Stories from 13 February 2006
Sean Guillory looks at Vladimir Putin's dissertation, “Strategic Planning of Regional Raw Material Operations in a Market Economy,” which he wrote as a student of the St. Petersburg Mining Academy in 1997. Stored at the Russian State Library, the dissertation is a hit with the readers. Also, Sean discusses Vladimir...
Two more additions to Konstantin Dlutskiy's photo collection of DIY design at the Russian Marketing Blog: wedding flowers sold with a discount for loyal customers, and a “Baby” store selling vodka and beer.
Carlos Roberto Cabrera (ES) has created GuateFlickr, a blog which collects the best Flickr photos of Guatemala.
Miguel Octavio, Alex Beech, and Ana Julia Jatar (ES) all have something to say about the current court case against Maria Corina Machado, the director of opposition group SUMATE, who is charged with accepting a $31,000 grant from the National Endowment for Democracy.
Mary Ann Swissler posts an email by Judy Brady about her recent trip to Venezuela with the fair trade group, Global Exchange. Daniel Duquenal offers his explanation of the Hugo Chavez-Tony Blair diplomatic spat.
This week Atina Chile asks the 1000 plus participants in the Atina Blog Awards to answer the question, “how can blogs help create a more just and equitable society?”
Made in Brazil has a photo of the Brazilian football team's new uniform for this year's World Cup and weighs in: “The only question now is: when is mesh going to make a comeback?”
The Argentine indie band, Video de Mi Pequeña Muerte now has a blog where they have posted their newest music video, “Cuando el sol prometio volver,” which was recorded using a digital camera and then uploaded to Google Video says Fernando Casale (ES).
Ben Dangl describes his nine-hour bus ride from La Paz to Cochabamba where he encountered a road blockade in the mountainous town of Alitplano that inspired conversation with a fellow traveler named Kuki.
Christian Garbis discusses the end of talks between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which ended without a deal over Nagorno-Karabakh.
James of neweurasia and Gene Daniels of Registan.net have different takes on political turmoil in Kyrgyzstan.
James of neweurasia reports that a Kazakh opposition leader has been killed. Again…
Oneworld Multimedia has its weekly roundup of the Armenian blogosphere.
neweurasia reports that Turkmenistan is rocking the boat in the Ukraine-Russia gas deal by threatening to raise gas prices.
Jeff Barry has found some interesting resources about Argentina's electronic voting pilot program last October.
Afghan Reality talks about signs of hope for Afghanistan after the London conference. The blogger says: “Afghanistan Compact will serve as the international community's reassurance in helping rebuild Afghanistan. The document officially agreed upon at the two-day international conference in London starting January 31, 2006 highlights key areas where Afghanistan...
India: Lone at Winter Olympics
In her latest column, Masha Gessen writes about a court verdict that has caused mass protests in Russia: a driver happened to be in the way of a speeding governor; the governor's car crashed and the governor died; the hapless driver was sentenced to four years in a labor settlement....
Nepal: Between China and Nepal
DFN talks of the need for the Nepali diaspora to pump money into the democracy movement in Nepal: moral support is not enough.
Pakistan: Marriage and Women