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2 March 2006

Stories from 2 March 2006

Kyrgyzstan: University Bribery

neweurasia discusses corruption in Kyrgyz higher education.

Armenia: Public Art

Zarchka writes about mixed up priorities regarding the placement and treatment of public art in Armenia.

Mongolia: Erdenet Life

Blogolia writes about life and ethnic relations in Erdenet, Mongolia.

Central Asia: Missionaries

Ataman Rakin discusses the work of Christian missionaries in Central Asia and how it creates divisions and resentments in society.

Armenia: Prison

Oneworld Multimedia reports on prisons in Armenia. There are accompanying photos at hetqphotoblog. Start here and work back.

Brazil: Free Stones Concert

Ruben was at the free Rolling Stones concert in Rio de Janeiro and has this hilarious, photojournalistic report.

Latin America: Creative Commons Music Directory

Dialógica introduces a new, Spanish-language online directory of Creative Commons-licensed music called Jamendo.

Brazil: Unidos de Vila Isabel Wins Carnival in Rio

Made in Brazi has pictures from Carnival in Rio, where “samba school Unidos de Vila Isabel was … announced the champion of Carnival in Rio with the theme “Soy loco...

Bolivia: or Kollasuyu?

Miguel Centallas brings up one senator's suggestion that Bolivia be renamed to “Tawantinsuyo” or “Kollasuyo”. Jim Shultz poetically describes his love for Cochabamba.

Argentina, Chile, Uruguay: Pulp Plant Spat

Taylor Kirk of The Latin Americanist and Alfredo Sanchez of Olganza both post about a diplomatic squabble between Uruguay and Argentina over a pulp plant on the Uruguayan border which...

Cuba: Hip-Hop Documentary

Havana Journal has posted a preview of an upcoming documentary on Cuban Hip-Hop.

Colombia: Much Ado About Nothing?

Andres Duque writes about a small story that made a big wave when a council member from Tulua, Colombia proposed a bill that would have required all Tulua male residents...

Poland: No Proof of the Existence of Polish “Gulags” Yet

The Beatroot argues that Poland isn't “the Central European equivalent of Abu Ghraib” and asks Human Rights Watch to provide some solid evidence of the existence of “gulags” for CIA...

Europe: Poland vs Hungary in the EU Vodka Debate

“Polish vodka purists” define vodka “as an alcoholic beverage derived from cereals or potatoes,” writes the Beatroot; “Hungarian producers have been taking advantage of the EU regulation that allows almost...

The Balkans: A Joke About Radovan Karadzic

Meaghan of American For Hire shares a joke about Radovan Karadzic told by a cab driver in Belgrade.

Russia: Past and Present of Mosselprom

Snowsquare.com writes about the past and present of Mosselprom – the Moscow Association of Establishments for Processing Products of the Agricultural Industry: “[It] became famous for extraordinary advertising, with graphic...

Indonesia: Oil Concession

Yosef Ardi updates us on the struggle between ExxonMobil and Indonesian state oil company Pertamina over rights to operate the Cepu oil and gas field. He fills in some juicy...

Thailand: Taking a Stand

Dhannyboy at thai-blogs.com shares his thoughts about the ongoing protests against Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra: “It is because are will still believing to live in the land of milk and...

Russia: More On Dedovshchina

Sean Guillory writes about dedovshchina and cites an article in the Moscow Times that not just condemns conscript abuse in the Russian army, but offers ways of fighting it.

Russia: Matryoshka

Konstantin Dlutskiy of Russian Marketing Blog writes about Russia's very recognizable symbol, matryoshka, and its amusing rendering for a Russian opera festival poster.

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