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16 June 2006

Stories from 16 June 2006

Armenia: Businesses Threaten to Close

Christian Garbis writes that the appreciation of the Armenian dram has led some Armenian businesses to threaten to close up in Armenia and move to neighboring countries.

Kazakhstan: OSCE Chairmanship

Adam Kesher of neweurasia writes about Kazakhstan's bid for the OSCE chairmanship in 2009 (RUS).

Mongolia: Protest Claims Life

Yan notes that a protester in Mongolia has died after a confrontation with security forces. The protest was over mining issues and Yan says that the ongoing public debate over...

Georgia: The Paradox of Choice

Sue of SueAndNotU writes about Georgia's regional food specialties and remarks that the constant availability of foods in the United States denies Americans some of the great pleasures of unavailability.

Turkmenistan: Scorned

Peter says that Turkmenistan's president has lost patience with foreign powers making plans for his country without consulting him and notes that this is translating into opportunities for Russian and...

Uruguay: Music: Dani Umpi

From Uruguay, here is a handful of songs by painter, sculptor, singer and songwriter, Dani Umpi.

Ecuador: 3-0 Against Costa Rica

Ecuador is ecstatic with their (ES) victory (ES) over Costa Rica.

Costa Rica: Grown Men Crying

Uri Ridelman has some entertaining pictures from the first day of the World Cup when Costa Rica played tournament host Germany. In a related note, Bob Glass explains why “grown...

Ukraine: Books, Football and Politics

Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine updates his virtual library of books dealing with Ukraine and writes about two depressing subjects: Ukrainian politics and football.

Colombia: Finding Less or Less to Find?

Adam Isacson offers three leading explanations as to why Colombia's security forces have interdicted less cocaine the first half of this year than in recent, previous years.

Bolivia: A De-dolarizing Rumor

Alvaro Ruiz-Navajas publishes a rumor he received via email that Bolivian President “Evo [Morales] will de-dolarize the Bolivian economy and turn all deposits held in American dollars (USD) to Bolivian...

Ukraine: Blue-Orange Coalition?

LEvko of Foreign Notes writes about the disappointing possibility of a coalition between Yushchenko's Our Ukraine and Yanukovych's Party of the Regions: “Does anyone really know anymore what he really...

Ukraine: Hotels

Varske of Wu Wei writes about Kyiv's hotels: “Kiev hotels are notorious for being expensive, whether good or bad. At least now there are some international chains trying to set...

Mexico: Participitory Radio

Radio host (and now blogger) Ana Maria Salazar invites readers to participate in an online chat following her Saturday night radio program “Seguridad Total.” Also on Saturday, a gay pride...

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Trip to Srebrenica

Ed of Balkan Baby writes about his trip to Srebrenica.

Serbia & Montenegro: SCG Team Defeated by Argentina

Daniel Ginsberg of The Native Speaker writes about the sad end of the Serbia & Montenegro team – “the only team representing a country that doesn't exist.”

Ukraine, Russia: Dreams of a Biased Person

Ukrainian LJ user parasolya may admit to her anti-Russian bias a bit too eagerly, but all she wants is for Ukraine to be on friendly – and neutral – terms...

India: Flickr and Picasa

Amit Agarwal compares Flickr and the recently released Google Picasa photo album service.

India: Technology and Culture

Perspectives on technology and culture in India. Dina has a set of interesting observations on technology, usage and hardware in India.

Indonesia: World Cup Fever & Minister Blog

Despite Indonesia never reaches final round of Football/Soccer World Cup post-1945 of its independence, soccer has always been the most favorite sports ever in the country. So, no wonder then...

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