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13 October 2006

Stories from 13 October 2006

Bermuda: What's so special about the gardens?

An anonymous contributor to the Save the Gardens blog writes an eloquent defense of Bermuda's Botanical Gardens.

YouTube. Whose Tube? Google's acquisition triggers Lusosphere debate

It could be seen as just another dot-com mega-deal that would not get much discussion beyond in-depth reports in specialized magazines. But gleaning the discussions of Lusophone bloggers is revealing...

Georgia: Making Their Case

Registan.net discusses the savviness of Georgia's president in making the country's case and gaining sympathy in the West that enhances its power in its ongoing conflicts with Russia.

Kazakhstan: New Party

Sean Roberts reports on the probable emergence of a new political party in Kazakhstan that would serve the interests of businesspeople.

Georgia: Social Impact of Russia Conflict

Dan O'Huiginn reports on some of the social impacts of the Russia-Georgia conflict.

Armenia: Genocide Bill Fallout

Blogrel outlines some of the impacts and consequences of the passage of France's law against denying the Armenian genocide. While the author is happy the bill passed, he hopes that...

Azerbaijan: Media Crackdown

Denise reports at neweurasia on a media crackdown in Azerbaijan that has resulted in the closure of a popular newspaper and an order to cease broadcasting news prepared outside of...

Zimbabwe: Smuggled DVD brings union protest beatings to light

This video reached me late last night via Ethan Zuckerman. At nearly ten minutes, it's longer than the other videos we've put up, but I strongly recommend you watch this....

Poland: Freedom of Speech

Traveling Life writes about the freedom of speech in Poland.

Russia: “Bashing Anna's Critics”

Edward Lucas responds to Anna Politkovskaya's critics.

Ukraine: Out of the Spotlight

Doug Merrill of A Fistful of Euros writes about Ukraine and the short attention span of the media and bloggers.

Belarus: Paval Krasouski Case

TOL's Belarus Blog continues to cover the case of youth activist Paval Krasouski.

Belarus: “Brothers in Arms”

TOL's Belarus Blog writes about the country's Czech, Slovak and Polish “brothers in arms.”

Poland: Ryszard Kapuscinski and the Nobel Prize

The beatroot writes that the Nobel Prize for Literature “is not a literary prize at all, it merely reflects the contemporary obsessions of the West – and particularly Sweden” –...

Lebanon: Politics and the Finer Arts

The political turmoil in Lebanon seems to be taking its toll on the Lebanese blogosphere. Many posts reflect on the internal squabble going on. But we can still find some...

Dispatch from Uganda

Peace talks continue in Juba, Sudan, between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Ngomrom faults the Government of Uganda and Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) of...

Great day for Bangladesh: Dr. Yunus and Bangladesh gets the nobel prize

Wake up world. This is real. For the first time in recent history Bangladesh has made news in all the international media for a positive contribution to the world. Dr....

Ecuador Chooses

This coming Sunday Ecuadoreans will head to the polls for the first round of presidential elections. As Bloggings by Boz notes, only three presidents have finished their full term in...

Malaysia: Festive Wishes “Unislamic”

Malaysian politician Lim Kit Siang blogs about a letter that prohibited Muslim employees of a Malaysian insurace company from wishing their Hindu friends for the Hindu festival of Deepawali. The...

Malaysia:Bus Ride in Kuala Lumpur

Bunnywunny and her cameraphone ride the public bus service in Kuala Lumpur. The blogger urges readers to take the bus to discover the soul of the city.

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