Stories from 1 December 2006
Shards of Mongolia has thoughts on truth in Mongolia's media.
Registan.net writes about the role of clans in last month's anti-government protests and the implications of clans for democratization in Central Asia.
Yulia discusses Kyrgyzstan's options for responding to Uzbekistan raising prices for natural gas.
Zarchka reports on the transition to new traffic rules for vans that serve as public transportation that requires them to stop only at bus stops. After some chaos, she says that some sort of order has been restored, but that there have been unintended consequences.
With the inaugural theme of “Communication” in 1988, World AIDS Day was first established by UNAIDS as an annual day of awareness and outreach to confront the stigma, discrimination, and ignorance surrounding one of the world's deadliest preventable diseases. Nearly two decades, 65 million infections, and 25 million deaths later,...
Ellen Fields introduces the expat blog of Seth, a British national working for Amnesty International and living in Mexico City.
Venezuelan bloggers everywhere are adding their lost thoughts before this Sunday's presidential election. Miguel Octavio says, “Strange happenings all over the place as the Government seems to be stirring the pot unnecessarily.” Katy shows and links to “pictures of the illegal use of government funds to help the Chávez campaign.”...
Bilingual blogger Aldo Bonilla recommends the collection of photos at AntiguaDailyPhoto.com.
Carlos X. Colorado, moderator of the “San Romero” Yahoo! Discussion Group and guest-blogger on Tim’s El Salvador Blog takes a look at the top five candidates who might replace San Salvador Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle next year.
It seems that the spirit of Argentina's recent pillow fight flash mob has spread to Colombia [ES] Get your fluffiest weaponry ready.
According to Sos-Sanjari, Kianoosh Sanjari,23 years old jailed blogger met with his mother.Sos-Sanjari blog writes, according to Sanjari's mother, his son has lost weight and he is in a very bad condition.
“Minding my own business at a corner internet cafe along a main avenue in Cochabama, I noticed a commotion originating from the city’s main plaza, one block away. Dozens of pedestrians were holding their mouths and I knew that could only mean one thing – tear gas was dispersed to...
ArubaGirl puts paid to the idea that “nothing happens on small islands” by recounting some of the recent goings-on in Aruba.
Alpar has given a link to what he calls ridiculous law about sites and blogs. According to the new law [Fa], all sites and blogs should be registered in the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.Sites and blogs will have no right to publish anything against Leader,Islamic regime and even...
Petro of Petro's Jotter writes more on the Ukrainian Famine and his correspondence on the subject with the editor of a Kyiv expat publication.
“Ukraine Seeks to Join EU, NATO, G8, NBA, NASCAR, FIFA, Etc.” – this is just one of the headlines in the Kyiv Beet, an Onion-like Ukrainian publication, writes Ukraine List.
“The glorious expat community in Kyiv is wearing their sad faces,” writes Carpetblogger: neither pirated, nor licensed Borat DVDs are to be found in Ukraine's capital.
The blog of CAR presidential candidate Olivier Gabirault points to a Liberation article stating (Fr): “In 1997, Paris, linked to its former colony by a defense accord, disengaged by closing its two military bases (Bangui and Bouar) for economic reasons. Ten years later, French soldiers are back to support President...
“Just minutes before the movie Summer Palace (Serbian: Letnja Palata) […] rolled, Serbian authories came to the rescue and pulled the movie off the Festival because apparently China threatened to freeze all diplomatic activities with Serbia if the movie is shown,” reports Belgrade 2.0.
A Russian-language article on the reaction of “the People” translated at La Russophobe.
In response to the grim economic situation, abortion was made legal in the Soviet Union in 1920. From 1936 to 1955 – under Joseph Stalin and until after his death – abortion was outlawed. In today's Russia, according to some data, abortions outnumber live births; for many women, abortion is...