Stories from 7 December 2006
Last weekend, ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet, was admitted to the hospital because of a heart attack. The situation awoke national feelings of what he symbolises to Chilean citizens. This post is meant to share some of those reactions: El Chere (ES) on irreverencia (ES), writes: ¿Qué tienen en común el fin...
Kyrgyz Report says that the shooting of a citizen of Kyrgyzstan by a guard at the US airbase in the country has prompted the country's president to call for a revision of the legal status of the US troops there so they can be tried in Kyrgyz courts.
How happy are Uzbeks? Not nearly as happy as a new opinion poll claims they are says Registan.net.
Using an experience from a hotel in Beijing, Tom Terry discusses how Mongolian authorities could have combined realism and respect for the public in their bungled recent hijacking drill.
Ukraine List writes about the country's very old trees – so old they are protected by the state.
Orange Ukraine posts a long-awaited political news roundup.
It doesn't look like Ukrainian legislators are going to be as poor as the rest of the citizens when they retire: Foreign Notes reports on the new budget.
A Macedonian Roma singer plans to sue Borat, reports Illyrian Gazette.
London Sevdah performers need “mindset training“: “To put it into context, many people from Bosnia have suffered badly during the war (and the same goes for some of London Sevdah members) and some of the biggest suffering has come in the form of long term (subtle) mental damage. This means...
CNN is no longer available in Belarus, writes TOL's Belarus Blog, but “as long as Internet spreads through the country, blocking news channels would be useless…”
Wu Wei links to “the most detailed and authoritative prediction of what Martti Ahtisaari is going to say about Kosovo's status.” Neretva River wonders whether Russia's veto would plunge Kosovo into violence.
Neretva River offers a glimpse into the history of Croatian-Japanese relationship.
Balkan Baby posts a lengthy Albania travel report.
Music and Life – Everywhere! almost becomes victim of a popular scam in Kyiv – and doesn't realize it until much later!
Declan Butler writes about the new scientific evidence in the Tripoli Six case.
Mexican blogger Eduardo Arcos comments on the incredible web influence of Britney Spears [ES] and her lack of certain clothing garments: “she slipped into the top five most-searched keywords among a total of 1.3 million.
Liz Henry adds to the coverage of coverage of elections in Venezuela and Ecuador on BlogHer.
Some required reading for label lovers and regional political theorists alike: Maxwell Cameron's “Pink tide rising” and Boz's “Here's your scorecard.”
Mark in Mexico has four updates on the arrest of APPO leader Flavio Sosa in Mexico City. Juan Trujillo is far less enthusiastic about the detention and notes that “the spokesperson for the APPO, Florentino López, announced from hiding the start of a series of protests nationally and internationally to...
Great Bong writes on the Bengali culture and passion, with some very sharp words on the Bengali attitude. “Her weapons are rhetoric, theatrics, bandhs, disruption and vandalism. In that she mirrors a vocal section of the Bengali bhadralok of today whose lack of substance is covered by a smokescreen of...
A kiss in a movie between two stars causes quite a row. Jabberwock reflects on kissing and Bollywood. “What the self-appointed morality-keepers are objecting to, dear and earnest HT City, is the fact that a human male and a human female are locking lips on a big screen, and that...