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21 December 2006

Stories from 21 December 2006

French Antilles: Retail is Principal Economic Sector

Says NewMedia (Fr), according to a recent investigation by the French government, retail is the principal economic sector in French overseas departments Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyane: “Retail encompasses half the...

Armenia: Dead Homeless

Onnik Krikorian writes about encountering the dead body of a homeless man while walking his son to school. He says that many homeless people die on the streets in Yerevan...

Guyane: Forest In Danger from Gold Digging

Blada.com (Fr) points to a Mongabay.com english-speaking series on the French Guianese environment and says: “Illegal gold digging is threatening the forest, biodiversity and indigenous populations of French Guiana. The...

Tajikistan: Voices from Tajikistan

Vadim rounds up the Tajik blogosphere.

Kyrgyzstan: Ala Kachuu

Tolkun Umaraliev writes on the practice of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, noting that the practice is common despite it being illegal. He says that officials are reluctant to do anything...

Kazakhstan: Controlling Nationalism

Sean Roberts analyzes efforts to control nationalism in Kazakhstan, efforts that have not been entirely successful.

Central Asia & Caucasus: 30 Years After Independence

neweurasia looks at Central Asia and the Caucasus 15 years from now in a series of posts addressing the fates of the various countries of the region.

Guadeloupe:Celebrating Chevallier de St-George

Guadeloupe Attitude is happy (Fr) a Guadeloupean school chose to rename itself after local historic figure Joseph Bologne a.k.a. Chevallier de St-George, the child of a white French planter and...

Armenia: .AM Domains

The Armenian Economist asks why there are so few .am domains.

Armenia: Araz Petition

Christian Garbis reports on the Araz Petition, an online petition named after an Iranian teenager struck and killed by a speeding driver in Yerevan. The petition aims to pressure the...

Bangladesh: A divided nation

drishtipat on Bangladesh as a divided family, with parallels drawn on quarrels in slums and the blogosphere. “Well, we, 150 million people are divided into two groups in support of...

Sri Lanka: Discrimination and those of the Indian Origin

Moju on workers in Sri Lanka of Indian origin being paid less than average and the troubling times for this ethnic community. “Their call on an indefinite strike to raise...

India: The glory of strikes

Random thoughts of a demented mind on enjoying a Bandh (strike) in West Bengal. “Postponing a bandh? What kind of lunacy is that? Don’t people understand that the bandh needed...

Pakistan: The return of the Expat

Metroblogging Islamabad on Pakistani expats returning to the city and not quite fitting in. “All they can do is complain and try to pose something they are not with their...

Lithuania: Camerata Klaipeda

Music and Life – Everywhere! writes about the Lithuanian Camerata Klaipeda – “a very interesting little string orchestra” – and other music matters.

The Balkans: Reading List

South East Europe Online compiles a list of English-language books on the Balkans.

Estonia, Latvia: EU for Non-Citizens

Itching for Eestimaa reports that the Council of the European Union now permits non-citizen residents of Latvia and Estonia to travel in the EU without visas: “Hopefully those newcomers that...

Slovakia: “The Nature of the Regime”

Slovakia's Deleted By Tomorrow writes about “the nature of the regime”: “Bit by bit the poisonous stupidities are swelling, building up, gaining momentum and threaten not only the free development...

Russia: Abramovich Leaves Chukotka

Billionaire and FC Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has resigned as governor of Chukotka, reports Russia Blog.

Arabisc: Moroccan Authorities Lack Humour, says Blogger

In Morocco, a newspaper is being sued for publishing an article on jokes which Moroccans enjoy. Blogger Hjiouij thinks its not discussing religious issues that the authorities object to in...

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