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22 January 2007

Stories from 22 January 2007

Guinea: Conakry is Dying

Pourquoi L'Afrique Claudique reflects (Fr) on the Lansana Konte dictatorship in Guinea: “This country, considered one of the 20 poorest in the world despite its economic potential, will only be...

The Global Voices Show #4

Finally — the fourth episode of The Global Voices Show has landed! In this edition we feature excerpts from the following podcasts: - The IndiCast (India) – also see Global...

Uzbekistan: Presidential Term Expires

Registan.net says that the term of Uzbekistan's president expires today, depending on how you look at it.

Kazakhstan: World Class Sports

Ben Paarmann says that Kazakhstan, unlike other Central Asian states, is a home for world class sports.

Tajikistan: Stealing Phone Cables

Vadim reports that poverty and high prices for nonferrous metals are driving people in Tajikistan to steal telephone wires.

Kazakhstan: The Innovative Mr. Vassilenko

At neweurasia, Arthur reports on Roman Vassilenko, the spokesman of Kazakhstan's embassy to the United States and Canada, his innovative use of the internet, and his skillful handling of the...

Iran:Inflation makes us forgot about war

Roozmarigiha says Iranian people are so busy with high prices that pay no attention what is going on outside country's borders.The blogger says people just complain about inflation and do...

Argentina: Sex Meme

Mirko of Weblog de un chico GAY is tired of the ubiquitous “5 things meme” and so rebels by taking part in the more intimate sexual meme [ES]. We learn...

Argentina: Still searching for Julio Lopez

“Thursday marked four months from the disappearance of Jorge Julio Lopez, an elderly witness who has been missing since testifying in the trial against a police official from the last...

Mexico: Gay rights leader murdered

Andres Duque describes the murder of Mexican gay rights leader José Ernesto Leal Rodriguez who was stabbed to death in his Matamoros apartment. Federal deputy David Sanchez Camacho and commenters...

Iran:Don't Nuke me

Kamangir has created a banner with this slogan:Don't Nuke me I don't support him.The blogger used a creative way to say Iranians are not supposed to be attacked for Ahmadinejad's...

Ukraine, Romania: The Bridge

Ukraine List reports that a bridge has finally been constructed to connect two villages – one in Ukraine, the other in Romania: “The bridge was even the subject of a...

Ukraine: More on Kushnaryov's Death

Much more on Yevhen Kushnaryov's somewhat mysterious death and other political matters – at Foreign Notes, here and here, and at Ukrainiana, here.

Argentina: Comet McNaught

Both Robert Wright and Jeff Barry were able to photograph Comet McNaught as it passed over Buenos Aires’ Sunday night sky and provide some valuable links for more info on...

Bolivia: A Conflict Online

Video taken by Estotaweno of the “Youth for Democracy” crowd that broke through the police line towards an eventual confrontation with coca farmers in Cochabamba. January 11, 2007 is already...

Uruguay: Touring by Bicycle

Trading in his motorcycle, The Bent Gringo explains why he has opted for a recumbent bicycle on this tour of Uruguay.

Bolivia: One year of Morales

Jim Shultz and Boz each give their own analysis of Evo Morales’ first year in office. Mark in Mexico takes a jab at Morales following his claim that Mexican President...

Iran:A trip without any benefits

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a reformist politician, talks about Ahmadinejad's trip to Latin America.He writes:”Mr Ahmadinejad’s trip to three anti-American courtiers was among the most cost-bearing and useless events in the...

Russia: Localization

According to The Turkish Invasion, “you have been in Russia long time, when…” – when, for example, “you get suspiscious when someone smiles at you (rightly so)” (44 more items...

Russia: Moscow Snow

Two-Zero has photos of the long-awaited snow in Moscow – which was almost completely gone the next day.

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