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9 February 2007

Stories from 9 February 2007

Ukraine, Russia: The Pipeline Vote

Foreign Notes posts an account of how the Ukrainian parliament “[spit] in Putin's porridge.”

Poland: Govt Resignations

The beatroot wonders whether the recent resignations mean that the Polish government is falling apart and provides more info on the resignation of the minister of the interior Ludwik Dorn....

Russia: Gorbachev & Putin vs Bill Gates

Russian Kafe reports: Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin join forces against Bill Gates in the pirated software case brought against a Russian schoolteacher.

Russia: Khodorkovsky's Statement

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's lawyer Robert Amsterdam releases a statement from his client.

Russia: Luzhkov's Skiing Accident

Snowsquare reports on Moscow's mayor's “annual head injury.”

Arabisc: Egyptian Women a Cut Above the Rest

Prostitution, female circumcision and lesbianism aren't vices restricted to Egyptian woman, says Egyptian blogger Tamr Heneh, in an open letter to Egyptian talk show hostess Dr Hala Sarhan. According to...

Iran:Iranian History Forum

An Iranian history forum is launched where people can discuss about different topics and periods in Iranian history.I discovered it thanks to

Kuweit: What's in a Video?

Tunisian blogger Sami Ben Gharbia writes (Fr): “Shams, the Kuweiti singer just released her video “Ahlan Ezzayak” [Welcome, how are you?] which has become popular in Arab countries. The video...

Afghan Whispers:National Reconcilation and Ashura

Askar Gu Raiz talks about national reconcilation in country.The blogger writes I believe the mere debate around the hostilities of the past three decades, and the indirect confession that parties...

Lebanon: So Lebanese

Lebanese blogger Nancy D describes this picture as ‘So Lebanese.’

Dubai: Tourism in Hatta

Lebanese blogger The Human Product visited Hatta, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and posted pictutres here.

Uzbekistan: Dialogue or Sanctions

Nick discusses a condemnation from the International Crisis Group of expanding European ties with Uzbekistan and wonders why there are different standards for European relations with Uzbekistan than with countries...

Israel: Palestinian Officials Pilgrimage

Aussie Dave at Israellycool ridicules Palestinian officials performing the Muslim pilgrimage rituals here.

Central Asia & Caucasus: Press Freedom

neweurasia reports on recent developments related to press freedom in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Israel: Palestinian Coalition

Jonathan at Head Heeb gives us his two cents on the Palestinian agreement reached in Mecca. “There are, to be sure, some positive signs. The fact that the Fatah and...

Georgia: Folk Music on MySpace

Levan continues to mine MySpace for Georgian music, coming up with a list of folk an classical musicians.

Armenia: Election Monitor

Onnik Krikorian posts his latest Armenian parliamentary election monitor at its new home, which will not only monitor online coverage of the election, but also occasionally produce its own original...

Armenia: Tax Transparency

The Armenian Economist applauds the Armenian tax service for making information on the top 1000 tax payers more transparent but says that it needs to be explained better.

Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Course

A course on human rights is being held in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, in March 15-16, reports Saudi Jeans. “The course is the first of its kind here, and the seats...

Saudi Arabia: Blogging Concerns

Saudi Jeans wonders how can bloggers protect themselves, following Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif‘s incident. “Mahmood's suggestion to arrange a workshop run by professional journalists to teach us how to criticize,...

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