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16 March 2007

Stories from 16 March 2007

Africa: Blogging business, investment, and entrepreneurship

In our first post on Africa's business bloggers we introduced you to the Africa bloggers focusing on business. In this second post, we are only going to focus on a...

Haiti: Chavez Visit and the Diplomatic Dance

Anticipating Chavez's upcoming visit to Haiti, Roody Edme writes [Fr]: “His arrival requires an apt diplomatic dance… The recent American decision to list the country as a nation that might...

Poland: “De-communization Zeal”

The beatroot writes about the Polish government's “de-communization zeal.” Among other things, bloggers might be affected by the new law as well: “All journalists – public or private – born...

Poland, Russia: Responsibility for Katyn

The beatroot reports that “the Russian NGO Memorial has pledged to pursue all legal means to get Moscow to recognize Soviet responsibility for the deaths of over 20,000 Polish officers...

Latvia: Documentary on Latvian President

Vilhelm Konnander writes about a documentary being made on Latvia's outgoing president Vaira Vike-Freiberga.

Russia: Unreliable Electricity

The Turkish Invasion experiences a blackout: “So another myth about Russia is busted…no reliable electricity.”

Russia: Interview With Sean Guillory

Andy of Siberian Light interviews Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog.

Russia: Coverage Critique

Russia in the Media critiques Luke Harding's Guardian piece on Russia's poor; Russia Blog awards The Stranger's Annie Wagner with “the Shoe Award” for her review of the 9th Company...

Russia, USA: Cold War Movies

Russian Kafe writes about Cold War films that could have caused “a child to write things like ‘I have been worrying about Russia and the United States getting into a...

Central Asia: Local Democracy

Tolkun Umaraliev agrees with the new Turkmen president's views on democracy — namely that it cannot simply be imported ready-made, but that it instead has to be adapted to local...

Russia: Has it Really Been Lost?

Russian bureaucrats force Darkness at Noon to live without his passport; at some point, it looks like the passport has been lost; but then the blogger hears this: “In Russia...

Kyrgyzstan: Latin Kyrgyz

The Azamat Report argues that Kyrgyzstan should reintroduce a Latin alphabet for the Kyrgyz language. It briefly used a Latin script while part of the Soviet Union.

Tajikistan: The President vs. Islamization

At neweurasia, Vadim discusses the Tajik president's opposition to the construction of new mosques. Vadim agrees with the president that the money could be better spent on new businesses and...

Russia: No Toilet Seats

Darkness at Noon ruminates on the missing toilet seats in the Russian public bathrooms.

Afghanistan: Reconciliation and Accountability

Safrang continues discussion on reconciliation and accountability legislation in Afghanistan, wondering how both can be obtained in the country's current political climate.

Mexico: The World's Third Wealthiest Man

He is, writes Mark in Mexico, “the world's third richest man, whose fortune grew by 19 billion dollars just last year alone.” But will Carlos Slim jump on the Bill...

Colombia: Para-Politicos

More watchdog blogging from Adam Isacson: “here is our most current list of Colombian government officials and congresspeople facing accusations of assisting or associating with paramilitary groups.”

El Salvador: Deadbeat Parents

Tim Muth on “Deadbeat parents from El Salvador”: “This is an aspect of Salvadoran emigration to the US which you do not often read how about — what happens if...

Peru: The Juntos programme

The Overseas Development Institute calls the Juntos program “the most ambitious and innovative government attempt at tackling childhood poverty in Peru, a country where two out of three children live...

Mexico: $1,000 to get Naked

Eduardo Arcos[ES] links to a post by Verónica Mellado [ES] offering bloggers $1,000 to videotape themselves getting naked. The winning submission will published on the web. Arcos suggests Paniagua [ES].

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