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21 March 2007

Stories from 21 March 2007

Mauritania: First Arab Country to Hold a Second Round in a Presidential Election

The blog of Convergence Républicaine pour l'Instauration de la Démocratie en Mauritanie (CRIDEM) points to a La Tribune d'Algérie article stating [Fr]: “Long considered a back-country, Mauritania just proved to...

Armenia: Economic Developments

Armenian Blog Review reports on various developments in the Armenian economy, including a natural gas pipeline linking Iran and Armenia and poor localization for Windows XP, as discussed on Armenian...

Morocco: El Bicho and Darga Perform April 1st

Chadstoune is happy Moroccan band Darga and Spanish band El Bicho will be performing in Casablanca on April 1. Says the blogger: Says the blogger [Fr}: “El Bicho is one...

Kyrgyzstan: Svetlana Nazarenko

Tolkun Umaraliev reports that Svetlana Nazarenko, a native of Bishkek who is the lead singer of the Russian band Gorod 312 (ru), has been awarded the honorary title “Honored Artist...

Uzbekistan: Mosque and State discusses how the government of Uzbekistan is using the state-sanctioned Islamic religious establishment to back its policies and ideology.

Afghanistan: Nowrouz & Signs of Spring

Safrang writes that spring has become associated with renewed fighting in Afghanistan in recent years and takes the liberty of changing an old folk song associated with Nowrouz (the holiday...

China: Book banned prior to printing

Prior to a recent reprinting, ‘A Narrow Escape From Death: My ‘Right-wing’ Life’, a book from retired Xinhua journalist Dai Huang was banned from being published by order of China's...

Estonia: Tallinn and Narva

Itching for Eestimaa writes about a day spent in Tallinn (11 comments) and the city of Narva (35 comments).

Estonia, Russia: Football and (Lots of) Politics

An upcoming football game between Estonia and Russia inspires Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa to write a lengthy post on all the complex political matters that stand between the two...

Serbia: Neo-Nazis

Belgrade 2.0 writes about Serbian neo-Nazis and their web presence.

Serbia: Milosevic and the Internet

Belgrade 2.0 predicts a new war, over Milosevic: “Even though the online group of Milosevic-haters is by far bigger than the group of his supporters, it seems as if the...

Serbia: “Deveti Mart”

Belatedly, a bit of contemporary Serbian history, via Belgrade 2.0: on March 9, 1991, Belgrade became the scene of large protest rallies. “This was the first sign that the citizens...

Serbia: Belgrade Zoo

Belgrade 2.0 reports on the sorry state of the Belgrade Zoo.

The Balkans, Japan: War Re-Enactment Games

Photos of a group of Japanese men clad in Croatian and Serbian military uniforms has caused a scandal in the Serbian blogosphere, Neretva River reports: “…these men were participating in...

Ukraine: Soviet Currency Places

MoldovAnn discovers a couple places in Kyiv where the Soviet-time currency – rubles and kopeks – still survives.

Latvia: Ukrainian and Russian Folk Music

Dykun posts a video and writes on a Ukrainian and Russian folk music performance in Riga, Latvia: “they performed together a show of russian and ukrainian wedding songs and rituals,...

Russia: Subway Dogs and Manners

Darkness at Noon writes about the Moscow subway – its dogs and the etiquette.

Russia: “Whack the Blogs”

Heribert Schindler of Rossijskaja Federazija “whacks” Russia blogs of a certain category: “My entry ‘Whack the Blogs’ is admittedly inspired by a most rabid and fascinating phenomenon of blogosphere, by...

Costa Rica: Cafta, Point of Discord

Roy Rojas on the intense protests against the Central American Free Trade Agreement in Costa Rica: “what has happened in countries that have ratified the agreement, for example Nicaragua and...

Latin America: Bush vs Chávez

Calling George Bush's visit to Latin America, “a meaningless show”, Robert Borbow sketches a cartoon to show Bush and Hugo Chavez competing for influence in the region.

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