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24 May 2007

Stories from 24 May 2007

Ecuador: The President Pushes Free Software

The use of YouTube to disseminate messages has now reached the presidential palace in Ecuador. President Rafael Correa last month spoke about the use of free software and its benefits...

Ukraine: Piskun, Again

Ukrainiana writes: “Svaytoslav Piskun, Ukraine’s perennial prosecutor general, lost his job today.” Once again. This time, though, his dismissal has caused some Ukrainian politicians to talk of “an attempted coup.”

Russia: Investments in Austria

Robert Amsterdam writes about Russian investments in Austria.

Morocco's UN Refugee Office Closes its Doors

Cat in Rabat reports that The United Nations Refugee Office in Morocco has closed its doors after African migrants stormed the building on Saturday. “They were demanding financial assistance for...

Ukraine, Serbia: Investigating Political Murders

Taras Kuzio writes about political assassinations and pursuit of justice, and compares Ukraine to Serbia: “Ukraine’s fragile democracy is closer to Serbia’s democratising state than to Russia’s autocracy.”

Serbia: Kosovo Shelter for Stray Dogs

Prishtine: Independence and Kanun writes about Kosovo Shelter for Stray Dogs.

Latvia: Presidential Candidates

Marginalia and All About Latvia write about the presidential candidates, including the governing coalition's Valdis Zatlers, “the nearly unknown medical doctor.”

Belarus: More on Student Rallies

More on the recent student protest and the “official” opposition at TOL's Belarus: “Student protests have not been that successful – and official opposition media have mostly failed to deliver...

Estonia, Russia: More on Cyber War

Edward Lucas writes on “cybersecurity,” and Urmo, in the comments section, gives an update on the Estonian-Russian “information war.”

Iran:what do people when they are worried about being arrested?

In recent weeks several Iranian-Americans including Haleh Esfandiari were arrested and have no right to have a lawyer.View From Iran writes what do people when they are worried about being...

India: Street Vending and the Media

Sacred Media Cow on how the media covers the issue of street vendors. “The local English print media has often targeted hawkers invoking a liberal-democratic discourse of citizenship: the rights...

India: Television in the 80s

DesiDabba remembers television serials aired in the 1980s and early 90s, and wonders if they would have their appeal if they were to air today. “This brings us to the...

India: Supermarkets, Chain stores and Corner Stores

The Qualitative Research Blog on the differences between supermarkets and traditional stores in the UK and India. “It’s interesting to see how retail establishments from these two worlds are converging...

Pakistan: Thinking as a Nation

The Pakistani Spectator on the importance of thinking like a nation. “We have totally disregarded thinking as a nation, if symbol of unity and integrity is thinking on such lines...

Pakistan: Violence, Terrorism and Islam

iFaqeer on Islam, leadership, terrorism and the politics of it all. “Given that, the problem as I see it, both with Muslims in the West and globally, and “communities of...

Israel: Sderot Under Attack

From Israel Katherine links to a video of a Sderot factory worker badly hurt in a Qassam rocket attack. “Sderot is a little town a few km's from the border...

Israel: Give Peace a Chance

IsraeliMom writes : “What bothers me most, is the implicit support of the Kassam attacks by ordinary Palestinians living in Gaza. I hope I'm wrong there and that they don't...

Palestine: Waiting for the Dreadful Conclusion

Palestinian blogger Laila Al Haddad updates us on life in Gaza. “I can't sleep. I get up maybe once every two hours. Go to the bathroom, walk around a little,...

Lebanon: Civilians Unharmed by Army

“During the past couple of days, media and many blogs have been reporting the cruel racist targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians by the Lebanese Army. Some even went as far...

Lebanon: Where Will the Next Bomb Strike?

Lebanese blogger Charles Malak is asking: Where will the next bomb strike in Lebanon? “So, where can we expect the next attack? Hamra? Jal ed Dib? Batroun? Bhamdoun? Most Lebanese...

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