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4 June 2007

Stories from 4 June 2007

Kazakhstan: Extraditing Aliev

With Rakhat Aliev, the son-in-law of Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev, having been arrested in Austria and released on bail awaiting extradition to Kazakhstan to face kidnapping and other criminal charges,...

Afghanistan: Heroes of Afghanistan

SunLeaf discusses some non-Afghan champions of Afghanistan.

Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana: JFK “terror” plot

Bloggers in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana react with consternation to news that four of their countrymen have been implicated in an alleged "terror plot" against JFK International Airport in...

Afghanistan: Tourism in Nursitan

Afghanistanica examines the prospects for tourism in Afghanistan's Nuristan province and finds them quite good if one happens to be an elite airborne soldier.

Kazakhstan: So Long, Mr. Vassilenko…

neweurasia reports on a notable departure from Kazakhstan's embassy to the United States. Embassy spokesman Roman Vassilenko, whom the post's author calls Kazakhstan's “most useful person in Washington, DC,” will...

Kyrgyzstan: Joining Russia

Non Pon reports on the debate over Kyrgyzstan joining a confederation with Russia, an idea proposed by former Prime Minister Feliks Kulov.

Israel: Mind Boggling Solution

“The big news today is the announcement that the Israeli Defense Ministry has decided to take a pass on one of the only fully deployed/fielded solutions available today against the...

Egypt: Silence Over Sexual Harassment

“We are still with the sexual harassment problem in Egypt. It seems that it is a real problem in Egypt no one wants to speak about,” writes Egyptian blogger Zeinobia.

Egypt: A Dog's Destiny

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani, who blogs from Egypt, writes about how authorities are dealing with stray animals.

Bahrain: Broadband Penetration

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif shares his thoughts on broadband penetration in Bahrain.

More on Moldovans in Italy

Lyndon Allin translates another blog comment about Moldovans living and working in Italy - this time by a commenter named Snejana: "…when I write about Moldova I get very emotional,...

Lebanon: Explosion Rocks Beirut Suburb

“An explosion has been reported in the Sid el Baucherieh suburb of Beirut, next to the Mar Ta2la church. The exact time of the explosion was 8:15 pm, coinciding with...

Israel: 40 years of Occupation

Israeli blogger Desert Peace talks about Palestinians under siege in the West Bank – after 40 years of occupation.

Israel: Blogging the Conflict

Aussie Dave from Israel continues to update us on the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Jordan: Number of Iraqi Refugees

Want to know the real number of Iraqi refugees in Jordan? Konfused Iraqi Kid says a report has been commission and the results will be out soon.

Slovenia: “Self-Absorbed Bike Lane-Parking Morons”

Outraged – and inspired – by Ljubljana’s “Self-Absorbed Bike Lane-Parking Morons,” Piran Cafe creates a Flickr group and encourages readers to get involved in some activism: “The idea is a...

Bahrain: Letter to King

Bahraini blogger Abu Rasool links to a Human Rights Watch letter addressed to His Majesty King Hamad of Bahrain about abuses allegedly committed by security forces in his country.

Moldova: “Last Bell” Ceremony

Peter Myers of Doi Ani de Zile: Adventures in Moldova posts a moving and detailed account of the “last bell” ceremony, which marked the end of his second – and...

Estonia: Varbla Cemetery

Itching for Eestimaa is on the road again, this time visiting his wife's great-grandparents’ graves in Varbla: “Anna learned of her impending deportation — for being the wife of a...

Former Soviet Union: “Collapse” Photos

Watch a selection of photos “that seem to best capture ‘the collapse'” of the USSR – and suggest your own – at Darkness at Noon.

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