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13 June 2007

Stories from 13 June 2007

Russia: Landslide in the Valley of Geysers

A detailed report, in Russian AND in English, with photos, on the June 3 landslide that damaged much of Kamchatka's Valley of Geysers – by LJ user spanishflyer (Andrei Leonov).

Albania: Bush's Watch

The Voice of Europe links to an extremely popular YouTube video that shows “the crowd of cheering Albanians in the village of Fushe Kruja” stripping George W. Bush of his...

Serbia: Kosovo Independence

TOL's Steady State discusses different aspects of the Kosovo independence situation.

Former Soviet Union: Victims of Communism Memorial

As the Victims of Communism Memorial opens Washington, D.C., J. Otto Pohl lists “the nationalities deported in their virtual entirety by the Soviet government from their homelands to distant areas...

Moldova: Chisinau

Music and Life – Everywhere! writes about Moldova's capital Chisinau.

Ukraine: Victor Yushchenko Interview

Mark MacKinnon posts the full transcript of his recent interview with Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko.

Russia: Peter Tatchell Interview

The Gist‘s Michelangelo Signorile posts a link to his interview with British activist Peter Tatchell, who “was severely beaten at an attempted Moscow Gay Pride event on Sunday, May 27.”

Iran:Jailed Students Under Pressure

According to[Fa] TjDaily,eight AmirKabir University students who are in prison are under pressure to confess what the authorities would like to hear.These student activists are accused of publishing anti governmental...

Diggeh is a user-contributed bookmarking site like and, but for IRANIAN/PERSIAN oriented content.All are in English.

Iran:A Logo to Remind Samarra's Golden Mosque

Muslim Bloggers Association has created a logo[Fa] to remind Samarra's Golden Mosque that was damaged after an explosion today in Iraq.

China: “Won't Sell Even If It Kills Me”

China has gone crazy for diverse portfolio capitalism—literally, in the case of one investor who couldn't get online to check his stocks when values dipped last week. Count on netizens,...

Singapore: YouTube and Beyond

The Habitatnews blog announces a talk titled “Youtube and beyond: What you want to know but never knew who to ask” to be held at a public library in Singapore....

India: Mumbai and Monsoon

Even as the government doesn't do much about its promises to make Mumbai more monsoon-safe, To Each Its Own recalls the floods in the city in 2005 and wonders if...

Singapore: Singaporeans First

Bart JP at Perpectives Unlimited argues why he is skeptical about the “Put Singaporeans First” talk. Singapore is home a large number of foreigners who live, work and study in...

India: The Shah Bano legacy

The Social Blog reviews the legacy of an act, which ironically does the opposite of what it is called. “The Rajiv Gandhi-led Government in power, passed the Muslim Women (Protection...

Nepal: Durbar Square in motion

An American blogger in Nepal working to promote and protect Dalit rights, has a photograph that captures the energy of a street when a banda (strike) is not in place.

Pakistan: India and the IT-BPO Sector

The Pakistani Spectator has a conversation with a friend about India's IT-BPO sector, and points to India's secular years and investment in education as the factors that helped the success.

Nepal: Women and the State

Kathmandu Speaks asks why women commit suicide in Nepal, and points to the perceived lack of support for women.

Lebanon: Blogger's Close Encounter with Explosion

Blogger Charles Malik was only 50 meters away from the explosion that targeted a Lebanese MP killing and injuring more than 20 civilians today. He recounts his experience: “We were...

“Beat the Censors!”, a gift of freedom for Thai Internet users

To date, Thailand’s ICT Minister, Dr Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom, has not kept his promise to unblock the popular video-sharing site, YouTube, which was blocked by the Thai government in April 2007...

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