Stories from 3 July 2007
Boing Boing writes about the Stasi Smell Museum: “The Stasi — East German secret police — kept an enormous museum of ‘smell samples’ of German citizens, kept in case they ever needed to give hunting dogs the scent of a fugitive criminal.”
Olechko writes about Tavriyski Igry music festival, the Pyrogiv open-air folk museum, and the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.
Belgrade 2.0 writes about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ concert in the town of Indjija – and posts pictures, and reviews the bloggers’ responses.
Anegdote tells an old story about a Communist Party council in a remote Montenegrin village.
Photographer Oleg Klimov images of Irkutsk – here (RUS) and here.
Instead of a post on the battle of Kosovo, De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow – and posts a photo of a graffiti in Samara, which says in Serbian: “Serbs and Russians are brothers forever. Greece, Serbia, Russia.”
Darkness at Noon writes about his “newfound acceptance of Russia.”
Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert and BearBait list 27 ways “to tell you live in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.” Here's one: “You think nothing of paying USD3000 for an apartment refurbished with leopard skin touches, a dodgy boiler, pneumatic door bolts and an alcoholic living in the stairwell.”
Vilhelm Konnander writes about the Turkish city of Kars and “its multi-faceted historical heritage.”
La Russophobe posts a translation of Andrei Illarionov's piece in Yezhednevnyi Zhurnal.
Romerican again writes about “the mystique and allure of communist-era motoring icons.”
“But why waste so much energy on that relationship with diminishing returns?” writes Itching for Eestimaa about Estonia's relations with Russia, and continues with an overview of Estonia's relations with other countries.
According to[Fa] Maydaan, Delaram Ali,a young activist for equal rights was sentenced to about 3 years prison and ten lashes. She had just participated in a peaceful demonstartion against gender discrimination.
Togo-iTunes posts an article about a new law for financing political parties (Fr). Any of Togo's nearly 80 political parties that have received at least five percent of the vote in legislative elections, five seats in the National Assembly, or 10% in local elections will be eligible for government funding.
London Sevdah writes about the Urban Sevdah band and links to the YouTube videos of their performances.
Bosnia Vault writes about “Bosnia’s Book of the Dead” project: according to the recently released findings, over 97,000 Bosnians died as a direct result of the 1991-95 war.
Bosnia Blog links to photos of Bosnian mosques and to “an interesting analysis of what would have and have not happened if Gavrilo Princip had not pulled the trigger on that fateful day in Sarajevo.”
Tunisien Doctor writes about a recent meetup of fifteen bloggers that went down in Tunis this weekend. A map was drawn. There were games involved (Fr).
Mixed Bag explores the notion of music in counterculture, looking specifically at rock music in India.
All Things Pakistan links to various media reports on the shootout at Lal Masjid. There is an interesting discussion on in the comments space.
Behind the Chairman's Door on a shootout between the students of Lal Masjid and the government, with links to other opinions.