3 August 2007

Stories from 3 August 2007

Russia: Ethnic and Religious Miscellanea

  3 August 2007

Window on Eurasia reports on the following subjects: Russia's Muslims’ support for Kosovo independence; Chechen youth choosing to study at Chechen universities; the Chuvash discovery of America and other myths presented as history; Islamic marriages in Tatarstan; and secessionist aspirations at Russia's ethnically Russian regions.

Russia: New Beslan Video

  3 August 2007

Mark MacKinnon writes on the newly-released video of the 2004 Beslan school siege, which “appears to show that the bloody climax was sparked not by an explosion inside the school, as the Kremlin has always claimed, but by shooting that originated outside the school.”

Russia: “Sex For the Motherland”

  3 August 2007

Edward Lucas posts his Daily Mail piece on the summer camp of the pro-Putin youth movement Nashi – and receives 62 comments. The title of the piece: “Sex for the motherland: Russian youths encouraged to procreate at camp.”

Serbia: More on Srebrenica Anniversary

  3 August 2007

Belatedly, a link to Jasmina Tesanovic's piece on the heat in Serbia, and, very belatedly, a link to her text on the 12th anniversary of Srebrenica tragedy (both hosted by Boing Boing), as well as Bruce Sterling's set of photos from the ceremony that took place at the Srebrenica graveyard...

Bulgaria: More on the Tripoli Six Release

  3 August 2007

Petya of bighead notes the overwhelming difference between reactions of Bulgarian and non-Bulgarian media on the release of the Tripoli Six. Declan Bultler guestblogs on “Liberty, Justice, HIV and Libya” over at Charkin Blog, and posts a Nature editorial “calling for Libya to go beyond the welcome political solution found...

Iran:Get me out of Here

Omid Memarian talks about jailed American-Iranian scholar,Hale Esfandiari. Recent just a few days after Haleh Esfandiari, in solitary confinement for three months without any contact with her attorney or family, appeared gaunt and frail on television, analyzing “velvet revolutions,” Shirin Ebadi,her lawyer, told me that when Ms. Esfandiari called her...

Pakistan: Obscenity and Technology

  3 August 2007

The Pakistani Spectator on the “recent disgusting surge in the publishing of immoral, obscene and outright nude video clips and pictures of Pakistani girls and boys on the sites like Youtube, FaceBook, Orkut and many other sites.”.

Bangladesh: Floods and Rain

  3 August 2007

With the monsoon in full swing, many cities and areas in South Asia find themselves dealing with heavy rain and floods. Rezwan on the situation in Bangladesh.

Turkmenistan: Kingmakers

  3 August 2007

Bonnie Boyd reports that the new Turkmen president Berdymukhamedov has put into prison the very secret police official who facilitated his rise to the helm of the Central Asian country.

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