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6 August 2007

Stories from 6 August 2007

Singapore: A Country Worth Fighting For

Singapore celebrates its national day this week. Gerald Giam says “Our country might have its flaws, but if we take an honest look at the state of our nation, most...

Iran:Asian basketball

Razeno informs[Fa] that for the first time Iranian basketball team won Asian basketball championship.The blogger says basketball is less popular than football in Iran and it is a reason why,politicians,...

Russia: North Pole Flag-Planting

The Accidental Russophile posts a detailed entry on the Russian North Pole flag-planting; Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert writes that though the Russians he knows are proud,...

Russia: Sakhalin Earthquake

White Sun of the Desert writes about a 6.4 earthquake that has recently hit Sakhalin.

Russia: 1937

Sean's Russia Blog writes about one of the orders that marked the beginning of Stalin's Terror.

Iran:528 bloggers support jailed students

14 Mordad reports that 528 bloggers have announced their support for jailed student activists.

Romania: Cemetery and Church Pictures

Romerican posts cemetery pictures from the northwest of Romania (where they “[greet] death with a smile”) and church pictures from the northeast (where they paint “demons, death, and killing”).

Uzbekistan: Pop music everywhere

Don't like pop music? Don't go to Uzbekistan in the summer, advises Joshua Kucera.

Romania: “Gastronomic Globalisation”

Andy H of Csikszereda Musings writes about “gastronomic globalisation”: “certain food items” that were not available in Romania when he settled there three years ago.

Kyrgyzstan: SCO summit

Kyrgyz Report reports that the guest houses built to host the heads of states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) have been finished, dearly costing the average taxpayer. Meanwhile, Mirsulzhan...

Iran:Government shutdown a leading journal

Zannevesht reports [Fa] that Shargh,a leading pro reform journal was banned by government. The journal was accused of interviewing a homosexual poet.

Tajikistan: Drug trafficking

Having just toured the Afghan-Tajik border area, Ian at Beyond the River has some thoughts on the cross-border drug trafficking so rampant in this area.

Afghanistan: Six years on

Six years after its invasion of Afghanistan, the United States has announced it will curb aid to the war-torn country. Bonnie Boyd thinks this does not make much sense at...

Armenia: Buying underwear

Nareg shares his experience of how difficult buying underwear can be in Armenia.

Armenia: Election update

Onnik Krikorian provides a comprehensive update of new developments in the run-up to next year's presidential elections in Armenia, including the opposition's inability to rectify past mistakes.

Iran:Soheil Assefi,a journalist and a blogger,arrested

According to media and RSF,Soheil Assefi, a blogger and a journalist,was arrested yesterday. In his blog,he has asked government to free Mansour Osanlou,a syndicate leader.He has also published a painting...

India: Being a Soldier

Blogeswari remembers a poignant moment when she witnessed a coffin being taken on board a flight during the Kargil War, and spares a thought for the armed forces.

Afghanistan: Relevant or not?

Afghanistanica develops two arguments: One that says that Afghanistan's importance is exaggerated and the other which argues that the country should not be forgotten.

Afghanistan: Hostage crisis

Mohammad Fahim Khairy translates passages of an article by local Afghan media claiming that four female Korean hostages have been sexually assaulted by their kidnappers.

Uzbekistan: Google censoring opposition?

Jamiyat reports that the website of an Uzbek opposition party has been filtered by the Russian version of Google: “Visiting this website may harm your computer.”

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