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17 August 2007

Stories from 17 August 2007

Turkey blocks popular blogging platform WordPress.com

The popular, and free, blogging platform WordPress.com has been blocked in Turkey and those who are trying to visit it are seeing this message: “Access to this site has been...

Argentina: Carpooling Match Site

Blog Pasa en Buenos Aires [ES] writes about a new site called Comparte Coche [ES], which is a way for commuters into the city of Buenos Aires to find carpooling...

Latvia: Demography

Latvia Economy Watch writes about the demographic situation in Latvia. Latvian Abroad writes about Latvians in the UK and Ireland – here and here.

Estonia: Gay Pride in Tallinn

All About Latvia shares his thoughts on Tallinn and the Gay Pride Parade there.

Russia: Russian Politics Syllabus

J. Otto Pohl is teaching in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, now, and has posted his Russian Politics Syllabus.

Ukraine: Another Election Campaign

Mark MacKinnon writes about yet another election campaign in Ukraine – yet “another farce.”

Russia: Racism

Mark MacKinnon writes about violence against non-Russians in Russia and the Kremlin's “strategy” of making Putin look like “a least-bad option” by not discouraging more radical political views: “…the monsters...

Guyana: Thunder and Lightning

“I wonder if is true, that when you want to know how far away the storm is, count the seconds between the thundah and lightening?” Guyana-Gyal thinks she's caught in...

Barbados, Jamaica: Dean Moves On

Cheese-on-Bread gives a Hurricane Dean update from Barbados: “When I heard on the news…that the all clear had been given I was surprised, 'cause in St. Michael the wind was...

Trinidad & Tobago: What Ails the Windies…

Vaneisa Baksh thinks that the West Indies Cricket Board would do well to listen to Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan's take on what ails West Indies cricket.

Haiti: Preparing for the Storm

As Haiti continues to prepare for Hurricane Dean's arrival, The Livesay Haiti Weblog reports: “The newest projections are saying ‘Dean’ will hit Southern Haiti sometime Saturday afternoon. It has not...

Cuba: Donation Drive?

Neither Babalu Blog nor Child of the Revolution is impressed by the latest Cuban campaign.

Jordan: Where's the Applause?

Natasha Tynes from Jordan writes that her country will be accepting 50,000 Iraqi children in schools and wonders: “Where's the applause?”

Jordan: Shawarma Ban

The Black Iris from Jordan discusses the shawarma ban in his country.

Israel: Coverage Praised

Liza from Israelity commends journalist and blogger Lisa Goldman for her coverage, marking the first anniversary of the Second Lebanon War.

Zimbabwe: Rigging Zimbabwe's 2008 elections

Mugabe has started rigging next year's elections: “Even though they plan to rig the election as usual, they want to give the result a semblance legitimacy by polling the largest...

Israel: Strange Democracy

Batya from Israel reports that Olmert enjoys five per cent support. “Strange kind of democracy we have here in Israel,” notes the blogger.

Iraq: Abu Ghraib Attack

Ladybird from Iraq posts a video of Iraqi ‘resistance’ forces attacking the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. She also reports that US forces killed two women and two children in Mada'in...

How to Help Needy Iraqis

Iraqi Khalid Jarrar writes about ways in which people can help needy Iraqis in this post.

Iraq: Journalist Murder Mystery

Alive in Baghdad narrates how an Iraqi journalist — Suhad Shakir — was shot dead in her car while driving and how her murder still remains a mystery.

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