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22 August 2007

Stories from 22 August 2007

Russia: Blogger on Trial for Writing Fiction

Blogger Dmitry Shirinkin faces trial for having written on his blog that he had purchased a gun and was going to kill a few dozen people in one of the...

Syria: Through the Bloggers’ Cameras

Hovic and Abd are two friends from Aleppo in northern Syria. They are also among the finest photo bloggers on the blogsphere. Hovic and Abd's Blogs, named, Syria Looks and...

Bosnia & Herzegovina: “Voluntourists”

Bosnia Vault links to a piece on “voluntourists” in Srebrenica.

Russia: Intermarriages

Of the more than 60,000 marriages in Moscow in the first half of 2007, a quarter were between native Muscovites – “typically an ethnic Russian woman – and a citizen...

Russia: August 1991

Window on Eurasia writes about the missed opportunities of the August 1991 coup, which out an end to the Soviet Union.

Serbia: Kosovo Roma

Peshas Gypsy Gitan Blog writes about the plight of the Roma of Kosovo.

Jamaica: Media Emergency?

“I am a big supporter of the media and their freedom of speech. I do believe in the public’s right to know. However, I don’t know that the media has...

Trinidad & Tobago: Faith and Tolerance

Caribbean Free Radio refers to an article by Nilanjana S. Roy to make a point about tolerance – religious and otherwise – and puts in her two cents’ worth about...

Russia: Nashi, BBC, and the Upcoming Elections

Mark MacKinnon writes about the recent BBC ban and the Nashi movement's summer camps: “Both the Kremlin's bolstering of “patriotic” youth movements and its crackdown on non-state media outlets are...

Estonia: Russia

Yet another blog battle is raging in the comments section of Edward Lucas’ post on the Russo-Estonian relations.

Ukraine: Bukovyna's New Romanians

Edward Lucas writes about Bukovyna's demographic trends: “A Ukrainian TV channel reports that 50,000 people in the western region of Chernovtsy now hold Romanian passports.”

Jamaica: Only Kindess Matters

“A friend of mine saw the hunger in my eyes after the hurricane…and she gave me what she had, two starburst in an easy to open mini pack.” Nuff Conscious...

Czech Rebublic: “Imaginary Migrants”

Dr. Sean's Diary writes about the Czech Republic's immigration policies and the president's “imaginary migrants and imaginary Muslims.”

Jamaica: Visionary?

Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle explores the elements that make vision statements work…or not.

Czech Rebublic, Slovakia: Tax Systems

Dr Sean's Diary compares the tax systems of Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Guyana: Rainmaker

Guyana-Gyal wants to be a rainmaker…

Cuba: Visit to Cuba

“In the end, despite all of Cuba's festering sores, I embraced the country like no other before. It was an odd feeling…I knew I could never live in the country,...

Tanzania: How to shoot yourself in the foot

How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot is the lesson Tanzania’s parliament is delivering, at least for the time being, after its decision to suspend a Member of Parliament for...

Cayman Islands: Hurricane Wisdom

Blogging from the Cayman Islands, Mad Bull has been through his fair share of hurricanes and shares this piece of advice: “…if your house is in good condition, stay inside,...

Belize: Safe After Dean

“It was like nothing I have ever experienced. I always thought that a hurricane would be loud, but it was almost deafening at times.” Belize-y Livin’ recounts her experience of...

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