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3 September 2007

Stories from 3 September 2007

Iran:National Unity and Insults

Mohammad Ali Abtahi,reformist politician and blogger,says the Leader of Islamic Republic of Iran [Ali Khamenei] called this year, in domestic domain, as the year of “National Unity” but those who...

Iran:FaceBook Banned

Committee to Protect Bloggers informs us that FaceBook is banned in Iran. A Tehran based blogger confirmed this news to Global Voices.

Free Speech Roundup: Tunisia, Egypt, China, Thailand

France-based video sharing site Dailymotion has been blocked, again, in Tunisia. Egyptian blogger Abdel Monem Mahmoud, who has been released in June 2007 is facing detention threats. In China people...

Russia: More on Ethnicity and Religion

Window on Eurasia writes on ethnic relations in Moscow and the Russian media's coverage of ethnicity and religion.

Russia: Ethinic Map of St. Pete

Window on Euarasia writes on the production of a secret “ethnic” map of St. Petersburg.

Russia: Orthodox View on Intermarriages

Window on Eurasia writes that one Russian Orthodox cleric believes that intermarriages are “a form of genocide of the Russian people.”

Russia: Ramzan Kadyrov's Use of Islam

Window on Eurasia writes about Ramzan Kadyrov's “pretensions to serve as a spokesman and defender for Chechens and Muslims throughout the Russian Federation.”

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Sarajevo Photos

Novala, Europa posts photos from Sarajevo – here, here, and here.

Belarus: Public Indifference to EU's Demands

According to TOL's Belarus, most Belarusians don't care whether their country fulfills the 12 demands of the EU or not. Some of these demands include freeing all political prisoners and...

Romania: Rompetrol Takeover

Transatlantic Politics posts an interview on “the recent takeover of the Romanian oil company Rompetrol by the Kazakh state company KazMunayGaz.”

Russia: RBN's Cybercrime

The Economist's Edward Lucas writes about RBN (Russian Business Network), a St. Petersburg-based internet company that “hosts cybercriminals, ranging from spammers to phishers, bot-herders and all manner of other fraudsters...

Czech Rebublic: Multi-Culturalism

“Rare to find voices in the Czech media and blogosphere explicitly defending multi-culturalism and advocating (more) open migration policies, but today I found two in one day,” writes Dr. Sean's...

Egypt: More on Rumours About Mubarak

Abu Aardvark, aka Marc Lynch, discusses how the media dealt with rumours surrounding the death of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in this post.

Iraq: The Heartbreak Continues

Iraqi blogger Sunshine continues to blog about heartbreak, shootings, car bombings, kidnappings and people being killed around her, in an Iraq torn by war.

Lebanon: Army Ends “Fateh el Islam”

The siege of Nahr el Bared refugee camp is finally over. The Lebanese Army ended the warfare with the so called “Fateh el Islam” militants after 105 days by killing...

India: Rape and Consensual Sex

Law and Other Things discusses if consensual sex based on false promise amounts to rape.

Bangladesh: Khaleda Zia

Mash traces political developments in Bangladesh as the former PM is arrested on corruption charges.

India: Meter Down with a cab driver

Meter Down has a fascinating series of podcasts – interviews with cab drivers in Mumbai.

India: Hyderabad and bomb blasts

iFaqeer is deeply moved by one person's reaction to the bomb blasts in Hyderabad.

Maldives: Inhumane Treatment of Migrant Workers

The Maldivian government was able to prevent Bangladeshi migrant workers’ community in the capital Malé from holding a demonstration on Friday, by using the threat of deportation. The Bangladeshi community,...

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