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18 September 2007

Stories from 18 September 2007

Egyptian blogger arrested and prevented from covering a taxi drivers strike

Mahmoud Chachtawi, Egyptian blogger and reporter of abna2masr.com website, has been arrested during a taxi drivers strike he was covering. After detaining him for four hours, the police released him...

Tunisia: Fifth Wedding Anniversary

‘To my sweet and lovely wife: “Love” is but a fraction of the feelings I have for you. Thank you for making my life as beautiful and complete as it...

Syria: Corporate BS

“Nothing pisses me off more than Corporate Bullshit. I’m not sure why Corporate Bullshit (CBS from here on in) works me up, but then again, people have the weirdest pet...

Syria: Fish Recipe

Abu Fares, from Syria, shares Ramadan's spirit with his readers and dedicates to them a famous fish recipe.

Syria: The Destruction of Old Damascus

Rime Allaf, from Syria, links to an article on the destruction of old Damascus.

Russia: Ingushetia Not Chechnya-II

Window on Eurasia explains why the situation in Ingushetia “is not Chechnya-II but possibly something worse.”

Russia: Demography

Window on Eurasia writes about the lack of improvement in Russia's demographic situation: “…the small rise in the number of births reflects instead a temporary increase in the number of...

Europe: Romani Culture

TOL's Romantic writes about Lojze Podobnik, a Slovenian author whose works focus on Romani culture. Pesha's Blog links to Professor Steve Balkin's compilation of online resources on Romani culture.

Moldova: Transnistria

Douglas Muir of A Fistful of Euros writes about Transnistria, “a sort of post-Communist gangster state”: “Travellers unanimously agree that Transnistria is weirdly fascinating for the first hour or two,...

Czech Rebublic: Reinventing Masaryk

Dr. Sean's Diary writes about Václav Klaus’ multiple views of Czechoslovakia’s first president T.G. Masaryk.

Ukraine: Prostitution and Feminism

Natalia Antonova writes about Ukrainian prostitutes and Ukrainian feminism.

Ukraine: Car Accidents

Petro of Petro's Jotter writes about car crashes that he sees regularly during his morning commutes in Kyiv.

Russia, Ukraine: “Fiddling” With Voters’ Lists

Elections approach both in Russia and Ukraine, and politicians start “fiddling” with the numbers of registered voters’ – or accusing their opponents of doing so. Window on Eurasia reports that...

India: Faith and Science

nanopolitan on the faith-based attacks on science and the reluctance of the Indian scientific to comment.

Nepal: Regional Politics

Nepali Netbook on regional politics, and how India's aspiring relationship with China affects the one with Nepal.

Bangladesh: Accessing Google

E-Bangladesh on whether Bangladesh's government is blocking access to Google.

Iranian bloggers stirred over cockroach cartoon

About a week ago, a Chicago newspaper, The Colombus Dispatch, published a cartoon that depicts Iran as a sewer with cockroaches crawling out of it. The cartoon has created intense...

India: On “Movements”

Siddhartha Shome on new social movements that “claim to represent the “people” – the downtrodden Indian masses, without, however, subjecting this claim to the test of democratic elections”

Internet Governance, Global Privacy and IGF-Rio

The global debate on Internet governance will once again gather people from all over the world at UN's IGF, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The process was started...

Russian LiveJournal blogger could face three-year sentence

The 23-year old Russian blogger, Dmitry Shirinkin, who wrote a fiction story on his blog inspired by the Virginia Tech shooting, could face up to three years in prison. In...

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