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9 October 2007

Stories from 9 October 2007

Russia: More on Putin's Birthday

Sean Guillory and Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow write about the celebration of Vladimir Putin's birthday by the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi.

Russia, U.S.: Satender Singh's Murder

Moscow Through Brown Eyes writes about the murder of Satender Singh in Lake Natoma, California, allegedly by two Russian-speaking men, one of whom, Andrei Vusik, is still at large –...

Russia: Interview With Victor Shenderovich

Robert Amsterdam posts the translation of an interview with Victor Shenderovich, a Russian political satirist.

Russia: Politkovskaya's Death and Putin's Birth

La Russophobe offers two translations from the Russian Yezhednevnyi Zhurnal on Anna Politkovskaya's death anniversary and Vladimir Putin's birthday – here and here.

Russia: St. Pete Miscellanea

“A week’s worth of blog posts” – and of St. Petersburg photos – from Megan Case 2.0.

Russia: “A Soviet Poster A Day”

In the latest entry, Alexander Zakharov of A Soviet Poster A Day writes about galoshes and the general situation with footwear in Russia after the 1917 revolution.

India: Rediscovering Che

a reader's words on rediscovering Che Guevara. “I finally found Che in The Motorcycle Diaries, in the deep humanism of a 23 year old student, as frightened by a pair...

Bangladesh: Bloggers protest internet user profiling

It all started when an exclusive report from E-Bangladesh exposed a memo of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) which instructed 72 Internet Service Providers (ISP) of Bangladesh to submit their...

India: Marriage and Battles

Heartcrossings on picking one's battles when it comes to relationships. “To her, intelligent women like Mrs. Sharma know to pick their battles and that’s the reason they survive in their...

Pakistan: Faith and Fasting

DeOwl has an interesting post exploring the link between faith and fasting during Ramzan as she finds herself in the US, alone.

Nepal: Referendum Politics

United We Blog! on the consequences of a referendum in Nepal. “Referendum would be a step backward from where we are now and many steps backward from results of the...

India: Men and Homosexuality

Death Ends Fun on men having to hide their homosexuality.

Zimbabwe: What is 200,000 Zimbabwean dollars?

Edward Popoola asks, “how much is $200,000 worth?”: The same amount in Zimbabwe (the Zimbabwean dollars) is nothing but a worthless, piece of paper that amounts to like a 100...

Swaziland: Swazi culture 101

A short post on Back to Swaziland blog about Swazi culture: “While we were waiting for lunch to be ready, because you can only take uncooked food for the chief...

Sao Tome and Principe: Hand-Crafted USB Drives

Aluma blogs about an interesting project in Sao Tome and Principe:”…Pedro Alegria introduced USB flash card design to local craftsmen, all of whom had never seen or heard of such...

Africa: A tale of two Internet blockers

“A tale of two internet blockers: You block Blogspot, I block Boing Boing,” writes Andrew Heavens.

Blogger Flees Uganda After Threats

Controversial Uganda blogger, Dennis Matanda caused a stir last month with a post on his blog under the title “How to Be Dead.” The post chronicled the radio show, ensuing...

Japan: Sumo Wrestler Bullied To Death

Recently a Sumo wrestler was beaten seriously by his colleague and the wrestler eventually died. W. Anthony Malcolm from Japan Probe tried to give more background on Sumo training in...

Japan: Schoolgirl Sailor Uniform

Nick Kapur from Japan History group blog reports on the recent controversy over the origins of the Japanese schoolgirl sailor uniform.

Taiwan: Inflation

Michael blogs about the inflation problem in Taiwan.

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