Stories from 23 October 2007
Sleeping With Pengovsky writes about recent developments in Slovenian media business.
The Glory of Carniola writes about Slovenian horses in American movies – and about a Slovenian video-sharing website, MojVideo.
Lots of new content on TOL's Romantic, including a post on the official patron saint of Catholic Gypsies.
A few more links on the Polish election: the beatroot explains Kaczynski's defeat; Dr. Sean's Diary sums up the results and notes a “a complete slaughter of minor parties“; Edward Lucas declares that the “era of the ‘terrible twins’ is over”; Yascha Mounk‘s general summary at Harvard International Review; Europhobia...
James Watson, an American Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, provoked international outrage when The Sunday Times quoted him on race issues on Oct. 14. The news of the controversy produced a certain stir in the Russian-language blogosphere, too.
Kaukasus posts photographs of an annual cattle drive held in Tusheti.
Faced with the prospect of an opposition rally on 2 November in Tbilisi, Transitions Online's Steady State reports that the Russian media is speculating that Georgia will seek to “provoke an armed conflict with South Ossetia in order to undermine the mass demonstration.” Meanwhile, the same site asks whether Georgia...
The Armenia 2008 Election Monitor comments on media reports that opposition activists are being detained just days before Friday's rally during which the first president of Armenia, Levon Ter Petrosian, is expected to appear prior to his likely nomination for the presidential election to be held early next year.
Jabberwock on David Leavitt's The Indian Clerk – “In essence this is a fictionalised account of the real-life collaboration between G H Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan in the years 1913-1919, a collaboration that led to some of the most important mathematical advances of the century.”
Sampath's Mindspace on the exploitation of outsourcing partners in countries like India and Sri Lanka.
All Things Pakistan on the harassment and bullying women face at the workplace or in school.
Doing Jalsa and Showing Jilpa has a hilarious but telling post on the various stereotypes that heroines in films are slotted into.
If you think there is too much traffic in Accra, Emannuel Bensah has an idea: “Let's use the bicycle!”
"Do you ever worry about your house being broken into / Do you ever worry about your car being taken away from you in broad daylight down Highway 54 / Do you ever worry about your wife becoming the woman in black / Do you ever worry about leaving home and coming back in a coffin, with a bullet through your head / So join us and fight this crime and corruption…."
Oneworld Multimedia reports that the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has cut short an official two-day visit to Armenia for “unspecified reasons.” However, his unexpected return to Tehran comes as the BBC reports that over 180 Iranian MPs have signed a letter “praising” Ali Larijani, Iran's Chief Nuclear Negotiator, whose resignation...
“If religion is the opiate of the masses then music must be the amphetamine”: Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Shivonne Du Barry examines the phenomenon of political parties using local music to appeal to voters.
KnowProSE.com shares his thoughts on traffic in Trinidad and Tobago.
“Methinks I shall read 100 books,” declares Jamaican author Marlon James. Find out why.
“Why is Guyana’s food so damn expensive for Guyanese?” asks The Guyana Groove.
“During this season, every village…strives to show its neighbors how well it is preserving heritage and traditions”: Living Dominica celebrates “Creole time”!