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3 November 2007

Stories from 3 November 2007

Russia: Bloggers’ Perspectives on Xenophobia

Wherever you click in the Russian blogosphere these days, you always seem to end up reading posts on nationalism, ethnicity, xenophobia, ethnic violence and other related subjects. In October, apart...

Armenia: Bonaparte's Return

The Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement discusses the return of the first president of Armenia, Levon Ter Petrosian, and his nomination for next year's presidential election. The self-proclaimed anarchist site questions whether...

Armenia: Traffic Hell

Ex patria says that while there were relatively few cars on the roads of the Armenian capital a year and a half ago, the situation has now dramatically changed. Combined...

State of Emergency in Pakistan

Earlier today President Musharaff of Pakistan declared a state of emergency and bloggers have been busy trying to get a handle of the latest political developments in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto,...

Pakistan: Emergency Declared – No News, No Internet.

President Musharraf has declared a state of emergency in Pakistan. According to news sources, among other things this means “The Fundamental Rights of the citizens are now suspended. All the...

Korea: Punishments at school

What is the best education? A series of recent incidents in Korean schools reflects the difficulty of striking a balance between the demands of teachers, students and parents. Teachers’ qualifications...

Armenia: Open Letter

Following on from an Open Letter to the Armenian Diaspora by Turkish writer and blogger Mustafa Akyol on the subject of the Armenian Genocide, Raffi K at Life in Armenia...

Caucasus: Coming Out

Unzipped: Gay Armenia details and analyzes recent examples from Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia of gay men “coming out” about their sexual orientation, as well as cases of others “outing” rivals...

Singapore: Developing Venture Capital in Singapore

Bernard Leong proposes a model to develop Venture capital in Singapore that takes some inputs from the Israeli model.

Myanmar: Internet Down Again

The Internet link to outside of Myanmar is down again.

Indonesia: Why is Indonesia Better

Parvita, from a point of view of a young Indonesian professional, talks about why she doesn't want to leave Indonesia to work in a foreign country.

Philippines: Artists Cry Censorship Over Altered Mural

The National Press Club commissioned an artist's collective to paint a mural for the club. The Press Club later altered the contents of the mural without consulting the artists. The...

Tajikistan: Travelogue Impressions

There is interesting story of an American woman who travels around Tajikistan and writes a travelogue. It seems like she is not really happy with the service in this country...

Tajikistan: Arts and Culture

This week Firuz at Tajik-Tajik blog neweurasia shared the story of a handicraftsman from Istravshan (northern Tajikistan) who was involved in leather working since childhood and for almost 60 years....

Tajikistan: Corruption and Energy

Perhaps the main discussion on the Tajik blogosphere this week was caused by the reports that the head of the new State Financial and Corruption Control Agency, Sherhon Salimov, only...

Uzbekistan: Outdated Agriculture

Joshua Foust reports that Uzbekistan’s embassy in London has angrily denounced the stories that children are being used (or forced) to pick cotton, and says that the legacy of authoritarianism...

Afghanistan: Updates on Fightings

Afghanistan Watch informs that coalition forces continue to fight on two fronts this week against Taliban offensives in both Kandahar and Farah provinces of Afghanistan.

Syria: End Repression Call

“End Repression of human rights activists!” cries out Golaniya, a blogger from Syria.

Philippines: Pardoning Estrada

Allecoallende says pardoning former president Estrada “does not win for Macapagal-Arroyo more supporters, but it does ensure that more Filipinos will be fed up and disgusted with her government’s hypocrisy”

Turkey: No Electrcity and Water

Idil Jans, from Turkey, writes about electricity cuts and water shortages in this post.

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