Stories from 5 November 2007
China: Different views on the Dalai's medal
Despite the current Dalai Lama‘s officially illegitimate status within China, bloggers nonetheless took notice when American president George Bush awarded him with a Congressional Gold Medal last month. Blogspot user Master Zhong has written a fairly typical criticism post—as typical as all the other posts which discuss the futility of...
Global Voices Special Coverage on Pakistan Emergency
In light of the state of emergency declared in Pakistan on November 3, 2007, we've set up a Special Coverage Page where we shall be aggregating our own coverage of the events plus regular updates from selected English-language blogs and other relevant information. Please view our Pakistan Emergency 2007 Special Coverage Page here.
KGrady of What's Going Down? regrets they don't celebrate Halloween in Bulgaria – but dresses up anyway, as a 10-Leva bill. His wife, Petya of BigHead, dresses up as a “Bulgarian school-teacher on strike” – and posts some pictures.
Russia, UK: Sidney Reilly – “Executed Today” – in 1925
ExecutedToday.com – “a blog of history, sociology, biography, criminology, law, and kismet — an unrepresentative but arresting view of the human condition across time and circumstance from the parlous vantage of the scaffold” – writes: “On this date in 1925, legendary British spy — and subsequent James Bond inspiration —...
Pakistan: Media, Reactions and the Emergency
A guide to understanding the state of emergency in Pakistan, has now been posted courtesy of The Emergency Times, which gives us another interesting perspective: Well, for starters, the entire constitution has been put in abeyance (read suspended). This is more synonymous to a martial law, which is not provided...
Czech Republic: “Foreigners Smell”
“Foreigners smell” – or so it seems to the Czech employees of Foxconn IT company in Pardubice, The Czech Daily Word reports.
Georgia: Opposition Politics
TOL Georgia reports on the plans of the opposition following this weekend's protests in Tbilisi. With attendances at the rallies quickly tapering off, the site says that it looks as though the opposition has failed in its attempt to force a parliamentary election in the spring.
Croatia: Election Singing
A month or so remains until the election in Croatia, and, according to Illyrian Gazette, “no sign, as yet, of the media's usual pre-election obsession: which singers will be performing at whose election meetings.”
Serbia: A Trip to Kosovo
Novala, Europa writes about his trip to Kosovo: speaking “the language of the opponent” – Serbian – with an Albanian family; a drawn-up map of Pristina; photos from a farmers market; school uniform street fashion.
Azerbaijan: Environmental Damage
Registan looks at the environmental damage industrialization from the Soviet era, as well as that accompanying Azerbaijan's current oil boom, has caused in the city of Sumgait.
Blog Carnival Against Gender Violence
Black Looks announces a 16-day blog carnival against gender violence.
Bulgaria: Forgotten Wooden Mosques
Stephen Lewis of Bubkes writes about the “forgotten wooden mosques” of eastern Bulgaria.
Albania: “Washing” in Tirana
Some think it's hilarious, others hate it: a creative way to decorate an apartment building – whose tenants have no choice but to continue living there, even if they don't like it. Belatedly – photos by Our Man in Tirana, posted back in August (link via Albanian Blogger).
Albania: Online Bookstore Update
Things are going pretty well for Albanian Blogger‘s online bookstore that sells Albanian-language books – so well that it has inspired him to read a couple titles, too.
Albania: Cell Phone Recklessness
Albanian Blogger writes about reckless Albanians who manage to talk on their cell phones even when riding their bikes.
Albania: Hopeless Youth?
Albanian Blogger thinks that Albanian “young people do not see a clear future for themselves and that somehow the struggles of life seem to burden them.”
Former Soviet Union: Migration Syllabus
J. Otto Pohl shares a syllabus for a Migration and Borders class that he will be teaching at American University of Central Asia in Spring 2008. Topics covered include the 1943 deportation of the Kalmyks, the expulsion of the Germans from Czechoslovakia at the end of WWII, and the 1944...
India: On being Sexual
Confessions from the Closet on the labels on sexuality – bisexual, lesbian etc, and on admitting to be a “sexual being”.
India: Heritage and Religion
Indian Muslims on a World Heritage Site – under the threat of de-recognition thanks to religion induced bickering.
Nepal: Emergency in Pakistan
Kathmandu Speaks comments on the situation of Emergency imposed in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka: War against LTTE Terrorists
Lanka Rising on winning the war against the LTTE terrorists.