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7 November 2007

Stories from 7 November 2007

Russia: Insulin Shortage

Window on Eurasia writes about shortage of insulin in Russia.

Russia: Putin Jokes Not Allowed, Sort Of

Window on Eurasia writes about the FSB's attempt to ban jokes about Putin in Novosibirsk.

Russia: Stalin and the Kurds

Window on Eurasia writes about “the tangled history of Moscow’s involvement with the Kurds during World War II and in the last years of Stalin’s reign.”

Ukraine: Trouble in Crimea

Window on Eurasia writes about the growing anti-Crimean Tatar sentiment in Crimea: “…the two incidents this last week suggest that tension in the Crimea are almost certainly going to increase....

Russia: Moscow Monorail and Ostankino

The Turkish Invasion takes pictures of the bums sleeping in Moscow subway trains, of the Monorail and the Ostankino TV Tower.

Ukraine, Georgia: Presidents vs the Opposition

Mark MacKinnon compares Mikhail Saakashvili's policies to those of Victor Yushchenko: “The people still own the streets in Ukraine, for better and for worse. That's no longer so in Georgia.”

Russia: Revolution and National Unity

This year, Nov. 7 marks the 90th anniversary of the 1917 revolution in Russia. Sean's Russia Blog writes about the events leading up to the Bolshevik's ascent and suggests that,...

Russia, Japan: Putin's Sexiness Ranking

Siberian Light writes that the Japanese have voted Vladimir Putin the world’s fifth most attractive politician.

Soviet History: Richard Sorge writes about Richard Sorge, a spy whose “signal achievement was establishing, as a foreigner in a highly xenophobic Japan, a spy ring that for years penetrated the highest levels...

Moldova: Prison Conditions

Last year, Father Bill Haymaker of Moldova Prisons documented the heartbreak and humiliation of prisoners’ lives: 20 boys living in a cell designed for 12; 18 girls packed into a...

Georgia: Bad News for Freedom

The Washington Realist draws comparisons between events in Tbilisi with Pakistan and Russia. The blog concludes that it will be interesting to discover U.S. reaction to what is happening in...

Iran:War and Public Opinion

Mohammad Ali Abtahi,former vice president, says that it is months when American officials are trying to convince public opinion of the world to launch a war against Iran.

Saudi Arabia: Kinky Clothing on Sale

Under the heavy veil and behind closely guarded doors, some Saudi women are being a tad bit naughty when it comes to dressing down for the bedroom. Blogger Nzingha reminds...

Iran:”Supporting Mehrnoush Solouki”

FreeSolouki blog[Fr] covers all news about Iranian-French film maker,Mehrnoush Solouki.Solouki is due to go before an Iranian court on November 17. She faces charges of intending to make antiestablishment propaganda.

Iran:No to war

CASMII is an independent campaign organisation with the purpose of opposing sanctions, foreign state interference and military intervention in Iran.

Iran:Venezuela becomes another Iran

Jomhour says [Fa]that there is a growing pressure against media,journalists and civil society in Venezuela.The blogger writes that this country looks like Iran more and more.

Georgia: End of a Fairy Tale?

It couldn't have come at a worse time with all three republics in the South Caucasus gearing up for elections to be held next year. Georgia, considered a beacon of...

India: Poor Boy, Rich Girl

GreatBong comments on the case of Rizwanur Rehman, a young man killed because he married a girl from a family much richer than his. “if the families were woefully maladjusted...

Sri Lanka: Democracy, Institutions and Crisis

Groundviews discusses the intricacies of democracy, given “‘Democracy’ and ‘Crisis’ are words we have come to associate them in the same sentence.”

Sri Lanka: A Child Soldier

Open Maze points to a photograph of Thamilselvan's coffin being carried, featuring a ten year old child soldier.

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