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13 November 2007

Stories from 13 November 2007

Brazil: Police, a tough nut to crack

The song theme of the popular Brazilian film Tropa de Elite [Elite Squad], about police corruption in Rio, has become background music for the Pernambuco's Police Forces. They sang the...

Pakistan: Protests and Beyond

Chapati Mystery on how protests will continue beyond the first few days. “These nascent protests will not go away. In fact, they have awakened a new segment of the civil...

Pakistan: Thanking Musharraf

The Pakistani Spectator has a slightly different take on the Emergency, thanking Musharraf for what he's done so far.

Russia: North Caucasus Situation

A Russian general with “a reputation for brutality in Moscow’s Chechen campaigns” warns that “the security situation across the Northern Caucasus is deteriorating rapidly,” Window on Eurasia reports.

Pakistan: Emergency and Fundamentalism

All Things Pakistan on why the emergency is the least of the country's worries, fundamentalism topping the list.

Russia: Moscow Car Crashes

Two-Zero posts a video of car crashes in Moscow.

Bangladesh: On Freedom of Speech

Unheard Voices reflects on comment moderation, freedom of speech in the context of Bangladesh today.

Pakistan: Flash Mobs and Democracy

Andy Carvin on the idea of flash mobs being used in Pakistan to protest against the Emergency.

Russia: Khodorkovsky on the Election

Sean's Russia Blog posts a translation of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's letter to a Russian blogger, in which he explains why it is necessary to vote in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Russia: Politkovskaya Diary

Sean's Russia Blog reviews Anna Politkovskaya posthumous diary: “The misery in the book is so thick that it is difficult to isolate what Anna Politkovskaya stands for.”

Russia, Ukraine: Oil and Oil Spill

Sean's Russia Blog writes about the recent disaster in the Kerch Strait and the “ecological costs” of Russia's “dependency on oil exports.”

Russia: Ulan-Ude

Russian Blog writes about “dostoprimechatelnosti” of Ulan-Ude, one of which is the biggest Lenin head in the world.

Russia: Zenit – Champion!

Megan Case mentions the long-awaited victory of St. Petersburg's football team in the national league championship: “After the game, the city went wild – it felt a bit like New...

Russia: Parachute Inventor

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about Gleb Kotelnikov, the man who patented the first knapsack parachute in 1911.

Bolivia: Celebrating Todos Santos

Todos Santos is an important holiday in Bolivia, and is based largely on the feast of All Saints Day. For many it is a family and community affair, as it...

Acoustic Debit Card for Africa

Olivier Gabirault writes [Fr] about Maâtcard, an acoustic, prepayed debit card for developing countries which will debut in Cameroon next April. The Maâtcard functions like a normal credit card, but...

African Students in Morocco

Not all Africans from south of the Sahara are coming to Morocco with hopes of emigrating to Europe; more and more are coming to study [Fr].

French-Congolese Musician Kamini's New YouTube Video

Tu bloggues ta part introduces a new YouTube video [Fr] from French-Congolese musician/comedian/provocateur, Kamini.

Burkina Faso: No famine, but farmers still in peril

In Burkina, the government's announced there is no danger of famine, but peasants say [Fr] this season's rainfall and agricultural production have been particularly bad, and many have had a...

Afghanistan: Explosions of Violence

More than 40 people, including five Afghan lawmakers and a number of children, were murdered on Tuesday in one of the deadliest suicide attacks since the fall of the Taliban,...

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