15 November 2007

Stories from 15 November 2007

Ukraine: Yushchenko Begins Early Campaign?

  15 November 2007

Ukrainiana writes that president Victor Yushchenko seems to be preparing for the 2009 presidential election by promising, among other things, to pay Ukrainian mothers $3,000 for the birth of a second child – the money that “can buy 1 square meter of middle-class housing in Kyiv.”

Hungary: Open Letter to Slovakia

  15 November 2007

Pestcentric writes an open letter to Slovakia: “Last year you even had garage bands calling for the destruction of Hungary. This is just not good. It seems that being in the European Union has led you astray. Now, I know you’ve yet to fence off the Gypsies like the Czechs...

Hungary: On Art and Entrance Fees

  15 November 2007

Pestcentric writes about the Hundertwasser exhibit at Budapest's Museum of Fine Arts – the works and the entrance fees: “…the only Hungarian I heard came from the attendants, not the people paying to be there.”

Europe: Gastarbeiter

  15 November 2007

Romanians aren't too welcome in Italy, Poles aren't too welcome in Britain. Pestcentric reviews the situation with migrant laborers from the EU's new member states.

Russia: Tatarstan Warns Against Karabakh Independence

  15 November 2007

Window on Eurasia writes: “By recognizing Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Osetia or Transdniestria as independent, as many in Moscow are now urging, the Russian government would undermine the territorial integrity of its own country, a senior member of Tatarstan’s parliament told a Baku newspaper.”

Armenia: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

  15 November 2007

With the presidential election only three months away, the Armenia Election Monitor 2008 says that attempts to disrupt opposition meetings might backfire. On the eve of one such rally to be held in Yerevan tomorrow, the blog reports that the authorities have erected a huge stage in the same location...

Pakistan: Anti Jamait Protest

  15 November 2007

At the University of Punjab, events take a turn as students protest against IJT – who played an important role in getting Imran Khan arrested.

Nepal: Stupid Political Quote of the Day

  15 November 2007

Blogdai, as sarcastic as ever, takes a closer look at what the Maoists have to say. “So, if we follow all definitions of “Republic,” Prachanda is saying that we cannot establish an elected representative government until we agree to call ourselves an elected representative government.”

Guatemala: Local Self-Determination on Mining Lands

  15 November 2007

The mining industry has increased in importance in Guatemala, where given the market prices of some metals and minerals, the lands that many communities are situated are in high demand. Often these communities, especially indigenous peoples, demand a say in how their lands are used. The questions that bloggers have been asking are where is the development and what will happen when these companies leave

Armenia: Freedom of Assembly

  15 November 2007

The Armenian Observer posts one of two public service announcements aimed at informing citizens in Armenia about their rights when attending political rallies. The PSAs come three months before Armenians go to the polls to elect a new president.

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