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21 November 2007

Stories from 21 November 2007

Jordan: New PM

  21 November 2007

Ammon is reporting that Marouf Bakhit has resigned his office, and that the king is planning on naming the current chief commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone, Nader Dahabi, in his place, reports Jordanian blogger Khalaf.

Palestine: Patient's Plight

  21 November 2007

Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah posts a video highlighting the plight of Palestinian patients, who cannot seek treatment abroad because of the closure of borders. Medicine supplies are also running out.

Serbia: Kosovo Predictions

  21 November 2007

A Fistful of Euros is making predictions: “Kosovo will get some sort of independence, Belgrade and Moscow will cry foul, there will be a certain amount of huffing and puffing… and then, not much. The borders will stay open; the lights will stay on. The medium-term effect will be to...

Ukraine: Orange Coalition Not Likely?

  21 November 2007

Taras Kuzio lists reasons why the Orange coalition is unlikely to take place: “Yuriy Lutsenko is openly attacking Viktor Baloga, Ivan Pliushch is openly saying he will only support a grand coalition and BYuT are demanding that President Viktor Yushchenko finally outline his view on the coalition. Yushchenko meanwhile (just...

Ukraine: Multiple Disasters

  21 November 2007

Orange Ukraine posts a “Multiple Disaster Update” that covers Chernobyl, Kerch oil spill and the coal mine tragedy, and writes separately about the coalition-building and speaker-nominating “mess and disaster.”

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Iran: Arrest and Destruction

  21 November 2007

The Iranian government has continued its policy of repression against women's rights activists and Sufi Muslims in recent weeks. Maryam Hosseinkhah, a women’s rights activist and journalist was arrested a few days ago, and a Sufi Muslims’ Center was destroyed by security forces about one week ago.

Ukraine: Holodomor Opinion Poll

  21 November 2007

Foreign Notes translates a newspaper story on a Holodomor opinion poll results: “The overwhelming majority of Ukrainians in all regions are convinced that the Holodomor [famine] of 1932-1933 was caused by the actions of the authorities.”

Russia: Kadyrov's Politics

  21 November 2007

Window on Eurasia cites an expert's opinion on Ramzan Kadyrov: “‘As a systemic separatist’ – this often-used term refers to those in Russia now who seek de facto independence but claim to be loyal to Moscow – ‘Kadyrov has forced Russia to make remarkable concessions.’ Indeed, Tsyganok argues, the current...

Russia: Muslim Neighborhoods

  21 November 2007

According to Window on Eurasia, some Russian comedians are among those who have reacted to the news of the formation of a Muslim neighborhood in Moscow: “In a bow to the classic British film ‘Passport to Pimlico,’ comedians at a nightclub in Moscow now joke that ‘this morning Southern Butovo...

Russia: Two-Party Duma?

  21 November 2007

According to Siberian Light, it appears as if Russia is on the way to a two-party Duma: “However, depressingly, only two of the ‘major’ parties are likely to scrape together the seven percent of votes needed to gain any seats in the Duma – United Russia, and Communist Party of...

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