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23 November 2007

Stories from 23 November 2007

Slovenia: Postojna Cave

The Glory of Carniola posts a link to a 1970s “guided recording through Slovenia’s famous Postojna Cave complete with eerie background music and an unintentionally humorous pronunciation of ‘stalagmites’.”

Former Yugoslavia: Vladimir Arsenijevic's Piece

The Glory of Carniola discusses an article by a Serbian writer, which begins this way: “For all ex-Yugoslavs, but particularly for the Serbs, the Kosovo Albanians used to be simply...

Slovenia: Last Combat's Dormant Battles

On Last Combat, Slovenia is, so far, a rather obscure place, writes The Glory of Carniola. Russia is a pretty busy battlefield, though.

Slovenia: “The Lord of Bluff”?

Dr. Filomena writes on how Slovenia's prime minister “stopped the down-with-the-government campaign before it could begin.” Sleeping with Pengovsky has more on the government's maneuvering – here, here and here.

Slovenia: “Elections Explained”

Sleeping with Pengovksy explains “what is it with Slovenes that they seem to run politicians from power for no apparent reason.”

Slovenia: Real Estate

Dr. Filomena offers comprehensive analysis of Slovenia's real estate market – here, here and here.

Palestine: Impact of Fuel and Electricity Cuts on Gaza

The Israeli human rights organization Gisha has just issue a fact sheet on Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinian people in Gaza and the impact of the electricity and fuel...

Jordan: Americans Not Too Rich

Americans are not as ‘rich’ as they seem, argues Jordanian blogger Hareega.

Jordan: No Thanks. I am Muslim.

Jordanian blogger Qwaider argues that observing Muslims should politely refuse offers of alcohol and pork saying that they don't want it instead of apologising for being Muslim.

Lebanon: Unconstitutional State of Emergency

The government is going to announce that the state of emergency is unconstitutional because apparently the constitution says that the government must announce it and it should be signed by...

Qatar: Dubai Closes Pakistani TV Stations

“One of the ugly fallouts of the state of emergency in Pakistan was the media crackdown by Musharraf's regime,” writes Qatar-based blogger Abdurahman Warsame, who adds that the UAE closed...

Lebanon: State of Emergency..Or Not

Lebanon is in a political limbo after parliament failed to elect a successor for President Emile Lahoud today. Hours before the end of his term, Lahoud ordered the army to...

Bahrain: Losing its identity?

This week in Bahrain we have opinions on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit, a blogger's dilemma about whether to have a female friend, another getting stuck between his wife-to-be and her family,...

Brazil: Bogota is the next to host the Campus Party

Guilherme Felitti [pt] reports that after the first international edition of Campus Party in São Paulo- Brazil this February, the event will be hosted in Bogota, Colombia from 16 through...

Brazil: Police demoralization

PE Body Count [pt] reports on a case that reflects the lack of security in Pernambuco-Brazil. The official car of the Secretary of Social Defense, Servilho Paiva, was stolen. The...

India: Guha's India After Gandhi

Law and Other Things on varying reviews of Ramachandra Guha's book – India After Gandhi.

Brazil: Bloggers are debate starters

MLOG [pt] reflects on a piece of news reporting that nearly a third of the debates on the Brazilian internet are started by the blogosphere. “Besides generating arguments, bloggers interfere...

Pakistan: The biggest problem

The Pakistani Spectator on illiteracy in the country and why the government needs to take quick action.

Bangladesh: The cyclone and the government

Addafication clarifies the author's viewpoint on the possible political fall out as one of the consequences of Cyclone Sidr.

Bangladesh: Helping victims of the cyclone

Bangladesh From Our View on how people can help those affected by Cyclone Sidr.

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