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27 November 2007

Stories from 27 November 2007

Russia: Saami Parliament

Russia's Saami “want to set up their own parliament to control the dispersal of government funds allocated to their numerically small nationality,” Window on Eurasia reports.

Russia: Muslims on the Web

Window on Eurasia writes about Russia's Muslims’ internet presence.

Russia: Kasparov's Hunger Strike

Garry Kasparov is in jail and on “forced hunger strike” – and Robert Amsterdam believes that the ongoing crackdown on the opposition “reveals tremendous insecurities related to an unsustainable state...

Russia: The Marines

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the history of the marines in Russia.

Poland: Kapuściński's Translators

Our Man in Gdansk writes about a collection of stories by translators of Ryszard Kapuściński: “It was to have been birthday present, but Kapuściński died before it appeared. The contributions...

Poland: Police Jokes

The beatroot and his readers share favorite jokes about Polish cops.

Poland: Satire and Chastity

The beatroot writes about the recent Spanish royalty cartoon scandal and the Polish google bomber's case – as well as the church's initiative to make “chastity trendy” in Poland.

Poland: Public Media Funding

The beatroot writes about sources of funding for Poland's public media.

Poland: Tusk's Long Speech

The beatroot reports on the recent “policy statement” speech by Poland's new prime minister: “Tusk drones on for three hours […] Meanwhile Kaczynski, Gosiewski and Dorn lose consciousness, as did...

Croatia: Some More on Election Results

Bosnia Vault reviews the results of the election in Croatia.

The Balkans: A Dialect of Serbo-Croatian

Balkan Anarchist writes at length about an East Herzegovinian dialect of the Serbo-Croat language: “Although the Serbo-Croatian language is not particularly under threat – well, the language isn't, but the...

India: Protests in Malaysia

Blowin’ In The Wind on protests by people of Indian origin in Malaysia.

India: Islamic Volleyball, anyone?

Wonderful post and pictures on “Islamic Volleyball” in the vicinity of Hazrat Nizamuddin's Dargah in Delhi at Indian Muslims.

India: On Mommy Blogs and Privacy

Shallow Thoughts To Profound Insights writes about mommy blogs that probably invade the privacy of children, despite best intentions.

Nepal: Political Posturing and Peace

Nepal Monitor on the political situation in the country one year after the peace accord.

Bangladesh: Assessing relief efforts

an ordinary citizen assesses the relief and rescue situation after the cyclone.

Kuwait: Trips, Travel and More

Kuwaiti blogger continue to blog about their activities, within and outside their country. Abdullatif AlOmar keeps us up-to-date with their adventures.

Georgia: Campaign Begins

Following on from a state of emergency declared earlier in the month, Resistance Georgia reports that the campaign for a snap presidential election in earlier January has already started. However,...

Armenia: Labor Dynamics

Social Science in the Caucasus comments on a World Bank report on labor dynamics in Armenia. The blog of the Caucasus Resource Research Center says that its findings revealing that...

Syria: A Protest Against Censorship

To crown the two months of rapid internet censorship, last week the Syrian government decided to block Facebook (The popular social network site) and Shabablek, a very popular local forum...

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