4 December 2007

Stories from 4 December 2007

Kazakhstan: OSCE Chairmanship Dubious

  4 December 2007

Steve LeVine opines that the OSCE has jeopardized its reputation as Europe's premier human rights watchdog by naming a country that has never run a free and fair election to chair the organization in 2010. “The organization would have been better advised to name Ukraine or Georgia to that spot”,...

Iran: Blogger jailed over presidential dogs

  4 December 2007

Reza Valizadeh, 32 years old, journalist and blogger was the object of a complaint from the Iranian president's office and was detained on November 26. Several Iranian blogs and websites say the main reason he was arrested is because he revealed that Ahmadinejad's security staff bought four dogs from Germany...

Trinidad & Tobago: Waiting

  4 December 2007

“For the best art has no meaning. All it has is feeling”: Trinidadian Andre Bagoo reviews a dance performance piece at Alice Yard.

Barbados: Human Development

  4 December 2007

“Bajans are cock-a-hoop this week with the news that the Human Development Index puts Barbados in 1st place amongst developing countries,” writes Living in Barbados, who notes that there are still challenges to overcome.

Barbados: New Politics?

  4 December 2007

Barbados Underground questions the island's political maturity and sees the need to “dispense with some of the old politics”.

China: 10 Cases of Injustice

  4 December 2007

Liu Xiaoyuan gives an update in the development of 10 major legal cases of injustice[zh] as a result of wrong judgment in court in the past ten years. First post and second post.

Hong Kong: Democracy Activist?

  4 December 2007

Seven Pillars of Wisdom wonders why CNN titled Anson Chan as Democracy Activist while the more accurate title should be AP's Pro-democracy candidate [zh]. The blogger thinks the difference reflected the media's political stance.

Afghanistan: ABC/BBC/ARD survey reveals problem spots

  4 December 2007

Christine Quirk reviews a nationwide survey conducted in Afghanistan on behalf of ABC news, BBC News and ARD of Germany, whose results are interesting for a number of reasons – particularly the wealth of tracking data from 2006 and 2005. The economy remains a serious trouble spot, as does security.

Afghanistan: Opium Season

  4 December 2007

Ian reviews briefly a new book “Opium Season: A Year on the Afghan Frontier” by Joel Hafvenstein, saying that the author knows how to write, and unlike many writers about Afghanistan, has a sense of measure and humility about his own limitations and failures.

Afghanistan: New “Super-Envoy” to Kabul

  4 December 2007

Carl Robichaud reports that Paddy Ashdown, the former EU-UN High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been offered a newly created position in Kabul as a “super envoy” that would head Afghanistan efforts by NATO, the UN, and perhaps the EU.

Peru: All About Alan García

  4 December 2007

Peruvian president Alan García is a favorite subject for bloggers to write about. The subjects include García's foray into the world of journalism and questions whether he actually writes the opinion pieces. In addition, other bloggers discuss the president's latest approval ratings and his proposal to change the trials law, which would benefit extraditated ex-president Alberto Fujimori.

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