11 December 2007

Stories from 11 December 2007

Japan: Welcome, we'll collect your fingerprints and mugshot

  11 December 2007

tokyodo-2005[jp] has reposted a cartoon by Hashimoto Masaru. “People are not concerned even when the government violates human rights. This probably means that people who live in Japan in fact are very unhappy. Because they are unhappy, when other people's human rights are violated, they don't consider these to be...

The Balkans: Croatian Serbs

  11 December 2007

Balkan Anarchist writes at length about Croatian Serbs and their war experiences: “If someone were to ask me how I felt about what my Serbs, the Croatian Serbs, went through during the first half of the 1990s, I would answer them by saying, “heartbroken”. Heartbroken that those leaders who led...

Serbia: Dusan Saponja & Dusan Cavic

  11 December 2007

Belgrade 2.0 posts a wonderful selection of the wonderful video stories by Dusan Saponja and Dusan Cavic: “For short episodes such as these you just saw, it’s not really necessary to understand Serbian. However, most of the real masterpieces, award-winning shows, are subtitled. You see, besides humorous short clips, Dushan...

Russia: Nashi's Vova Panties

  11 December 2007

Scraps of Moscow writes about “a Nashi-sponsored fashion-show-cum-rally,” Russian politics and feminism: “The young lady – or at least part of her – is proclaiming, ‘VOVA! I am with you!'”

Ukraine: Yatsenyuk's Promise

  11 December 2007

Yulia Tymoshenko got 225 votes instead of the needed 226 to become Ukraine's PM today, and Ukrainiana wonders if Arseniy Yatsenyuk is ready to deliver on his promise to resign as speaker due to that: “Yatsenyuk got the job only as a condition of the Orange Coalition agreement between BYuT...

Georgia: All Eyes on Kosovo

  11 December 2007

Steady State says that the failure to come to a decision on the status of Kosovo might well send Russia and the West on a collision course. With the need to resolve frozen conflicts in the South Caucasus on the international agenda, what happens with Kosovo has implications in this...

Armenia: Voters Undecided

  11 December 2007

Unzipped republishes the findings of a recent poll which indicates that the 19 February presidential election might well be decided by a large percentage of currently undecided voters. The blog concludes that in order to woo such voters, candidates should now start to appeal to them with manifestos rather than...

Armenia: Domestic Violence

  11 December 2007

Unzipped: Gay Armenia is concerned by the latest figures from UNICEF which indicate that 22 percent of women in Armenia believe a husband has the right to beat his wife. However, the blog says that the figures are better than in Georgia and Uzbekistan where 30 and 70 percent respectively...

Guyana: Living in the Now

  11 December 2007

Guyana-Gyal is happy to be exactly where she is, even as she looks toward the future “with great gusto, gung-ho and big gallops of hope”.

Bahrain: Fikr 6 – Changing the World

  11 December 2007

Last week I was privileged to attend Fikr 6, a conference organised by the Arab Thought Foundation: In keeping with the mission of the Arab Thought Foundation to promote the unique culture and values of the Arab people, Fikr 6: Arab Strategies For the Global Era will assemble the smartest...

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