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13 December 2007

Stories from 13 December 2007

Dubai: Newspaper Changes Tone

McMenon, who lives in Dubai, is annoyed at how a newspaper changed its tone in reference to the gang-rape case in which a 15-year-old boy was attacked in Dubai.

Palestine: Will the Real Muslim Americans Please Stand Up

Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah uncovers the story behind a video featuring Christian Americans of Arab origins and portraying them as Muslims.

Russia: Oka, the Car

The Turkish Invasion writes about Oka car: “In Moscow, Oka cars are widely used by pizza delivery (since it is basically warmer than driving a bike in winter) and only...

Russia: Labels and Comparisons

A discussion of labels, comparisons and various development models that could be applied to Russia and its leaders – at Sean's Russia Blog.

Russia: “Lessons From Recent History”

Rumination on Russia writes about Yeltsin, Putin, Medvedev – and the “lessons from recent history.”

China: Bullog's top stories of 2007

Is it top ten year-end list time yet? Bullog International blogger Song Shinan gives us eight choices [zh] in a vote for blog story of the year at Bullog, the...

Russia: Health Care

Grigory Pasko cuts a finger and ends up writing a horror story about health care in Russia – posted at Robert Amsterdam's blog.

Russia: Andrei Nekrasov's Film & Article

At Robert Amsterdam's blog – a 2004 film by Andrei Nekrasov, which “presents a theory of the 1999 apartment bombings,” and Nekrasov's piece on “Vladislav Surkov and the Ideology of...

Ukraine: Parliamentary Immunity/Impunity

Orange Ukraine reposts a newspaper piece on parliamentary immunity – and impunity.

Kenya: The 3 opiums of Kenyan voters

Kumekucha highlights three main problems of Kenyan voters: “Tribalism. Corruption. Short-term memory. These are the three opium’s we must exhale out of our body system before you go vote on...

Malawi: William Kamkwamba in the Wall Street Journal

Erik writes about the Malawian young scientist, William Kamkwamba, on Afrigadget: We’ve written about young Malawian William Kamkwamba a couple of times here on AfriGadget, so it’s great to see...

Ukraine: Yushchenko's “Unfulfilled Election Promise”

Taras Kuzio writes that “Ukraine’s elites continue – as they have since Ukraine became an independent state in 1992 – to regard themselves as above the rule of law.”

Armenia: Banditocracy

Nazarian comments on the bombing of a minor opposition newspaper in Yerevan with the 2008 presidential election just two months away. Although the damage was slight, the blogger says that...

Soviet History: A Syllabus

J. Otto Pohl's Political History of the USSR syllabus is here.

Georgia: Populist Politics

TOL Georgia is less than impressed with the populist politics of opposition politician Shalva Natelashvili. The blog says that promises from the candidate for the January 2008 presidential election usually...

Azerbaijan: Media Freedom

Leigh's new adventures in Azerbaijan says that the authorities in Baku reacted quickly in releasing an imprisoned Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist after comments from the U.S. Ambassador on media...

Slovenia: “When Misinformation Becomes Institutionalised”

Marko Bucik explains at length what kind of damage could be done by an article on Slovenian EU presidency, written by Slovenia's foreign minister for an English-language promo leaflet.

Europe: Anti-EU “Strategies”

Kosmopolit writes about three “different anti-EU strategies of leading politicians”: “the quiet, the loud and the hyperactive.”

Russia: Kasparov Withdraws From Presidential Race

Garry Kasparov has withdrawn from presidency race because of the failure to find a venue for an initiative group meeting. Siberian Light is “a little disappointed that Kasparov used this...

Belarus: Lawsuit Against Newspaper

TOL's Belarus writes about a lawsuit filed against a Minsk newspaper.

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