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19 December 2007

Stories from 19 December 2007

Russia: Putin's Year

Vladimir Putin has been in the news a lot lately. If it's not the overwhelmingly overwhelming majority of Russians voting for his party, then it's Time Magazine naming him as...

Romania: Health Care

Transatlantic Politics writes about the disastrous state of Romanian health care.

Russia: Some More on Medvedev

Streetwise Professor writes about the man some (or many?) believe will succeed Putin as Russia's president in 2008: “I have not commented about Putin’s anointing of Dmitri Medvedev because I...

Russia: Yegor Gaidar's Book

Streetwise Professor reviews Yegor Gaidar's new book: “I believe that Gaidar is right that down this path lies ruin. I fear, however, that Russia will have to find this out...

Lithuania: Coffee and Health Care

Music and Life – Everywhere! writes about Vilnius coffee houses and health care costs.

Russia: Middle Class

Dr. Sean's Diary writes on Russia's middle class, a subject that has inspired “a lot of informed journalistic comment – […] – but seemingly little in the way of academic...

Czech Republic: Jan Švejnar

Czech president is due to be elected Feb. 8 by a joint session of both chambers of the parliament, and Dr Sean's Diary writes about a likely contender for the...

Panama: Holiday Hand-outs

During the holidays, the streets seem to fill with more children begging. Chiriqui Chatter provides thoughts on this practice and deciding to whom to give that coin.

Panama: A Look at How Coffee is Picked and Processed

The Boquete Guide provides a look at how coffee is manually picked and processed in Panama.

Ecuador: Nomination of Jefferson Pérez as Best Athlete of 2007

Nelson Piedra [es] and Cronica Cero [es] both highlight the nomination of Ecuadoran track and field athlete Jefferson Pérez as the best Ibero-American athlete for 2007.

India: Children, violence and guns

karmickids is shocked by a shootout in a school in India – and why she isn't likely to buy her kid any toy guns.

Sri Lanka: Three years after the Tsunami

Chuls Bits & Pics on the tsumani, after three years – remembering those who died, and asking where all the money went.

India: Delhi from the sky

synchroni-cities has a beautiful post on Delhi as seen on wikimapia.

Morocco: Eid al-Adha

In my last post, I shared the thoughts of foreigners on Christmas (or a lack thereof) in Morocco. This week, we'll change focus to the celebration of Eid Al-Adha, the...

Sri Lanka: GK3, Meek and Geek

Moving Images, Moving People with impressions of the Third Global Knowledge Conference or GK3 held in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Bolivia: Two Regions, Two Documents

December 15 marked a pivotal day in Bolivia, when two regions celebrated their newly created documents. In La Paz, members of the ruling party formally presented a controversial Constitution. On...

Trinidad & Tobago: Wet Christmas?

Now is Wow is dreaming of a wet Christmas.

Jamaica: Blogging

Francis Wade thinks that blogging changes everything.

Bahamas, Barbados: Island Time

Both and Barbados Free Press blog about “island time”.

Bahamas: Hail to the Chief?

Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit agrees that The Bahamas 2007 Special Report, a book published with public funds in order to help attract foreign investment, is really a “hail to...

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