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21 December 2007

Stories from 21 December 2007

Russia: Kozlovsky's Forced Conscription

Robert Amsterdam's blog follows the story of a Russian youth movement leader's forced conscription to army – here, here and here.

Russia: “Espionage Obsessed State”

James of Robert Amsterdam's blog posts a translation of a Russian article on “the social reality of an espionage obsessed state.” The article's last line is: “Having lost vigilance, Russia...

Russia: More on Putin the Person of the Year

Further discussion of Time Magazine's Person of the Year pick – at Sean's Russia Blog (27 comments) and Scraps of Moscow (22 comments).

Russia: Robert Amsterdam's Alternative Person of the Year

Robert Amsterdam insists that “TIME’s choice is a great thing for Russia and her people, as we can all take a much closer look now at what is going on...

Russia: Time Magazine's “Successful Ploy”

Perspectives on the New Russia writes that Time Magazine's decision to name Vladimir Putin its Person of the Year is “a successful ploy serving the interests of both political and...

Ukraine, Russia: On Tymoshenko, Yanukovych and Putin

Foreign Notes writes about Yulia Tymoshenko's TV address and Viktor Yanukovych's “shadow opposition government” – as well as Vladimir Putin's misrepresentation of Ukraine's Russophone population in his Time Magazine interview...

Ukraine: PM Tymoshenko, Pro & Con

Kiev Blogger believes “Tymoshenko as PM is probably the worst thing that could happen to Ukraine at the moment”: “The only positive thing about it (and it's only positive from...

Ukraine, France: Prank Protest at Charles de Gaulle

Orange Ukraine writes about the brief arrest of two Ukrainian journalists at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris – for what seems like an exhausted transit passengers’ prank.

Ukraine: New Government

Orange Ukraine writes about priorities of Yulia Tymoshenko's cabinet and about the transfer of power from the old government to the new.

Colombia: Comparing Rates of Kidnapping

Nicolás París of Machete [es] compares the rates of kidnapping in Colombia and Venezuela.

Russia: “Nashi” and Feminism

Natalia Antonova writes about Nashi pro-Putin youth movement – and about feminism in the former Soviet Union: “So is there feminism in Russia today? Yes. Only in many instances, it...

Chile: Anniversary of Massacre in Santa María of Iquique

Enzo Abbagliati of Cadaunadas [es] commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the massacre of Santa María of Iquique in Chile, where depending on the reports up to 195 striking mineral...

Serbia: Kosovo Roma

TOL's Romantic writes about about Kosovo's Roma and a new blog about this minority group.

Chile: Eliminating Violence in the Stadiums

Chuqui provides a couple of suggestions on how to eliminate violence in the football stadiums in Chile [es].

Environment: Conflict continues in DRC

The Gorilla Protection blog updates that “The armed conflict is still right next to the Gorillas – literally bullets are flying, army and rebel positions are constantly moving, and if...

Environment: How would Green Tax in SA be implemented?

Carl of Greencars asks ‘South Africa’s Green Tax – how’s it going to be implemented?’, saying “Government needs to apply the carrot AND the stick when persuading car buyers to...

Environment: The story of Stuff

Black looks posts a video showing the story of stuff, she notes “90% of the stuff consumed in the US is trashed within six months – now that is truly...

Bahrain: Celebrations, commemorations, and demonstrations

Bahrain is approaching the end of a ten-day holiday to celebrate both its National Day and Eid Al Adha, which has seen tragedy as well as joy. December 16 is...

Armenia: Action Puts Bloggers In Media Spotlight

In countries such as Armenia where the mainstream broadcast media is firmly under the control of government-connected businessmen and/or officials, while the traditional print and online media largely reflects the...

Dominica: Posh Christmas

Living Dominica decks the halls with her “gratitude tree” and gets ready for Christmas.

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