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29 December 2007

Stories from 29 December 2007

Russia: Holiday Charity (via Egoism)

Russia is embarking on a 10-day national vacation: from Dec. 30 to Jan. 8, the country will be celebrating the New Year's and Orthodox Christmas - and should also have...

Georgia: Election Polls

Comparing the situation with Armenia and Azerbaijan, Christine Quirk at Asking Tough Questions in Tough Places comments on the value that opinion polls might have during elections in the South...

Egypt: Bidding Farewell to Bhutto

Egyptian bloggers couldn't stop themselves from writing about the assassination of one of the bravest women in the Muslim world, and may be the whole world. Carmen – Diasporic Discontents...

Jordan: Film Festivals, Citizenship Law and More

From a film festival in Dubai, a Jordanian film maker is making his debut at Sundance. Mohammad Al Azraq reports on that as well as the citizenship law in Jordan,...

Mali: Old map of Timbuktu

Sociolingo posts an old map of Timbuktu, Mali: “Here is an old map of the ancient city of Timbuktu from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas.”

Kenya Elections 2007: Should Raila Supporters Celebrate?

Although the official presidential results have not been announced by the Electoral Commission of Kenya, Kenyan blogger, Gerald Baraza, has already declared the winner on his blog, “Kenya has a...

South Africa: What if Jacob Zuma is found guilty?

J.S wonders what will happen if Jacob Zuma is found guilty: “I keep wondering what this is going to mean for us especially in terms of his election victory in...

Georgia: Voter Lists

TOL Georgia says that in just four years the electorate has apparently grown by 2 million people even despite negative population growth. The blog says that in advance of the...

China: Official Olympics channel's unveiling ceremony crashed

How did a couple's marital issues become today's top sports story? She's a prominent Beijing television broadcaster, he's one of Chinese sports news' top official faces for the Olympics; she...

Czech Republic: New Year's in Prague

The Czech Daily Word provides some stats on the upcoming New Year's celebrations in Prague.

Serbia: “Manufactured Guilt”

Gray Falcon writes that “only by rejecting this manufactured guilt and by understanding who made it and with what purpose can the Serbs begin their path to freedom.”

Lithuania: Blogger-Politician

Lituanica links to an English-language blog of “one of the most PR conscious Lithuanian politicians, ex-Vilnius Mayor Artūras Zuokas.”

Poland: Bhutto's Tractor Scam

the beatroot writes about a 1990s Polish-made Ursus tractors scam, in which Benazir Bhutto was allegedly involved: “Benazir had launched the Awami Tractor Scheme for the welfare of poor farmers...

Ukraine: Tymoshenko's Budget

Foreign Notes reports on the article in a Ukrainian daily that accuses Yulia Tymoshenko of going against her election promises and approving the 2008 budget that includes “a multimillion INCREASE...

Russia: Duma Cossacks

Window on Eurasia writes about the Russian Duma's Cossacks.

Russia: Messina Earthquake and Russian Sailors

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about Russian sailors’ participation in the rescue operations following the 1908 earthquake in Messina, Sicily.

Ukraine: Politics Update

LEvko of Foreign Notes thinks that president Yushchenko – like Margaret Thatcher before him – should get himself a “voice coach.”

Madagascar: Zoma market photographs

Harinjaka posts photos from Zoma market in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Morocco recalls ambassador from Senegal

Blog politique au Senegal writes [FR] about the King of Morocco's decision to recall his ambassador from Senegal in a spat over Western Sahara: “It must have been a nasty...

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