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7 January 2008

Stories from 7 January 2008

Japan: Changing New Year Celebrations

New Year's Day is the most important holiday for many people in Japan, where anything "first of the year" bears a special value: first day of the year, first sunrise,...

Serbia: Christmas

Belgrade 2.0 writes about Christmas in Serbia.

Ukraine: Christmas

Ukrainiana writes about Christmas in Ukraine and posts a selection of videos.

Russia: Putin's Soul

Sean's Russia Blog writes comprehensively about the endless “search for Putin’s soul.”

Russia: Nikolai Marr

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis shares an extraordinary story of the life and work of Nikolay Yakovlevich Marr: “He became a great polyglot and could have become a great linguist,...

Ukraine: Tourism in the Carpathians

Olechko writes about tourism in the Ukrainian Carpathians.

Russia: January Fun

Russian Blog writes about ice palaces and other favorite January activities.

Czech Republic: TV Hackers Face Trial

The Czech Daily Word reports: “Last winter an art group from Prague hacked the broadcast of the public service television during which people can watch the snow reports from ski...

Iran:Frozen Rasht

Kourosh Ziabari who lives in Rasht,in the northern part of Iran, has published several photos of frozen city and nature.

Iran:Islamic Revolutionay Guards and Hillary Clinton

Haji Washingtonwrites [Fa] if US military's claim that American ships ‘threatened’ by Iranian Revolutionary Guards without any reason,is true,then Revolutionary Guards want Clinton wins against Obama. The blogger says when...

Albania: Superstitions

Living in Shkoder writes about Albanian superstitions.

Albania: A Book Review

Living in Shkoder reviews M. Edith Durham's book, Albania and the Albanians.

Albania: New Year's

Albanian Blogger describes a typical Albanian New Year's celebration; Living in Shkoder illustrates it with Medi Belortaja's cartoon.

Albania, Macedonia: Visa Regime to Tighten

Albanian Blogger reports that Macedonia is tightening visa procedures for non-EU members, including Albanian.

Morocco: The Freedom to Blog

Morocco is often touted as one of the freest of the world's majority-Muslim countries. Women enjoy nearly equal rights to men, the press is comparatively liberal, few websites are banned,...

Iraq: US Major/Blogger Killed in Diyala

Major Andrew Olmsted, who had blogged here since May 2007, was killed in Iraq on Thursday, January 3. No official details have been released on his death, but reports say...

Puerto Rico: Epiphany Day

The celebration of Epiphany Day causes Liza Sabater to have an epiphany of her own: “The blogosphere needs more of the cowbell that is Puerto Rico.”

Georgia: Game Over

Asking Tough Questions in Tough Places analyzes the outcome of Saturday's presidential election in Georgia. Although the former head of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Azerbaijan says it looks...

East Timor: Miserable shelters

Fábrica de Blogs [pt] comments on the havoc caused by the rains and the situation of those who have lost their homes in East Timor. “Is there any plausible explanation...

Brazil: The US politics game

“If you lived in the US, which would be your position on the Iraq war, gay marriage, health care, tax policy? Play this fascinating little game and discover – and...

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