Stories from 10 January 2008
Photos of Donetsk, by LJ user k_s_u_s_h_a (RUS).
Damian Kolodiy's short documentary on Ukrainians disillusioned with politics – at Current (via Orange Ukraine).
Iran is facing an exceptionally cold winter. Snow has trapped many cities and at least eight people have lost their lives. Even gas supplies have been disrupted although Iran is the second richest gas country in the world. Millions of people are deprived of heating. Several bloggers have provided photos...
Orange Ukraine writes on the prospects of Ukraine's European integration.
Lituanica reports: “a Lithuanian man has started a procedure to contest the authorship of a physics law, which has been awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize and is ascribed to American scientists.”
Marginalia reports: “Latvia is embroiled in a stunning scandal once again – the sale of perhaps a hundred passports to wealthy individuals, mostly Russian citizens seeking to take advantage of Latvia's EU and Schengen membership.”
Another suicide bomb attack in Pakistan, killing 26 people in Lahore. More at All Things Pakistan.
Greater Surbiton reviews ‘Peace and Punishment’ by Florence Hartmann, “former spokeswoman for Chief Prosecutor Carla del Ponte of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), […] the first senior official of the ICTY to have written a book discussing its inner workings.”
Bahas on the prospects of Nepal becoming a federal democratic republic.
Minivan News on a 15-year-old Boy Scout who foiled an attempt to assassinate President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
The unveiling of Tata Nano, a new supermini car at the New Delhi Auto Expo today has created quite a commotion on the blogosphere. The standard version of the car is 100,000 Rs (approximately 2500 USD) making it the cheapest car to hit the Indian market. The reception to the...
A Bahraini anti-sectarian campaign – Just Bahraini – has raised its target funds, thanks to a generous donation from a donor who preferred to remain anonymous, announced blogger Mahmood Al Yousif, who is the mastermind behind the initiative.
Unzipped: Gay Armenia reports that a local LGBT magazine, previously available only in Georgian, will now be translated into English and made available abroad.
TOL Georgia comments on the appearance of newly re-elected Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili on a popular TV political talk show. The blog says that the opportunity to ask the most obvious question about the conduct of Saturday's presidential election was missed.
Lara at Life in Armenia paints a depressing picture of what it's like to be director of a Woman's Center in Yerevan, the Armenian capital. Women who decide to leave their husbands or are victims of domestic violence, she says, are often ridiculed or ostracized by what is still very...
Several bloggers and journalists including Booyekhak talk[Fa] about Mehran Ghasemi,a 30 years old journalist,editor and blogger, whose death,because a heart attack, surprised a lot of people.
The Armenian Observer ponders comments made by presidential candidate Vazgen Manukian that politics ahead of next month's vote is polarized. However, according to Observer, Manukian suggests that this is deceiving as there is a huge gap between the two poles.
Leocardo [pt] comments on gambling habit in Macau, where “the majority of the population have played in some way during the year 2007, either in casinos or lotteries, and are the less literate citizens who gamble more”
“The Brazilian authorities have re-issued a health alert for visitors coming to Brazil and intending to visit certain regions of the country where yellow fever is endemic”. See a list of places where vaccination prior to travel is needed, plus basic facts about yellow fever in Brazil and general recommendations...
Adilski, from Morocco, rants about security delays, long lines, incompetent staff and delayed flights in this post.
Evelyn in Morocco writes about the overabundance of cats in Fez.