15 January 2008

Stories from 15 January 2008

Russia: New Year's in Grozny

  15 January 2008

LJ user timur-aliev has posted three New Year's snapshots taken in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, which the United Nations called "the most destroyed city on earth" in 2003. Below is the Chechen blogger's brief account of the festivities - and a couple of clarifications from the comments section.

Slovenia: The EU Presidency

  15 January 2008

Even though problems seem to loom ahead, “the EU is still there, despite the fact that every multinational entity Slovenia has ever been a part of disintegrated in bloodshed,” Sleeping With Pengovsky reports.

Russia: Dagestan's Party Politics

  15 January 2008

Window on Eurasia reports on a new political trend emerging in one of Russia's North Caucasus republics: “Daghestan, the most multi-national republic in the Russian Federation, no longer has any ethno-parties which express the interests and will of particular ethnic groups. Instead, the major all-Russian parties there increasingly include representatives...

Azerbaijan: Economic Illumination

  15 January 2008

Window on Eurasia ponders whether studying images of former Soviet republics at night can't provide an insight into their economic well-being. If it can, the blog says, economic growth in Azerbaijan far outstrips that in neighboring Armenia and Georgia.

Georgia: Election Mess

  15 January 2008

TOL Georgia examines the circumstances surrounding last November's clashes between opposition supporters and riot police, the declaration of a state of emergency, and the controversy surrounding last week's early presidential election. The blog provides a comprehensive overview of a mess that has yet to be cleared up in the former...

Armenia: Administrative Resources

  15 January 2008

With the presidential election in Armenia a little over a month away, Blogian comments on allegations from a friend in Yerevan that doctors in State-run hospitals are campaigning on behalf of the one of the candidates, Prime Minister Serge Sargsyan.

Lebanon: Nahr al Bared Revisited

  15 January 2008

From Lebanon, Marcy Newman revisits Nahr Al Bared and brings us to the date with the devastation left in the Palestinian refugee camp after last year's battle between Fateh Al Islam and the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.

Brazil: Indigenous people dying of white man diseases

  15 January 2008

Alda Inacio [pt] is revolted by a piece of news that shows how the the many indigenous peoples of Brazil are dying of hepatitis B and other diseases spread by the white man, and by the lack of resources to deal with it. “What happens in Brazil is pure negligence,...

Barbados: Election Predictions

  15 January 2008

“I'm no pollster or election pundit, nor do I owe any allegiance to any political party. I'm just a sucker for punishment with a blog”: Cheese-on-bread! makes her election predictions.

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