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15 January 2008

Stories from 15 January 2008

Russia: New Year's in Grozny

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...

Ukraine: Akhmetov and Alcoholism

Ukrainiana writes about the connection between alcoholism in Ukraine and the country's richest man.

Slovenia: The EU Presidency

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...

Russia: Dagestan's Party Politics

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...

Russia, UK: British Council

Robert Amsterdam writes on the UK-Russia conflict over the British Council.

Poland: Public Health Underfunded

Our Man in Gdansk writes about the lack of state funding for such crucial areas as health care and education in Poland.

Poland: “Fear” in Polish

A Polish translation of Jan Gross’ Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland is selling well and causing debates in Poland, the beatroot reports.

Azerbaijan: Economic Illumination

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...

Georgia: Election Mess

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...

Armenia: Administrative Resources

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...

India: Violence and Language

Arre Kya Baat Hai! reflects on language and violence after reading an article by Efraim Medina Reyes.

Pakistan: Blocking Blogs

Pak Tea House on why the government shouldn't block blogs.

Pakistan: Praying in America

Degrouchyowl tells it like it is on the complications surrounding the five prayers that she has to offer a day.

Nepal: Rehablitation Red Flag

Nepali Netbook on the rehabilitation of former Maoist fighters.

Singapore: No Fake Accents

Fauzirassul is gonna get cross at any fellow Singaporean faking their accents.

Philippines: Riding The Jeepney

ASEAN – Asia's Perfect 10 has a tutorial on riding the Jeepney, the ubiquitous public transport in Philippines.

Lebanon: Nahr al Bared Revisited

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...

Tunisia: Is the Middle East Indebted to Bush?

Is the Middle East indebted to US President George W Bush? Subzero Blue from Tunisia raises this issue here.

Mozambique: National languages and African identity

João Craveirinha debates national languages and African identity on Moçambique Online Blog [pt]. “The fear of the emergence of a pseudo-tribalism movement was the excuse for not to teach our...

Brazil: Indigenous people dying of white man diseases

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...

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