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16 January 2008

Stories from 16 January 2008

Russia, Serbia: Gazprom's “Offer”

Streetwise Professor writes about Gazprom's relations with Serbia: “Gazprom/Russia is/are playing smashmouth ball over Serbia’s national oil company. Don Miller and Don Medvedev have presented Serbia with an offer it...

Russia, UK: More on the British Council Row

Robert Amsterdam posts an update on the British Council scandal.

Ukraine: NATO; Economic Freedom

Ukrainiana writes about Ukraine-NATO relations, and about Ukraine's “dismal” ranking in the 2008 Index of Economic Freedom.

Slovenia: Airport Smoking (Or Not)

Piran Cafe writes about Ljubljana airport's ambiguous – or just sloppy – approach to smoking inside the terminal.

Russia, EU: Asylum Seekers

IVAN vs JAAN writes about the EU stance towards Chechen asylum seekers – and about the ongoing row between the U.K. and Russia over the British Council.

A Muslim Britney Spears?

As if the media circus surrounding her wasn't enough, the latest news is that Britney Spears will be considering converting to Islam in order to marry her Pakistan-born paparazzo boyfriend,...

Jordan: The Impact of Bloggers on Politics

Mohammad Azraq turns his attention this week to Jordan's bloggers who are discussing the impact of blogging on politics, a visit to a music conservatory in old Ramullah, Palestine, the...

Afghanistan:The Rambo Syndrom

Abu Muqawama writes about “the Rambo Syndrom”.The blogger says the New York Times has published an article about violent incidents perpetrated by returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iran: A leftist student released,more got arrested

Azady-Brabary blog informs [Fa]that Arash Pakzad, a leftist student,was recently released after being in prison for 45 days.The blog adds that more leftist students were arrested this week.

Brazil: A flagrant video on 12 year old being killed by police

PE Body Count [pt] uploads a video with images captured by a citizen reporter showing the police violence that led to the death of Dênis Francisco Henrique dos Santos, 12...

Iran:Photos of snowy winter and Pomegranates

Mohmmad Darvish, a leading environmentalist, has published several photos of pomegranates in snowy winter in Iran and says[Fa] Iran faces the coldest winter in last 60 years.The blogger adds climate...

Brazil: A free manuals wiki in Portuguese

“Zé and I have started a new wiki, free manuals, which is basically a place for us to translate some cool manuals we know, and also to write our own...

Free Fouad: Arab Bloggers Speak Up!

The dean of Saudi bloggers Fouad Al Farhan (Ar) is still being detained - a month after he was handcuffed from his office in Jeddah and taken to an undisclosed...

Iran:”Anti Iranian Series on Iranian TV!”

EarthSoldier says [Fa] that :”Setareh Soheyl” is “an anti Iranian series on Iranian TV” and it is produced in Iran. The blogger calls it worse than 300 movie.The blogger says...

Mozambique: Sleep Walking Land

Forever Pemba [pt] is glad to find out that the film ‘Sleep Walking Land’, by Mozambican Teresa Prata based on a Mia Couto's book, will be shown at the Pune...

Brazil: The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

The Brazilian movie “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation”, by Cao Hamburger, has made it to the list of nine movies pre-selected for the foreign-language Academy Award. On January...

Pakistan: Blocking Blogs

Voice of South on the block on political blogs in Pakistan, and how people are responding to the ban.

Pakistan: Mush and Britney

Pakistan Paindabad takes a funny look at Pakistan and Britney Spears.

India: Blogging and Media

A popular news channel in India had a discussion-based program on the need to regulate blogs. The charade goes on… has more.

India: Majority and Minorities

Indian Muslims explores the idea of communities within the construct of “majority and minority”.

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