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17 January 2008

Stories from 17 January 2008

Russia: Flag Unification for Hajj?

Window on Eurasia reports that the Russian Federation's Muslims make hajj “under the flags of their national republics or even nations.” This may change next year, though.

Russia: “Not Free”

Sean's Russia Blog writes about the Freedom House's recent verdict on Russia: “not free.”

Russia: News Update

Mark MacKinnon posts for the first time this year: an update on the news from Russia and elsewhere.

Russia: Ivan the Terrible

Axis of Evel Knievel writes about Ivan the Terrible.

Russia, UK: View From BC's Former Employee

Interesting insight into the British Council scandal from Dmitri Minaev of De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis – in this post's comments section at Siberian Light: “These attacks never really stopped,...

Russia, U.K.: More on the British Council

Ongoing coverage of the British Council row – at A Step At A Time: “An interesting feature of the present crisis, which was obviously prepared in advance by the Russian...

Poland: “Invisible” Government

“‘The government can do nothing’, should be the slogan for this new government,” writes the beatroot.

The Baltics: Missing the Borders

Latvian Abroad notes that the lack of borders in the Schengen Zone can be quite a nuisance: “A woman from rural Lithuania tries to catch a ride to Kaunas, the...

Bahrain: Frustration and Change

Frustration is a good catalyst for change, notes Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif, who takes a closer look at his country's internal politics.

Iran:A student died under torture

Kargareemrouz informs[Fa] that Ibrahim Lotfolahi, a university student,was killed under torture in prison in Kurdistan province,in Iran. He had been arrested about ten days ago.

Iran:Arab leaders follow Saddam Hussein's destiny

Fateh says[Fa] all Arab leaders in Persian Gulf follow Saddam Hussein’s destiny. The blogger says their difference with Saddam is that,thanks to their hypocrisy,they are at the same time a...

Iran:A man who sacrificed his life to protect wild nature

Kosoof, a leading photo blogger, has published several photos of Dr.Hormoz Assadi,a pro environment activist and academic,who died in a car accident recently. The blogger adds that Dr.Assadi was transporting...

Iran:Hijab is not an obstacle for Women

Kourosh Ziabari says that Hijab (veil) is not an obstacle for women to become active in social life or make sport. He has published a few photos to support his...

Angola: A social contrast

Orlando Castro [pt] criticizes the contrast implicit in the construction of a 70 floor tower in Luanda, which will be the largest building in Angola and home of luxury houses,...

Macau: Polution, fog and cold

“If “smog” is portmanteau formed from “smoke” and “fog”, “frog” is the anti-portmanteau I have come up with for “frio” [Portuguese for cold] and “smog”. Leocardo [pt] comments on the...

India: Rewriting History

Synchori-Cities narrates an incident that leads the author to reflect on the re-writing of history.

India: A representative for the NRIs

Law and Other Things suggests that Non-Resident Indians should get their own representative in the Indian parliament.

Pakistan: Blast in Peshawar

Metroblogging Lahore on a suicide bomb blast in Peshawar, creating even more tension in the country.

Nepal: Federalism, Justice, & Law Enforcement

Bahas on the current structure of the legal system in Nepal. “The justice and law enforcement in democracy can hardly be transparent nor can they serve justice to the people...

Bolivia: Blogger Named to National Electoral Court

The Bolivian blog community is generally very supportive of its members. Recently, a well-known blogger was named to a high ranking position within the Bolivian government. Normally, a pat on...

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