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24 January 2008

Stories from 24 January 2008

Lithuania: Vytautas Sriubikis; the Hill of Crosses

Viola in Vilnius writes about Lithuanian flautist Vytautas Sriubikis – and briefly mentions the Hill of Crosses, quite an extraordinary place near the town of Siauliai, which “not surprisingly is...

Albania: Eda Zari

Albanian Blogger writes about Eda Zari, an Albanian singer who has recently given up her Albanian citizenship.

Serbia, UK: Fascism and the Left

Greater Surbiton writes on leftist interpretations of fascism – and of Serbian politics.

Serbia: Support for Vladimir Vukčević

Alan Jakšić of Balkan Anarchist declares his support for Serbia's war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukčević, who has recently “received a death threat from fellow Serbs in the diaspora.”

Hungary: “Is Budapest Scarier than LA?” responds to an LA reader who is afraid of going to Budapest.

Poland, Ukraine: The Border

Our Man in Gdansk writes about Poland's eastern border, the non-Schengen, closely guarded one: “A lorry driver died in the 20-mile queue at the Ukrainian-Polish border crossing at Dorohusk. Warsaw...

Russia: Hajj Quotas

Window on Eurasia writes about hajj quotas and how it relates to Russia's Muslims.

Russia: Decossackization

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the history of Decossackization in Russia and recommends a book on the subject, written by Gregory Tschebotarioff, a former Cossack officer, now a...

The Balkans: “Jestdej”

Sleeping with Pengovsky posts a copy of the Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’ – spelled phonetically by Croatian musicians: “… For all of you native speakers out there – if you ever wondered...

Ukraine, Russia: Monopoly

MoldovAnn asks readers to vote “for Kyiv to become one of the 22 cities of the world to be included in the new Monopoly World Edition game board.” Robert Amsterdam...

Peru: Introduction to Bloggers from Iquitos

The Iquitos or Loreto blogsphere is comprised mostly by young people, with some notable exceptions. Some blog about politics in the Amazon town, while many more write about their own...

Brazilian Football Star Remembered on 25th Death Anniversary

It is through video online that many Brazilians and football fans from around the world have found a way to pay homage to one of the best dribblers in football...

Brazil: Brazilian Landless Workers Movement turns 24

The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) celebrates today its 24 years. João Valente Aguiar [pt] publishes a beautiful black and white picture and describes it as a “movement which consists...

Brazil: Update on the censorship in Pernambuco

PE Body Count [pt] has an update on the case of media censorship that has been going on in Recife, Brazil, following an interview on TV in which the authorities...

Portugal: Getting ready for critical mass bike day

This Friday, there will be a Critical Mass bike gathering in many parts of the world, showing how easy and enjoyable traveling in a sustainable way can be. Pimenta Negra...

Brazil: A “drinkshop” for bloggers

Instead of a workshop,  a few Brazilian bloggers met in a more relaxed “drinkshop” to talk about the blogosphere, nonsense and have fun. “All, absolutely all informal meetings with bloggers...

India: Sex and 40

head start reacts to a post that seems to assume that women in India don't have a sex life after the age of 40.

Syria: Palestinian Rights

From Syria, Golaniya argues for the right of Palestinians to exist as a people, with a nation. She further reacts to the developments in Gaza: “So the siege is strictly...

Sri Lanka: Indian Labour reacts to a historian's claim that the Indian labour, shipped to Sri Lanka to work on the estates are now a burden in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: Blogging at the GLF

Ephemeral Ruminations rounds up reactions from the Sri Lankan blogosphere to the Galle Literary Festival – a lot of reactions considering a panel at the festival discussed how seriously bloggers...

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