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17 April 2008

Stories from 17 April 2008

Estonia: Finnish Muslims; Childhood Memories

AnTyx writes about the Finnish Muslim Party's protest against Estonia's presence in Iraq – and shares a few Soviet/post-Soviet childhood memories.

Estonia: Interview With Blogger Flasher T

Itching for Eestimaa interviews “Estonian blogger Flasher T, author of the lively Antyx.”

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Tuzla

Pure Intent writes about Tuzla: “Minus the coal plants and DITA factory, Tuzla would be a pretty groovy place to be.”

Belgium: The Balkan Presence

Tanchi is guest-blogging at Kosmopolit about the Balkan presence in Brussels.

Serbia, Kosovo: Election

Krenar Gashi of Balkan Insight offers a Kosovar's perspective on the upcoming election in Serbia – and the campaigning in Kosovo.

Russia: Putin and Kabaeva?

Lex Libertas wonders whether Vladimir Putin is really marrying gymnast and Duma deputy Alina Kabaeva – or it is all “a long-running April Fool’s joke by Dmitry Medvedev’s wife, Svetlana.”

Hungary: “Economic Ignorance”?

Hungarian Spectrum writes about “economic and financial ignorance in Hungary”: “Another thing that people don't seem to understand is that it is indeed proper and perhaps even more just to...

Hungary: Coalition Not Dead?

Hungarian Spectrum reports that “we still can't be sure whether or not the coalition is dead.”

Egypt: Boycott the World

People around the world are using economic pressure in protest against political decisions by calling for boycotting products from certain countries. With more countries being constantly added to the boycott...

Jordan: Climate Change and the Arab World

Batir Wardam, from Jordan, says the Arab world is starting to get serious about climate change.

Palestine: International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners

Body on the Line marks the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Political Prisoners with this post.

Syria: 12 Years for Kamal Labwani

Syrian opposition activist Kamal Labwani has been handed a 12-year jail sentence for “contacts with Washington,” reports …Or Does it Explode?

Saudi Arabia: Women Basketball Team

…Or Does it Explode? posts a video and an article about a Saudi basketball team for women called Jeddah United.

Kuwait: Deportation for Traffic Offenders

…Or Does it Explode writes about a new Kuwaiti law – which calls for deporting expatriate drivers who jump red lights at traffic junctions.

Bolivia: Public Transport in Santa Cruz

Public transport in Santa Cruz is a big problem, as noted by Professor Miriam Vidal. Bus fare has risen to 33% recently, and many schoolchildren are bypassed by drivers because...

Armenia: Independent TV Station Faces Closure

Blogian comments on what many consider to be the imminent and effective closure of a regional TV station broadcasting in Armenia's second largest city of Gyumri. The station has been...

Azerbaijan: Peace Corps FAQ

Carolyn & Jesse's Azerbaijan Peace Corps Blog posts an entry answering the most common questions received from readers ranging from inquiries about computer access to attitudes towards single and married...

Angola: On freedom of expression and globalisation

Kianda [pt] thinks that “the fact that someone was born in one country should not revoke their right to think, criticize, vote or even run for elections [in another country]…...

Egypt: Anti-Strike Facebook Group Formed

To circumnavigate censorship, activists in the Arab world are strongly leaning on online tools to get their messages across and expose what they describe as state brutality against civilians. Word...

Jordan: The Camera which Sees Through Clothes

A camera which can see through clothes and is being used to counter terrorism? Zeid Nasser from Jordan has more in this post.

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