Stories from 1 May 2008
A photo report on the May Day Dissenters March in St. Petersburg – by LJ user alexey_ivanov.
May Day in Moscow – photos by LJ user wg-lj.
Window on Eurasia reports that Saudi Arabia has cut Russia’s hajj quota, “creating problems” for Dmitry Medvedev.
With Moscow in mind, The Turkish Invasion explores Kyiv.
Sean's Russia Blog writes about “the Putin-Kabaeva story” and the “Kremlin infighting.”
Eternal Remont discusses a Russian view on the demise of the Soviet Union and independence.
“Moscow conversations” on Putin, women, Poland and Russia – at Polandian.
Hungarian Spectrum writes about “the provincialism of large segments of Hungarian society” and its effect on the economy.
Wu Wei writes that “speculations are rife about what Russia is planning for Abkhazia at the moment.”
Israeli Daniel Lubetzky writes about the cycle of wealth, education and consumption in this post.
From Israel, Stephanie complains about increasing food prices in this post. “We here in the Promised Land are also feeling the pain of soaring grain prices. According to Hebrew press reports, flour & cooking oil prices went up by 25%, pasta increased by 12.5%, chocolate by 10% and rice went...
To mark the beginning of the Africa's month, Eugénio Costa Almeida [pt] publishes a video of 1985's Michael Jackson's song and explains: “This is because once more the world faces food shortage, this time not because of a drought or natural disasters but because Men (should it really be in...
Adil Najam raises concerns in All Things Pakistan Blog that Pakistanis read less. He finds out a cause that there is a shortage of functional libraries in Pakistan: “We have no public libraries, beyond what the British left us”.
Kishore Asokan writes from Male on the upcoming presidential election of Maldives on October 10, 2008, its contestants and the presidential system.
Kashyapji writes in Kuzu-Bhutan weblog about “Miss Bhutan” contest, an upcoming beauty pageant which is expected to set a new trend breaking the ice of the protectionist Bhutanese culture.
Unheard Voices Blog analyzes the recent politics in Bangladesh: “After a lot of fumbling, failures and reform buzzwords, the government has come up with its own exit strategy. No, it has nothing to do with continuing reform or fixing our institutes. Its simply about their collective backside getting protected by...
The City Fix publishes a two part interview (Part 1, Part 2) with Mr. Krishnaraj Rao, who is leading a grassroots campaign on behalf of pedestrian rights in Mumbai. Pedestrians often have the lowest priority on the roads in this mega city.
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, is now a blogger.
Myat Thura tackles ah-lhu. It is a Burmese religious donation ceremony. People usually do ah-lhu when they donate food and offerings to the monk or the monastery.
Singapore Angle answers this question: Just how dangerous is Jemaah Islamiyah leader Mas Selamat and what is the threat posed by his escape on Singapore politics?
Fear from Freedom is happy to observe that internet services are now available in Myanmar. But the blogger is disappointed that online censorship and slow connections also exist.