Stories from 13 May 2008
Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow posts two informative and insightful entries on the complex politics and other dimensions of May 9 in Russia – here and here.
Lebanon is now kosher for an Israeli attack, warns Lebanese blogger Antoun.
Breaking the silence, Moussa Bashir, from Lebanon, shares some jokes he has translated from Arabic on the current explosive political situation on the ground.
Purgatory, from Kuwait, notes that many of those running for seats in the May 17 parliamentary elections hold Phds and high degrees.
May 9 photos from St. Petersburg – at Russian Kafe; from Kyiv – at Moscow Through Brown Eyes and Greetings from Kyiv.
The beatroot writes about the Polish dimension of London mayoral election.
Polandian visits the Liban Quarry and posts pictures: “In 1992 Steven Spielberg built a replica of the Nazi’s Płaszów Labor Camp for his movie Schindler’s List. The remains of this highly realistic set can still be seen today a short distance from the center of Krakow.” In the comments section,...
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia reports that Syrian blogger Tariq has been sentenced to jail for three years for criticising security authorities.
Lituanica writes on Victory Day in Moscow – and in Vilnius, where “the two remaining Soviet statues in the centre of Vilnius were vandalised” on May 9.
Lituanica writes about the EU-Russia relationship and “the first time Lithuania has dared to fight for its interests in the EU with such fervour.”
Babel in Vilnius compares the Lithuanian capital with Seville.
Latvian Abroad writes on how Latvia's biggest supermarket chain “has shot itself in a foot.”
Latvian Abroad writes about Latvian hockey and hockey fans – here and here.
Hungarian Spectrum and Pestiside.hu discuss foreign media coverage of anti-Semitism in Hungary.
Hungarian Spectrum writes about competitiveness, self-respect and self-confidence in Hungary.
“The defeat of the bullying strategy” is, according to Cafe Turco, one of the outcomes of the Serbian election.
Social Science in the Caucasus examines statistics released by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service on the number of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas issued to citizens from the three South Caucasus countries. According to that data, Armenia has the most number of visas issued with Georgia second and Azerbaijan third.
My Caucasus Knot comments on the price of political advertising ahead of this month's parliamentary election in Georgia and compares the situation with that during elections in Armenia. Despite concerns with higher than normal rates for the pre-election campaign period in Armenia, the costs in Georgia are comparatively astronomical.
Penny for your Thoughts comments on the opinion that support for Georgia in its current conflict with Abkhazia risks bringing the United States into needless confrontation with Russia. The blog says that contrary to that view, there are strategic reasons why Washington should support Tbilisi in its continuing spats with...
Blogger Interrupted comments on the opening of an Azerbaijani cultural garden in Cleveland. The blogger wonders why with a 100-strong Azerbaijani community such an initiative was taken.
Since the Nakba and Israel's claim of independence 60 years ago, Israel and Morocco have had an interesting relationship. Prior to the creation of an Israeli state, Morocco had a large, if not thriving, Jewish population. Here's what a few Moroccan bloggers have to say on this, the 60th anniversary of Israeli independence.