Stories from 8 June 2008
From the Frontline reports that during his trip to Afghanistan, Poland’s foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski “unveiled a plaque in honour of his friend, Andy Skrzypkowiak, a British war correspondent who was killed in 1987.”
Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog links to his piece in eXile – “Nemtsov’s White Paper: Bombshell or Dud?” In the comments, readers discuss, among other things, eXile and the problems the paper's facing now.
Latvian Abroad fears that one Latvian paper – Diena – may not “survive in the Internet age.”
Kyle Grady of What's Going Down? writes an open letter to the editors of Lifestyle.bg and author Tihomir Dimitrov, prompting a heated discussion on Bulgaria, feminism, women's rights and other issues (41 comments so far).
Srebrenica Genocide Blog reports: “Members of the Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa Enclaves organization are dissatisfied that the Bosnian Serb (RS) police will be responsible for security at a Srebrenica Genocide Memorial in Potocari, which is not under the jurisdiction of Republika Srpska.”
Vilhelm Konnander writes about Prometheism and post-Soviet geopolitics.
Window on Eurasia writes that “Russian nationalists [are] now mapping location of immigrants in major cities.”
Window on Eurasia is wondering whether Gagauzia could “replace Transdniestria as Moscow’s lever of choice in Moldova.”
Window on Eurasia writes on how “Russian ‘democracy’ displays its nationalist face in Paris.”
A few photos of the old Russian-language books and maps, “which might be of interest to Caucasophiles” – at Scraps of Moscow.
Russian Blog explains how to say “I blog” and other related things in Russian.
Viola in Vilnius links to and writes about a TV ad for the next year's Capital of Culture – The Magnificent Town of Vilnius. Photos and video on the process of creating the ad – in PetPunk‘s Flickr set.
Dr. Filomena films part of her bike ride to work in Ljubljana.
Byzantine Blog provides links to “Stolen Kosovo,” a Czech documentary by Vaclav Dvorak.
Say: Macedonia links to a report by the Human Rights Watch on the Macedonians of Greece.
A discussion of Lithuania's plans to make dual citizenship legal – at Lituanica.
Updates on the worsening of the political situation in Ukraine – at Foreign Notes and Ukrainiana.
Ukrainiana writes about “the language issue” in Ukraine: “Russian as a Turkish dialect of Old Ukrainian vs. Ukrainian as a Polish dialect of Old Russian represent the two opposite poles in the oft-unprofessional debate among ultra-nationalists.”
Soundsandfury, a Taiwanese writer and blogger, tells us the irony when he saw the advertisement poster about Olympics in the subway of Beijing(zh). The poster with a slogan saying “2008 with Hu Jia” is featured with a China Gold Medal sportsman whose name is the same with the human right...
A knife attack in Tokyo's Akihabara area has taken the lives of at least seven people and left many more injured. The suspect apparently crashed a two-ton rented truck into pedestrians on an intersection close to Akihabara station, and then began attacking onlookers. Bloggers at and near the scene describe what they saw through words and photos.
Tim Maddog compares the difference of how TVBS, probably the most influencial cable news channel in Taiwan, treats different presidents.