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17 June 2008

Stories from 17 June 2008

The Balkans: Ingeborg Beugel

Say: Macedonia quotes from an interview with Ingeborg Beugel, “a Dutch reporter and author of several documentaries about the crimes committed in Bosnia”: “In an interview for the online site...

Lithuania: Deportations Anniversary

Lituanica writes about the 67th anniversary of the mass deportations of Lithuanians to Siberia.

Lithuania: Lietuva

Bieksia’s Weblog suggests changing Lithuania's official English name to “Lietuva” – which is Lithuania's name in Lithuanian.

Latvia: Flags and Commemorations

Baltic writes about flag-flying and commemoration days in Latvia.

Hungary: 50 Years Since Imre Nagy's Execution

Hungarian Spectrum and ExecutedToday.com write about the 50th anniversary of the execution of prime minister Imre Nagy.

Hungary: Violence Against Roma

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the Hungarian extreme right and the anti-Roma violence.

Russia, U.S.: Entry Visas

A Budapest-based American writes at Pestiside.hu about the painful process of getting a Russian entry visa.

Estonia: Tax System

AnTyx writes about Estonian economic policies and tax system.

Czech Republic: Anti-Globalization Rally

The Czech Daily Word writes about the anti-globalization rally that took place in Brno this past Saturday, and about the way some of the activists were treated by the riot...

Bulgaria, Romania: Labor Migrants

Nicolaus Mills explains at Comment is Free why Britain hasn't seen the much-feared “‘tidal wave’ of immigrants” from Bulgaria and Romania.

Bulgaria: Gay Pride on June 28

Petya of Bighead writes about the upcoming gay pride parade in Sofia: “… I've already seen notes from the Bulgarian major nationalist party urging their supporters to organize a counter-protest…At...

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Biggest Bosnian Coffee Pot

A picture of “the world's biggest Bosnian coffee pot” – “cheesy tourist fun! :)” – at YakimaGulagLiteraryGazett.

Croatia: Entry Visas for Albanians

Albanian Blogger relates his frustrating experience of getting Croatian entry visas for himself and his colleagues.

China: Prepping for Beijing

Head of Sports Science and Research of the British Olympic Association Marco Cardinale looks back at recent posts on his blog and elsewhere as his preparations for the Beijing Olympics...

China: Beijing students forced out for Olympics?

In ‘Beijing University Students Booted from Dorms for Olympics,’ Truth From Facts blogger nator gets a tip-off to that effect from a friend, in the form of an A4 notice,...

China: Olympic mascots from the past

Raider_dad at Fark.com forums posts a link to a list of all Olympic mascots dating back to 1968. Seeing Amik the Montreal beaver, reader Visceral Realist quips: “1976 looks nothing...

China: Olympic torch passes over Tibet

The BeijingWideOpen blogger is watching closely as the Beijing Olympic torch skipped over Tibet today and went straight to Xinjiang.

China: Learn Chinese for the Olympics

Via FreeLanguage.org we find that Chinese education 2.0 site ChinesePod.com has prepared a curriculum set especially for Olympic visitors, covering everything from dealing with mosquito bites to the Beijing dialect...

Iraq: Hospitals Getting Better

Iraqi hospital care is improving, notes Inside Iraq in this post.

Iraq: Breaking Stereotypes

Iraqi Khalid Jarrar is in stitches that his brother's Canadian fiancée had ridden camels twice before his Arab brother.

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