Stories from 17 June 2008
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 Sarajevo-x.com, she talks about the rise of the Greek nationalism and the participation of Greek mercenaries in the war in...
Lituanica writes about the 67th anniversary of the mass deportations of Lithuanians to Siberia.
Bieksia’s Weblog suggests changing Lithuania's official English name to “Lietuva” – which is Lithuania's name in Lithuanian.
Baltic writes about flag-flying and commemoration days in Latvia.
Hungarian Spectrum and ExecutedToday.com write about the 50th anniversary of the execution of prime minister Imre Nagy.
Hungarian Spectrum writes about the Hungarian extreme right and the anti-Roma violence.
A Budapest-based American writes at Pestiside.hu about the painful process of getting a Russian entry visa.
AnTyx writes about Estonian economic policies and tax system.
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 police.
Nicolaus Mills explains at Comment is Free why Britain hasn't seen the much-feared “‘tidal wave’ of immigrants” from Bulgaria and Romania.
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 any rate, it is so insane, I am embarrassed to even translate it.”
A picture of “the world's biggest Bosnian coffee pot” – “cheesy tourist fun! :)” – at YakimaGulagLiteraryGazett.
Albanian Blogger relates his frustrating experience of getting Croatian entry visas for himself and his colleagues.
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 heat up.
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, and goes online to see what those at other Beijing campuses are going through.
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 like the beavers I've seen.” See if you recognize (or remember) the rest here.
The BeijingWideOpen blogger is watching closely as the Beijing Olympic torch skipped over Tibet today and went straight to Xinjiang.
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 to getting around the Olympic Village.
Iraqi hospital care is improving, notes Inside Iraq in this post.
Iraqi Khalid Jarrar is in stitches that his brother's Canadian fiancée had ridden camels twice before his Arab brother.
Jordanian Jad posts a YouTube message featuring Queen Rania of Jordan, who calls upon people to dispel some of the stereotypes people have on Arabs.