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3 July 2008

Stories from 3 July 2008

The Balkans: Travelogue, Part II

Lots of photos, text and comments on Michael J. Totten's second installment from his travels in Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Bulgaria: Georgi Markov's Murder Investigation

Edward Lucas writes about the investigation of Georgi Markov's 1978 murder.

Czech Republic: The Prague Spring

Dr Sean's Diary writes about the meaning of the Prague Spring.

Israel: Palestinians and Israelis Found Internet Start-Up

“When Israelis and Palestinian put away the fumes of mistrust and fear and create a reasonable environment of normality and flowing reciprocal good feelings, then the heaven is the limit,”...

Israel: Earth-Friendly Middle East

Help Karen Chernick build a list of environmentally friendly blogs in the Middle East. In “Green News from the Blogosphere,”, this Green Prophet author opines: “The truth is that although...

Bahrain: Damaging reputations

Cookie is furious because of a request to help destroy someone’s reputation.

Bahrain: Bloggers’ Code of Ethics Against Sectarianism

With the political divide in Bahrain usually framed in sectarian terms, blogger Mahmood Al Yousif has posted a code of ethics aimed at stopping the propagation of hate online.

Bahrain: Traditional music

Yagoob visits the Mohammed bin Faris House of Sut Music in Bahrain.

Indonesia out of OPEC

Nivell’s blog believes Indonesia's resignation from OPEC is a blessing in disguise.

Rising oil prices in Cambodia

ZJ mentions the impact of rising oil and gas prices in Cambodia

George Bush insulted Filipinos?

Lily Pad believes US President George Bush insulted Filipinos when he issued this remark to visiting Philippine President Gloria Arroyo at the White House: “First, I want to tell you...

Iran: Hardliners mull death penalty for Internet crimes

According to several news sites Iran's parliament is set to debate a draft bill which could see the death penalty used for those deemed to promote corruption, prostitution and apostasy...

Kosovo: “Recognizers” and Non-“Recognizers”

A Fistful of Euros writes about the 43 states that recognize Kosovo's independence and categorizes the rest by their reasons not to. Also, there's an earlier post on Kosovo and...

Poland: Stanisław Lem

Polandian writes about Stanisław Lem.

Ukraine: Philanthropic Causes

Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine posts a list of philanthropic causes in Ukraine and asks for help in updating it.

Slovenia: PM's Speech; Referendum

Sleeping with Pengovsky writes about the referendum in Slovenia – here and here, and compares Slovene PM Janez Janša's speech delivered on Statehood Day two years ago to the one...

Russia: Documentary About Anna Politkovskaya

LJ user tapirr posts Masha Novikova's documentary about Anna Politkovskaya: “Anna, Seven Years on the Frontline” (RUS, with English subtitles).

India: Fooling the Media

A grand hoax saw a majority of the Indian newspaper media being fooled by the claim that a Nazi war criminal was caught in Goa. More at nanopolitan.

India: Pride and Gay

To Each Its Own on the gay pride parades in various Indian cities, and the strange absence of participants in Mumbai.

Pakistan: Fuel and Subsidies

CHUP! on the rising prices of fuel in Pakistan and the government's plan to phase out subsidies.

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