12 July 2008

Stories from 12 July 2008

Morocco's Changing Bodies

As in many developing countries, the food landscape in Morocco is rapidly changing. Obesity and body image, two rarely-discussed subjects, are becoming ever-present issues. Jillian York has the story.

Ukraine: “A Little Miracle”

Michelle Knisley of Scenes from the Sidewalk writes about her encounter with “a little miracle” – a 2-year-old boy who survived a fall from the seventh floor”: “His parents are drug addicts and they were high and had left a window open.”

Albania: New UNESCO World Heritage Site

This year's UNESCO World Heritage Committee's meeting took place in Quebec City, Canada, on July 2-10, and, as a result, 27 new sites were inscribed in the World Heritage List, which now totals 878 sites. According to Stepping Stones blog, the town of Berat in Albania has made it onto UNESCO's list as well.

Russia: Surkov on Joan Miró

IZO highlights an essay on Joan Miró, written for the Russian Pioneer magazine by Kremlin chief ideologist Vladislav Surkov – and re-published (RUS) by LJ user v_orlov. One reader asks (RUS): “What's next? An article by [PM Vladimir Putin] on [Mikhail] Bulgakov or [Fyodor] Dostoevsky? […]”

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Srebrenica Anniversary

Yesterday, on July 11, Bosnia and Herzegovina commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, which the International Court of Justice in The Hague referred to as genocide against the Muslim population of the area last year. Elia Varela Serra reports on the online remembrance in the blogosphere and on Facebook.

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