15 July 2008

Stories from 15 July 2008

CEE: World's Youngest Leaders List

Veni Markovski writes about CEE individuals who've made it on the World’s 10 Youngest Leaders list of the Foreign Affairs Magazine: Bulgarian PM Sergei Stanishev, Macedonian PM Nikola Gruevski, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.

Uganda: (No longer) lost in translation

  15 July 2008

The majority of Ugandan bloggers have yet to write in languages other than English, perhaps because over 50 different indigenous languages are spoken in the country. Over the last year, however, several of Uganda's blogren have forayed into the world of local-language blogging via Luglish, a blend of English and Luganda, the local language most commonly spoken the capital city Kampala.

Transnistria: Voices of Tiraspol

In recent years, it seems like a solution to Moldova's long-unresolved secessionist conflict is always being forecast but never quite materializes. Meanwhile, the people who live in the unrecognized Transnistria just try to get by. At least a couple of the territory's netizens, however, seem unhappy with some of the initiatives of their de facto government. Lyndon Allin translates their posts.

Russia: One Year Sentence for Blog Comment

On July 7, Savva Terentyev, 22, a Russian blogger and musician, received a one-year suspended jail sentence for a comment he posted on Feb. 15, 2007, on the blog of a local journalist Boris Suranov. Below are rough translations of the comment and a small passage from the verdict, as well as an opinion poll on the impact of Terentyev's case on the freedom of expression in the Russian blogosphere.

Dominica: Local Food Alternatives

  15 July 2008

Danielle Edwards, guest blogging at Dominican Weekly, says that “we should all make the effort to resist rising food prices by being more innovative with our meals.”

Barbados, U.S.A.: Controversial Cartoon

  15 July 2008

Barbadian blogger Cheese-on-bread! comments on the controversial cover of The New Yorker: “Some people are really scared Obama is going to be the 43rd President of the United States…”

Nepal: Political intrigue

  15 July 2008

Nepali Netbook sums up the political events of the last few weeks in the country – as ‘wackiest’ ever in Nepali politics.

Angola: The 16 year Parliament legislature finishes today

  15 July 2008

“In 1992 the Angolans went for the first to the polls. No one imagined that Parliament which resulted of those elections would have a 16 year legislature, the longest of the continent.” JotaCê Carranca [pt] explains the numerous reasons for this prolonged period in power, and says that this legislature...

D.R. of Congo: Dysfunctional Justice

  15 July 2008

More than a year after his colleague at the Radio Okapi Serge Maheshe was murdered, Cédric Kalonji [Fr] says that one of the alleged perpetrators fled the prison in Bukavu. “Justice, the pillar of the State's authority which is the very foundation of democracy, is not working in the Congo”,...

Armenia: Relations With Turkey

The Armenian Observer comments on new moves to promote dialogue with Turkey. The two countries have no diplomatic relations and the border remains closed. However, the blog notes that the response inside Armenia to moves to promote reconciliation between the two neighbors is disappointing.

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