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22 July 2008

Stories from 22 July 2008

Sudan: UN peacekeeper attacked, Iran opposes ICC action

John Boonstra at The UN Dispatch reports that a security officer working with the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has been assaulted by Sudanese Government military...

Ukraine: Customs Problems

Eternal Remont indignantly comments on the problems of dealing with Ukrainian customs.

Russia: Romani Theatre

TOL's Romantic posts a piece on the history of Romani theatre in Russia.

Russia: Discussion of US Captive Nations Resolution

Russia Blog recounts a conference at the Russian diplomatic academy (MGIMO) about the 50th anniversary of the US Captive Nations Resolution.

Russia: Should Internet Be Subjected to Mass Media Laws?

Russian Cyberspace accounts for continued discussions in Russia on whether to define the Internet as mass media and thus subject it to the same legislative framework as traditional mass media.

Russia: The Concept of Real Sovereignty

Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow comments on a recent book by Russian foreign policy expert Andrei Kokoshin as well as on the concept of real sovereignty currently in vogue in...

Russia, UK: TNK-BP Battle

The Oil and the Glory reflects upon the currently strained relations between Russia and Britain, with the battle over TNK-BP and Russian nationalisation of energy resources as a background. Tim...

Brazil: Electoral censorship at work

Pedro Dória [pt] reports that a contestant in the local elections for Porto Alegre, Brazil, was forced to close down her Orkut account and suspend her videos on YouTube. “They...

Zimbabwe: Fear and indifference

A beautiful gift shares his impressions on the situation Zimbabwe after his recent visit to see his family: “I have heard a lot say western media […] exaggerate about the...

Lithuania: Citizenship Law

Lituanica comments on the problems surrounding the adoption of a new Lithuanian citizenship law.

Zimbabwe: Open letter from Tsvangirai on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding

This is Zimbabwe posted an open letter from the President of the leader of the opposition Morgan Tsvangirai on yesterday's signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Zimbabwe's President Robert...

Idols East Africa

Wanjiku Unlimited, who has been closely following the Idols East Africa competition, describes the last three contestants left on the show.

Kenya: Rioting in schools

Ory Okolloh at Kenyan Pundit analyzes the reports of increasing levels of violence and riots in Kenyan high schools.

Abkhazia, Georgia: “Home”

As everyone seems to be talking about an impending war over Abkhazia, here is a translation of a post by LiveJournal blogger cyxymu, a Georgian who spent his childhood in...

Iran: Eight Women and One man face stoning death

Several Iranian blogs such as Einiproxy write[Fa] that at least eight women and one man are reported to have been sentenced to death by stoning in Iran.

Iranian bloggers react to Israel-Hezbollah deal

While the Iranian government rejoiced at the release of Lebanese prisoners from Israel, bloggers were quick to ask about the fate of Iranians captured in Lebanon, writes Hamid Tehrani, who...

China: Bus-bomb attack creates panic and indignation

The bus-bomb attack on 17 shocked not only the city but also China, that people suddenly feel how close terrorism is. The attack is characterized by that it is against...

Sri Lanka: Property rights and International summits

Deane's Dimension on the Sri Lankan government deciding to demolish the homes of people living in ‘unauthorized dwellings’ to spruce up the city for the SAARC summit.

Sri Lanka: Ceasefire and SAARC

The SAARC summit in Sri Lanka appears to have some unlikely consequences. Going Global on LTTE announcing a ceasefire during the summit.

Barbados, Cuba, U.S.A.: The Times Rejects Mc Cain

Caribbean blogs are irate over The New York Times‘ rejection of John Mc Cain's rebuttal to Barack Obama's recent editorial on Iraq: Babalu Blog: “Who the hell gave them the...

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