Stories from 1 August 2008
Balkan File writes that “CNN has mixed in footage of riots that took place in Budapest, Hungary, with that of the riots in Belgrade”: “Some comments on the web seem to hint that perhaps CNN were deliberately trying to make the protests seem more violent than they actually were –...
Updates on Bishop Diomid's case, at Window on Eurasia – here, here, here, and here.
Belatedly, a trip report, photos and video from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, by Darkness at Noon – here and here.
Hugo Miranda provides examples of how the prices have risen for the foods [es] that he normally eats while living in La Paz, Bolivia.
Russian Blog writes about the process of “picking one single person from all of Russian history to represent it, to give it a face, and yes, a name.” FP's Passport reported two weeks ago that “the Tsar currently leads Stalin 267,000 to 263,000, out of nearly 2.4 million votes cast...
Budapest Guide posts photos and writes about the ongoing renovation project in Gozsdu Udvar neighborhood of Budapest.
Michael J. Totten's reflections on Islam in Kosovo and Macedonia, travel photos and lots of readers’ comments – here and here.
Window on Eurasia writes that a group of Russia’s Muslim leaders has turned down the State Department's invitation to visit the United States for political reasons.
LJ user fobosanddeimos comments upon (RUS) a recent survey by Evraziysky Monitor, showing big differences between post-soviet states, which form an obstacle for prospects of integration.
El pueblo unido jamás será vencido (Yabloko youth leader Ilya Yashin) posts an article (RUS) on why the democratic youth movement in Russia failed after the 2004 Ukrainian Orange Revolution.
Babel Tallinn writes about the long over-inflated real estate prices in Estonia, and the current crisis with falling prices in the sector.
GUS-News comments on (GER) the appeal of the Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomeus against the division of the Ukrainian Orthodox church on the occasion of the 1020th anniversary of Christianity in Kievan Rus.
Eternal Remont comments on a Financial Times story that Russia will impose export control on grain.
IZO quotes the publisher of a Ukrainian-language news magazine Novynar on the reasons to shut down the publication.
Baktash Siawashi, blogger and journalist from Afghanistan, writes [Fa] about the murder of Abdul Samad Rohani, an Afghan journalist, working for the BBC in Helmand province. He says Taliban,corrupted officials and drug smugglers are “the usual suspects” in this murder.
Eric Gordy of East Ethnia explains why he believes that “that maybe Richard Holbrooke did make some promises to Radovan Karadžić.”
Daniel Rodrigo [Spanish] posted photos of a “manual” for Belarussian journalists, a promotional leaflet on a documentary about the lack of freedom of speech in Belarus.
Amazighblog [fr] writes about Amazigh wedding traditions.
Blesh Family in Haiti Web Log links to a New York Times report announcing that Michele Pierre-Louis has been confirmed as Prime Minister of Haiti – and adds: “Well we hope this will help Haiti…”
Today is Emancipation Day in many West Indian territories - the day that effectively celebrates the end of slavery, when all slaves were legally declared free. One hundred and seventy odd years later, a few Caribbean bloggers pay tribute to their forefathers, whose sacrifice has earned them their freedom today...
Saudi blogger Aysha Alkusayer is shocked at the number of satellite dishes, popping out of the windows of residential towers in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.