2 August 2008

Stories from 2 August 2008

Peru: Rancas Faces Off Against Mining Company

  2 August 2008

The Peruvian community of Rancas has found itself in a struggle against the mining company Volcán. Some local leaders have been protesting the environmental damage caused by this profitable industry, and one blogger believes her site was reported as "inappropriate" because of her openly critical comments against the company.

Serbia: Slatko Recipe

  2 August 2008

Sajkaca of the collective blog Balkan Crew shares the recipe for Slatko (Serbian for “sweet”), a Balkan specialty that is “a preserve in which fruits are kept whole in a thick and very sweet syrup.”

Russia: All Pigs Are Equal…

  2 August 2008

LJ user kaloy draws a thought-provoking parallell (RUS) between the declaration of a state of emergency in North Ossetia, because of African swine plague, and the neighbouring Ingushetia, where 23 people were killed and 17 injured in a low-intensity conflict only last month, and posts shaking pictures to illustrate the...

Russia: Pen Mightier Than Sword?

  2 August 2008

Suomalais-venäläinen kansalaisfoorumi posts a translation of an article on the Kremlin vs. democratic opposition, written by Stanislav Yakovlev, leader of the Russian radical democratic youth movement Smena.

Russia: Solar Eclipse and Politics in Samara

  2 August 2008

Russian photojournalist Oleg Klimov was in the city of Samara on August 1, the day of a total eclipse of the Sun, to meet with representatives of the local opposition. On his blog, he described a rare case of conjunction of Russian politics and astronomy.

Armenia: Organized Opposition

  2 August 2008

Unzipped comments on yesterday's opposition rally held in central Yerevan and the formation of a new post-presidential election opposition congress. The blog notes that while the opposition's demands remain the same, it commends them for toning down rhetoric which in the past has been considered by some observers to be...

Saudi Arabia: A ban on cats and dogs

Earlier this week in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, a ban was announced on selling cats and dogs as pets, or walking them in public, because of men apparently using them to make passes at women. Bloggers both inside and outside the kingdom have responded with disbelief.

Madagascar: who is going to the Olympics?

  2 August 2008

There was a bit of confusion about the number of people who will be part of the Malagasy delegation in the 2008 Olympics. Official reports were not disclosed until a few days ago when we learned that 7 athletes will participate (fr) instead of the four initially announced at the...

Madagascar to Hong Kong: “Give us the Emerald back”

  2 August 2008

Lova Rabary-Rakotondravony explains that the government of Madagascar has sent four delegates to Honk Kong to try to retrieve one of the heaviest and largest emerald on matrix in the world currently on display at the Baoqu Tang Modern Art Gallery in Honk Kong (fr). The Malagasy government claims that...

Taiwan Blogger of a feather flock together

  2 August 2008

Annual Taiwan blogger BoF [zh] (named from “Birds of a feather”) is going to be held on Aug. 3rd in Taipei. Hundreds to thousands of Taiwan bloggers will enjoy the whole-day sessions from online to off-line, and from 00:00 to 24:00. Portnoy will introduce Rising Voice Project in one of...

Hungary: Public TV

  2 August 2008

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the Hungarian Public Television – “Magyar Televízió = MTV”: “Most people I know tell me that they hardly ever watch MTV with the possible exception of the late evening political program, Az Este, and on Sundays A Szólás Szabadsága, especially if there are interesting guests.”

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