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8 August 2008

Stories from 8 August 2008

Ukraine: Scary orphan statistics

The Gaws reported some really scary statistics on what happens to “post-institutional orphans” in Ukraine.

South-Ossetia: Appeal to stop the war

Suomalais-venäläinen kansalaisfoorumi [Russian] reposted an appeal to stop the war in South-Ossetia by the Russian human rights’ organisation Memorial, reminding us of what tragedies wars in the Caucasus have brought.

Georgia: Similarities with 1995 Croatia

Gray Falcon compares the current situation of South Ossetians in Georgia with that of Serbs in Croatia in 1995.

Georgia: A few .ge sites down

Colleen of the blog winthrop360 notes that a few .ge websites appear to be down, including the President of Georgia and the Parliament of Georgia.

Angola: Countdown to the long awaited elections

Angola's first parliamentary elections in 16 years will finally take place at the beginning of September. Clara Onofre reports on the local atmosphere during the countdown to the polls, direct...

Lebanon: An Italian Lesson for Lebanon

What are the similarities between Lebanon and Italy, other than the fact that they both overlook the Mediterranean? Blogger Antoun Issa, in his latest post at Lebanese Chess argues that...

Ukraine: Questions about NATO-membership

The 8th Circle discusses some questions surrounding the issue of a future NATO-membership for Ukraine.

Estonia-US: Speeding tickets

cyrsfarivar.com compares the hustle of getting a speeding ticket in the US and Estonia, with the latter coming out on the positive side.

Russia: August Coincidences

In reference to the war in South Ossetia starting on the opening day of the Beijing Olympics, Ruslanas Iržikevičius of Lituanica notes that several catastrophes in Russia started while important...

Russia: Sexual harassment good for babymaking?

Natalia Antonova comments on the case of a Russian judge who dismissed charges of sexual harassment against an empolyer saying that “it is needed for the continuation of the human...

China: Monoplized of Charity

Guo Yu-Kuan from my1510 criticizes the monopolized of charity service in China by government organized NGO.

China: 43 Years Ago

Tiger Temple reminds people that on 8 of August, 1966, the Chinese Communist party has announced “the decision on proletarian cultural revolution”.

Nepal: Ex-Prince in Singapore

IZ Reloaded on the former prince of Nepal getting into trouble at a club in Singapore, provoking a lot of people to respond on his behaviour.

Pakistan: Medals at the Olympics

All Things Pakistan discusses Pakistan's chances at the Beijing Olympics that started today.

MENA: Obama's Muslim Outreach Coordinator Resigns

Mazen Asbahi, the attorney who had volunteered as Barack Obama's outreach coordinator to Muslim and Arab-Americans, has resigned after accusations of ties to Jamal Said, an imam at a fundamentalist...

AIDS 2008: Battling AIDS By Battling Homophobia

As the XVII International AIDS Conference wraps up in Mexico City, one of the many issues participants have been discussing is the international failure to adequately address HIV/AIDS among men...

Georgia: South Ossetia Update

With local and international media outlets reporting that fighting is spilling over into Georgia proper, the latest military confrontation with Russia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia looks increasingly...

Armenia: Lesbian Environmentalists

Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on Russian media reports that a recent exhibition organized by Armenian lesbians in Yerevan focused on environmental issues.

Jamaica: Bleached Beauty?

“What does the current rage — skin bleaching — tell us about our identity?” asks Jamaican Francis Wade.

Haiti: Child Labour

“Child slavery in Haiti may be the ultimate symbol of a state that has failed its most vulnerable members”: jmc strategies says that “key to ending child slavery in Haiti...

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