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9 August 2008

Stories from 9 August 2008

Arabeyes: Mourning for Mahmoud Darwish

Bloggers around the Arab world mourned the death of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish yesterday. Scores of posts appeared online in Arabic and English even before news of his death was...

South Ossetia: East European Leaders Condemn Russia

A Step At A Time reposted a joint statements by the leaders of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland condemning Russia's aggression against Georgia, in which they also call the Western...

Albania: A muslim country?

A Nevada Yankee in King Zog's Court discusses the changing role of religion in Albanian society, claiming that “after thousands of years of changing religious affiliations by Albanians in response...

Brazil: On the verge of a civil war over indigenous land

While the world celebrates the rights of indigenous people this Indigenous Peoples Day, dispute over land in Brazil is bringing the country to the verge of a civil war.

South Ossetia: Why Are They Russian Citizens?

LJ user barskaya [Russian] quotes the Russian citizenship legislation and cannot understand on what legal grounds so many South Ossetians have received Russian citizenship.

South Ossetia: Cyberattack on Georgian Presidential Website

LJ user brahmansk [Russian] reports that starting Saturday morning hackers have launched a massive cyber-attack on the Georgian presidential website.

Russia: Religious leaders call for stopping the bloodshed

Voices from Russia reports that Russian religious leaders – including Orthodox Patriarch Aleksei II – are calling for a stop of the bloodshed in South Ossetia

Southeast Asia and Beijing Olympics

Close to 200 athletes from the Southeast Asian region are participating in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The big news (as far as the region is concerned) during the opening ceremonies...

Georgia: 10 Russian Planes Downed, 40 Tanks Destroyed

Regional Reporters [RU] quotes the Georgian government as claiming 10 Russian aircraft have been downed in the continuing conflict over South Ossetia and that 40 tanks have been destroyed. Two...

Georgia: Missing Journalists

Regional Reporters [RU], a new blog set up by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting posts an announcement expressing its concern that two reporters, Alexander Klimchuk and Giga Chikhladze,...

Georgia: Armenians Evacuated

Unzipped says that 150 Armenian citizens in the Georgian resort towns of Batumi and Kobuleti are being evacuated from the country as military conflict with Russia intensifies. The blog also...

Michèle Pierre-Louis, Haiti's new prime minister

Bloggers discuss Michèle Pierre-Louis, Haiti's newly-confirmed prime minister and only the second woman to hold that position, and the rumors about her sexual orientation, which nearly undid her nomination.

Georgia: History Repeating?

Writing from Tbilisi, Wu Wei says images of Russian tanks entering the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia bring back memories of Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968. Meanwhile,...

Bahrain: The significance of a somersault

Coolred38, an American living in Bahrain, had misgivings about sending her daughters on a holiday to the US – but she felt she had done the right thing when she...

MENA: Visas of Fulbright scholars revoked

Earlier this week three Palestinians, recipients of prestigious Fulbright scholarships to study in the United States, had their visas revoked by the US, preventing them from taking up the scholarships....

Mongolia: Engaging Citizens on human impact on ecosystems

RML reports that the Asia Foundation in Mongolia has launched “Securing our Future,” a program to engage citizens in resource use decision making that affects their lives.

Mongolia: Day of Fathers to be marked

RML says that Mongolian men work hard, drink hard, live hard, but recently proposed Day of Fathers could be a good step to raise the prestige of being a father,...

Kazakhstan: Morality Would Frown Upon

Adam posts a shocking story of the raping of a schoolgirl in a distant province and the failure of law enforcement bodies to investigate the case properly. The story was...

Tajikistan: Energy crisis repeated

Vadim reports that Tajikistan will not be able to avoid another harsh winter without electricity.

Uzbekistan: Singing in a problem

Libertad uploads a video of Uzbek schoolchildren singing old war-time Soviet song in a former shore of Aral Sea which is disappearing in the largest environmental catastrophe of the century.

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