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10 August 2008

Stories from 10 August 2008

Bolivia: Covering the Recall Referendum

Mario Durán writes about his day covering the Recall Referendum in El Alto, Bolivia [es] for his citizen's newspaper Al Minuto where he took photos in 3 voting places, “I...

Blogger of the Week: Gilad Lotan

An artist, programmer and technology explorer, Gilad Lotan has been giving Global Voices Online's readers routine insights into the Hebrew blogosphere since May 2007, covering Israel, where arguments get heated...

Georgia, Russia: Blogger From Poti Recounts the Bombing

Here is LJ user pepsikolka's account of what it felt like when the Russian planes were bombing Poti, her native city: "[...] Around midnight I heard some roaring, ran up...

Georgia: Kutaisi Protest

Regional Reporters [RU] says that despite an air raid on Kutaisi which has meant local residents no longer gather in the city center, parks and markets of Georgia's second largest...

Georgia: Peace Corps Evacuation

With the evacuation of foreign citizens in Georgia now underway, B & C Go To Georgia reports that Peace Corps Volunteers are being moved and might be evacuated to Armenia...

South Ossetia: Appeal to Russian Officers and Soldiers

Dnevnik Slavyanina [Russian] makes a pacifist appeal to Russian officers and soldiers to disobey orders and abandon the war in South Ossetia in order not to be forced into committing...

South Ossetia: History Russian Style

LJ user gklimov [Russian] interviewes Russian historian Gennady Klimov about the history of the Ossetians and Georgians, receiving some interesting answers.

South Ossetia: Who Supplies Georgia With Arms?

LJ user dizainer [Russian] reposts a list – from the Russian Defence Ministry – of which countries are supplying Georgia with military materiel and what these are. A comment asks...

Ukraine: Illegal Eavesdropping Continues

Taras Kuzio writes about the continuing use of eavesdropping by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and how illegally obtained information is used in politics and business.

South Ossetia: Western Media Fakes?

LJ user exzzzorcist summarizes a discussion in the Russian blogosphere, claiming that the widely circulated photos by Reuters are fakes or staged, as part of a Western information campaign against...

Georgia: Armenian Economic Concerns

The Armenian Economist comments on the military confrontation between Georgia and Russia noting that 96 percent of Armenia's trade goes via its northern neighbor. The blog says that Armenia will...

Georgia: Stop Russian Aggression

Writing on the newly renamed Peace in Georgia, Diana Chachua calls for immediate action from the international community. The blogger says that if the European Union and NATO tolerates Russian...

South Ossetia: Alternative Russian view

LJ user maxdz [Russian] presents an alternative Russian view of how the Russian-Georgian conflict over South Ossetia erupted. Needless to say, most commentators disagree.

South Ossetia: Journalists Killed in Georgia-Russia Conflict

Julia – Malenkoe fotoagentstvo [Russian] relays a report by about two Russian journalists being killed during the fighting in South Ossetia. Remetalk's Journal [Russian] has more information on the...

Georgia: Foreign Ministry Joins the Blogosphere

Osteuropablog [German] reports that the Georgian Foreign Ministry appears to have joined the blogosphere with its MFA Georgia blog in English, since the Ministry website has gone down due to...

Belarus: Roma still excluded from education

Roma Gypsy Romany Gypsy reposted an article describing how Roma in Belarus are still discriminated from access to education, with a mere 2% Romani finishing secondary school.

South Ossetia: Information blackout of Russian views?

Remetalk's Journal [Russian] writes about the information blackout Russian officials feel they are experiencing when trying to get their message through in Western media. As one Foreign Ministry official said:...

Georgia: Impression from Tbilisi

Gedanken über Estland [German] posted a translation of impressions by a Georgian blogger on the situation in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

South Ossetia: What's next, Nagorno-Karabach or Nakhchivan?

Michael J. Totten draws a parallel between the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia and Abchazia with the potential for resumed Azeri-Armenian conflicts over Nagorno-Karabach or Nakchivan.

Georgia: Russian Roulette

With the Georgian government reporting that Tbilisi International Airport has been bombed and that 6,000 Russian troops have entered its territory along with a further 4,000 landing in Abkhazia, A...

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