Stories from 11 August 2008
Robert Amsterdam comments on and posts a link to a paper prepared by Georgian students, analyzing the international law ramifications of the current Russian-Georgian crisis.
Osteuropablog [German] comments on reports about the presidents of Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania seek to make a common trip to Georgia to try to mediate in the Russian-Georgian conflict.
Der Spiegelfechter discusses (GER) the media and information war in the Russian-Georgian conflict with a critical eye on primarily alleged anti-Russian reporting in Western media, and gives a number of examples of erroneous reporting.
A Step At A Time reposts an appeal from Georgian Civil Society Organizations calling for a stop of violence and for a Russian withdrawal.
Lúcia Freitas [pt] discovers Brazil's freecycle groups, a recycling community already present in over 70 countries, and now in 8 Brazilian cities. She explains the main idea behind project: “When giving those things they don't need any more without requesting anything back, not only the participants exercise their generosity, they...
The Jordanian blogosphere has been mourning the great Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, who passed away from complications due to open-heart surgery at the age of 67 this week. For Jordanians, Darwish was more than just a master of words. He is perceived as an ambassador and champion of the Palestinian...
Una española/gallega en Eslovenia [Spanish] and Piran Café both reported (with photos) on the massive hail storm that hit Slovenia last Friday, damaging cars, windows and even roofs.
Rodrigo Savazoni is organizing a series [pt] of posts in answer to a comment by judge Ricardo Hermann regarding his article on Brazil's online regulations for the elections. “I must thank him for explaining his views publicly. The Brazilian judiciary is not very accountable for its acts. So, I greatly...
Edmundo Galiza Matos [pt] reports that 12,000 voting offices workers have been trained in preparation for the legislative elections of September 05. “Up to 22nd of this month it is expected to reach 25,475 workers, fully trained in matters related to the electoral package, procedures for voting, and specific guidelines...
Reportedly, two journalists have been killed amidst the fighting in Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, and several others have been wounded. At the same time, foreigners are being evacuated from Georgia and the situation remains tense, while everyone's holding their breath for a ceasefire.
While India's first individual gold medal winner at the Olympics, Abhinav Bindra hasn't updated his blog about his win, comments are pouring in to congratulate him.
LJ user knup_ru [Russian] posts a few reactions by foreign bloggers on the ongoing conflict between Russia and Georgia.
Suomalais-venäläinen kansalaisfoorumi reports that Russia has rejected the EU-brokered Georgian proposal for a ceasefire in the South Ossetian conflict.
Foreign Policy blog FP Passport quotes Putin as saying that Russia would take its “peacekeeping mission” to its “logical conclusion.”
LJ user malkolms [Russian] advocates for Russia to ignore a ceasefire with Georgia and going on to conquer Tbilisi and to depose Saakashvili before the West has a chance to react. Otherwise, Russia risks losing the initiative and its upper hand in the conflict, malkolms argues.
LJ user boris_kogatov [Russian] reports that the United Nations’ Security Council may shortly decide to revoke the Russian peacekeeping mandate in South Ossetia and to replace Russian soldiers with international peacekeepers.
Itching for Eestima writes about the historical parallels between Estonia and Georgia and the fear of being invaded from the East, viz. by Russia.
LJ user militsioner [Russian] reports that former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, has pointed to the US for approving Georgian actions against South Ossetia.
Suomalais-venäläinen kansalaisfoorumi quotes Russian news agency RIA Novosti who says that Russia prepares to lodge a suit against Georgia to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for its alleged attack on South Ossetia.
One of the most active zones at the Global Village in the AIDS conference was certainly the Youth Action Zone, where youth from many different parts of the world got together to talk about their experiences, their hopes, their dreams and how change should come about taking their participation seriously. Their YouTube Channel has a series of videos from the AIDS conference, interviews and commentary about their role in taking control of the AIDS epidemic.
uaMuzik quotes various sources claiming that the British singer Sir Elton John performed in Yalta last Saturday for the 70th birthday of Leonid Kuchma, former president of Ukraine.