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15 August 2008

Stories from 15 August 2008

Hungary: Why the Olympic team is not winning more medals?

Eva Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum comments on the high expectations of Hungarian sports commentators for Olympic medals, and analyzes why Hungary is not managing to meet those expectations.

Czech Republic: A German put in jail for Nazi salute

Petr Bokuvka of The Czech Daily World reports that a German motorbike fan was arrested in the Czech town of Brno for doing the Nazi salute in public. According to...

Iran: Several bloggers protest against polygamy bill

Several Iranian bloggers including Parastood protest [Fa] against polygamy bill. Shirin Ebadi, Noble Peace laureate, also protested against this bill.

Iran: “Go Live in your Lovely Israel, Mr. Vice President”

Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, the Iranian vice president for tourism and the director of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization, has been under fire after he declared that Iran is “a friend...

Peru: Amazonian Indigenous Groups Protest New Governmental Decrees

The Aguaruna indigenous group in the Peruvian Amazon is protesting several governmental decrees that some say would make it easier for the government and oil companies to have access to...

Russia: New Military Uniforms

Owen of Lex Libertas reports that the Russian military will completely change to a new uniform by the year 2011, by a famous Russian designer.

Russia, Georgia: A tale of two wars

Vadim Nikitin of the Foreign Policy Association Russia blog, analyzes the parallel coverage of the South Ossetia conflict by US and Russian media, saying “The US media covered the Russian...

Paraguay: Last Day in Power for Colorado Party

August 14 was the last day that the Colorado Party would be in power, as the new administration of Fernando Lugo is set to begin a new era in Paraguay,...

Ethiopia: First Olympic Gold Medal

Mamá Etiopía [Spanish] reports that the Ethiopian Olympic team collected their first gold medal, won by female runner Tirunesh Dibaba in the 10,000 meters category. The blog also comments on...

Top Ten Communist Jokes

Owen of Lex Libertas posted a list of the top ten communist jokes from an online competition where people sent in their favorite.

Saudi Arabia: Is a housemaid necessary?

For many who live in the Gulf, employing a housemaid is a normal part of life. One Saudi blogger who prefers not to has been facing much criticism.

Georgia: A linguistic approach to the country's claimed ‘territorial integrity’

ClubOrlov presents an interesting approach — ‘colored by linguistics’ — and insightful takes on the western claims over Georgia's ‘territorial integrity’.

Georgia War: More News on Russian BTC-Bombing

The Oil and the Glory writes about various independent confirmations of the alleged Russian bombings of the BTC-pipeline.

Georgia War: Russian Opposition Leaders on the Conflict

Osteuropablog brings attention to (GER) and comments on a Rosbalt article on reactions from Russian opposition leaders to the conflict with Georgia.

Georgia War: Poles Soccer Punch Russian Footballers

Osteuropablog reports (GER) how Thursday's Warzaw UEFA-cup soccer match between Russian FK Moskva and Polish Legia Warszawa was accompanied by cheers of “f-ck Russia” and similar joyous acclamations from spectators.

Georgia Leaves Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

GUS-News reflects over (GER) Georgia's decision to leave the CIS – the organisation formed after soviet demise by ex USSR-republics – and the country's appeal to other member states to...

Georgia War: Arkady Babchenko Conflict Coverage

From the Frontline draws attention to the photo coverage of the Russo-Georgian war by Russian Chechnya veteran, author, and journalist – Novaya Gazeta – Arkady Babchenko.

Morocco: Olympic Hopes

Morocco began competing in the Summer Olympic Games in 1960 and has competed in every Summer Games since (with the exception of the 1980 Games, which they boycotted along with...

Russia, Georgia: “Information War” Guidelines

In politicsforum LJ community, U.S.-based LJ user malasadas posts humorous guidelines (ENG) for a Russian-style “information war” over South Ossetia (LJ user commentator40 has translated this post into Russian in...

Cote d'Ivoire: Local blogger meetings

Théophile Kouamouo proposes organizing “blogcamps” in Abidjan [Fr], meetings where local bloggers can share their experiences and train others who are interested in blogging.

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