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5 September 2008

Stories from 5 September 2008

Ukraine: U.S. Missionary's Visa Ordeal

Matty, a U.S. missionary based in Kerch, Ukraine, blogs at The Gaws – here and here – about a Ukrainian visa ordeal he and his family are going through now.

Poland: Secret CIA Prisons

The beatroot examines whether “Poland’s government knew all about ‘secret’ CIA prisons” in Poland.

Macedonia: Name Dispute and Google Weather

Say: Macedonia posts a protest letter sent to Google by one of the blog's readers regarding the “improper naming” of the country that comes up when one does a “weather...

The Balkans: Dutch Soldiers to Testify in Favor of Karadzic?

Srebrenica Genocide Blog reports that a group of former Dutch soldiers may “testify in Radovan Karadzic's favor.”

Palestine: The siege of Gaza was broken – and then?

On August 23, two boats carrying international activists broke the siege of Gaza by landing in Gaza's harbour. The boats have since left again, leaving some of the activists behind,...

Dubai: Princess Pamela Anderson

“Not content with building an eco-hotel in Abu Dhabi, former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is now planning to become Queen of the UAE. Or at least a princess,” reveals Secret...

The Balkans: Florence Hartmann and the ICTY

Greater Surbiton writes about the case of Florence Hartmann, former spokeswoman for ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte, recently indicted “for allegedly disclosing classified information relating to the proceedings against...

Saudi Arabia: Matrook Al Faleh Still in Prison

“More than 100 days have passed and Prof. Matrook al-Faleh is still detained following his arrest last May. His situation remains the same: in solitary confinement and yet to be...

Haiti, Bahamas: Hurricane Hanna

Haiti didn't need another tropical storm, far less another hurricane. As Hanna descended upon the island, she brought with her more rains, more flooding and more death.

Russia, Georgia: War and Art

IZO writes about the possible impact of the Russian-Georgian conflict on the art world and freedom of speech.

Ukraine: Political Crisis Update

Foreign Notes posts an update on the political crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine: Dick Cheney, Elections, NATO

Ukrainiana writes about Dick Cheney's visit to Ukraine: “Undoubtedly, the outgoing Bush administration wants to send a welcome message to Kyiv. But given the lame-duck status of both Cheney and...

Puerto Rico: Daddy Yankee Endorses John McCain

Puerto Rico is in the spotlight due to a recent endorsement by recording artist Daddy Yankee. Even though he is not as well known on the island, than in other...

Bahrain: Traveller's tales

Bahraini blogger Cradle of Humanity, who studied in the UK, describes a recent visit to London, and the intensity of her feeling for Britain when there: ‘I’ve always been a...

Angola: Chatam House pre-election assessment

Koluki writes about the Chatham House's pre-election assessment, which examines the run-up to elections in Angola.

Saudi Arabia: Finding strength and empowerment in religion

While it is often argued that religion is used to oppress women, there are many women who gain a sense of empowerment from their faith. In this post, we hear...

Bahrain: A friend in need…

Bahraini blogger Icon explains why she has chosen to help her ex-boyfriend's girlfriend who is pregnant.

Angola: Elections underway

No Longer at Ease on elections in Angola: “Parliamentary election is underway in Angola, the first in sixteen years. The governing party is expected to win, and international observers from...

Bahrain: Gratitude to a teacher

In Bahrain, a blogger who calls herself Dedicated To Him pays tribute to her teacher: ‘It’s rare when an English teacher…becomes you becomes your friend, your mother, & your sister…...

Dominica: Domestic Violence

“Come on guys we are better than this – lets love and respect our queens”: Chris at Dominica Weekly sends a message to women beaters.

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