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22 September 2008

Stories from 22 September 2008

Ukraine: Critique of a Text on NATO Membership

The 8th Circle posts a detailed critique of Jeffrey Tayler’s piece in The Atlantic: “[…] in the process of attempting to make the case against Ukraine’s membership in NATO, Tayler...

Kuwait: I never wear things made in China

Twenty Three and Enjoying Life, from Kuwait, is surprised at the number of groups popping up on Facebook. The latest she encounters says: I never wear things made in China.

Kuwait: Animals are not Toys

From Kuwait, Madred's Weblog sheds light on animal rights. “A number of people these days view animals as nothing but toys, an object for entertainment so that their children can...

Japan: Too many ads in Hatena Keywords

User id:ryocotan complains that the keyword page at Hatena, Japan's largest social bookmarking service, has too many advertisements [ja], demonstrating this problem with a diagram for the keyword “violin” (バイオリン...

Iraq: Look at the World – Where is peace?

Today a mixed bag of posts. A meeting of old friends, a little politics, a coin of excellence, a dose of female geekery and, if you read to the end,...

Ukraine: MTV and Domestic Violence

Natalia Antonova links to her piece on GlobalComment about “MTV Ukraine and the normalization of domestic violence.” LJ user maryxmas has translated Antonova's text into Ukrainian; a Russian translation is...

Ukraine: Battle for Crimean minds

Kyiv Scoop discusses how pupils and people in Crimea are influenced to love Russia and loath Ukraine.

Ukraine: Overcoming political stalemate?

Foreign Notes posts a translation of an article by Party of Regions’ (PoR) Andriy Kluyev, calling for renewed efforts in forming a solid and long-term Ukrainian government – presumably a...

Russia-Georgia: Reports on military and civilian death tolls

Wu Wei comments on and links to reports on Georgian military and civilian death tolls in the recent Russo-Georgian war. She also posts an interesting overview of demographic developments in...

Baltic States: Unity project for next generation of Balts

Lituanica reports from a Baltic youth conference, where visions of bringing Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania closer together stood out as the vision of a young Baltic generation.

Egypt: Kidnapped Tourists

A group of 15 foreign tourists, including five Italians, were kidnapped on Monday in southern Egypt. Egyptian bloggers react.

India: Help Bihar flood victims

To Revolutionize India informs of an innovative site to help the flood victims of Bihar, India. You just have to answer simple questions, and the sponsors will pay to the...

Estonia: Top-ranking official in spy scandal

Osteuropablog comments on [GER] an article in Estonian newspaper Postimees of spy charges brought against a top-ranking official in the Ministry of Defence.

Russia: Ingushetian president accused of journalist murder

Finnish-Russian Civic Forum posts a translation of an article from, where the news site accuses the president of Ingushetiya for ordering the murder of its owner.

India, Nepal: Kosi Rivers fury

Tritiopokhkho discusses how the Koshi river, which flows from the Himalayan ranges of Nepal and flows into the plains of Northern Bihar of India, has caused massive floods in vast...

Estonia: Calls for change for unfamiliarity with continuity

Itching for Eestimaa discusses how a growing number of Estonians call for a government change for the mere reason that they are unaccustomed to having cabinets in power for more...

Pakistan: Rallying for Chavez

Pak Tea House reports that the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is gaining support in Pakistan for his stance against the USA.

Belarus: Elections without political life

LJ user junkie beatnik comments on [RUS] the absence of political life in Belarus, where neither opposition nor government seem to comment on politics with only a week left until...

Belarus: Youth activists in strange accident

LJ user toshirskij directs attention to [RUS] a Charta 97 article reporting on an opposition youth activist from the Young Front in a freak car accident. Returning from a meeting...

Belarus: Making it in the sausage competition

LJ user luchecon received a phone call [RUS] from his worried grandmother, that Belarus is cutting down the meat content in its sausage production, because it cannot meet the price...

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