Stories from 24 September 2008
Russian Blog explains the usage of the Russian word trezvost’ (“sobriety”).
U.S.: Russian Woman's View of a U.S. Church
Russian History Blog translates a U.S.-based Russian woman's tirade about a local church she has to attend because she “[wants] to please [her] husband.”
Ukraine: A Letter to Russia by Milli Firqa Party Member
Window on Eurasia writes about media coverage and politicians’ reactions to a letter sent by one of the members of a small Crimean Tatar party to presidents of Russia and Tatarstan.
Russia: Sakhalin Salmon
White Sun of the Desert writes about “the Sakhalin salmon run” season: “This is a time when huge nets are slung across river-mouths to be lifted by crane and emptied by the ton into lorries, the operators of such activities having either paid huge sums of money for licenses to...
Poland, U.S.: Sikorski in Chicago
Impressions of a recent Chicago speech by Poland's foreign minister Radosław Sikorski – at The 8th Circle.
Albania: EU's Visa Regime Liberalisation
Albanian Blogger posts a note on the much-awaited liberalisation of the EU’s visa regime for Albanian citizens.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: “Setback in the Srebrenica Survivors’ Search for Justice”
Samaha posts a detailed update on the outcome of the case brought by Srebrenica survivors against the Dutch state.
Maldives: Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's candidacy challenged
Mohamed Rasheed discusses the issue of eligibility of Maldive's longest serving president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom as a candidate in the upcoming presidential elections.
Bangladesh: Images of nature
Desher Chobi posts some beautiful pictures shot in the Botanical Garden of Dhaka, Bangladesh as a part of the photowalk organized by Flickr group “Shudhui Bangla”.
Singapore: Editor found guilty of defamation
A Singapore court has ruled that the editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review defamed Singapore officials in a July 2006 article in the magazine. A blogger comments: “Singapore's government is at it again- using their pet judges in a legal system wholly geared to punish anyone who dares to...
Vietnam: Typhoon Hagupit
Ned in Hanoi bought emergency supplies to prepare for Typhoon Hagupit which already made some deadly impact on neighboring Asian countries
Myanmar: Veteran activist now out of jail
Veteran democracy activist Win Tin who was detained by Myanmar's junta since 1989 is now out of jail. Was he freed or evicted? Other prisoners were released as well.
India: Saying goodbye to TATA
DCBA comments on the issue of TATA being forced out of West Bengal in India: “This critical issue can only be solved by politicians with a commitment to India’s development and not by opportunist politicians who are just raising slogans to score quick cheap points.“
Pakistan: More perspectives of the Mariott Hotel blast
CHUP! (Changing Up Pakistan) posts more perspectives and eyewitness accounts of the Hotel Marriott bombing incident in Islamabad. It also informs of an initiative to help the victims.
China: Illegitimate Girl Deprived of the Right to Education
An illegitimate girl of primary-school age in Zhuhai, South China, was turned away by the local schools, because her mother is not able to afford the hefty fine for illegitimacy, according to sohu blogger Han Tao’s report.
India: Shocking apologist
I love life… so I explore is shocked to hear that the CEO of an Italy-based company in India was beaten to death by a group of dismissed employees. And more shocking to the blogger was the Union Labour Minister's statement “This should serve as a warning for the managements”.
Lusosphere: Saramago, 85 years, Nobel Laureate, Blogger
A week ago, the 1998 Nobel Prize winner for literature - the first and only Portuguese language writer - started his own blog: Saramago's Notebook, which he describes as his "infinite page on the Internet", has been welcomed by bloggers from many Portuguese speaking countries. But what does it take to become a blogger?
China: Infant Formula Scandal Highlights Decline in Breastfeeding
Health authorities in China reported this week that nearly 53,000 children have become sick after consuming tainted infant formula. As the effects of these contaminated dairy products become more widespread, many are discussing the alternative to formula — breastfeeding. The scandal erupted earlier this month when Sanlu, China's top-selling infant...
Palestine: Ramallah bling
In the West Bank, Alajnabiya describes shopping for her daughter's wedding: “The problem is that I like looking at this stuff, but I really want to buy it and hang it on the wall to look at, not wear!”
Saudi Arabia: Compound life
Stranger in this Dunya explains what life on a compound in Saudi Arabia is like.
Saudi Arabia: Part of the tribe
Saudiwoman explains the significance of belonging to a tribe in Saudi Arabia: “To urban families, being called Bedouin has connotations of being unrefined and unruly. And in Bedouin families, being called an urban essentially means sissy.”