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24 September 2008

Stories from 24 September 2008

Russia: Trezvost'/Sobriety

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Saudi Arabia: Compound life

Stranger in this Dunya explains what life on a compound in Saudi Arabia is like.

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