Stories from 14 October 2008
Window on Eurasia writes about a new book that justifies ethnic deportations by Stalin.
Foreign Notes writes about political fighting that is likely to postpone the snap election in Ukraine: “Ukrainians like a lengthy New Year and Orthodox Christmas break. If the VR elections were to be switched to some time after this it would be late Spring before parliament would reconvene – about...
At Ukrainiana, lots of photos and video from a rally against the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which took place in Kyiv today: “As expected, I found myself in the Jurassic Park of communism, progressive socialism, pan-Slavism, Russian monarchism, imperialism, Eurasianism and whatnot.”
In a Blog Action Day post Lalit Patnaik at Inside Out highlights one social entrepreneur who is promoting sustainable technologies such as solar electrification to families below poverty line in rural India.
All things Pakistan writes about the daredevil electricians of Pakistan who risks their lives everyday to work on distribution and transmission lines.
From Israel, A Soldier's Mother has a surprise for her son when he returns home. Also click on the link to read more about why many religious Jewish families don't like to have animals in their homes.
American Bedu asks: “[I]f the Prophet (pbuh) were to return to Saudi Arabia for even just one week, what would he think of what he sees today of the people? I think if he were to return during Ramadan he would be pleased in some cases but saddened and appalled...
Writing at Mideast Youth, Iraqi Wameeth warns Iraqi Christians living in Mosul are in danger.
Marshmallow, from Iraq, draws our attention to the plight of Christian Iraqis in Mosul.
American Bedu explains how commercialism is making is way to Mecca, the holiest of Islamic sites, where residents are being forced out of their apartments and homes, to make room for accommodation for pilgrims at inflated rates.
Ali, from Jordan, reviews the UN resolutions passed against Israel in this post.
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia says that Just human, a popular blog from the UAE, has been blocked.
Kuwaiti doctor and blogger Isolated Serenity mourns the death of her grandmother – and shares with us some memories in this post.
Saudi Wanderer [Ar] complains about the fluctuating temperatures and his struggle with the air-conditioner – turn it on, and you feel cold; turn it off, and you sweat.
Siberian Light posts a Russia blog roundup for October, and also writes about Russia's bailout of Iceland now and a similar initiative undertaken by the Soviet Union over 50 years ago.
“Epitah is a famous successful dear blogress whose blog was hacked then it was blocked by Google,” writes Egyptian blogger Zeinobia.
Syrian blogger Omniya [Ar] has heard enough about people ordering her to cover up and that women are to blame for falling victims to sexual harassment. Now is her turn to launch a campaign calling for men to cover up and lower their gaze.
The European Union is ushering in the first phases of a new trade pact between regional territories and the 27 members of the EU. What's the big deal about a little trade agreement? Just the fact that the new rules change the fundamentals of how these two trade blocs relate. Some regional governments - like Guyana - are insisting that they will not sign the EPA as it stands. The problem is, there's a deadline involved. A few Guyanese bloggers have been speaking out...
Juan Arellano of Globalizado [es] is providing live blogging commentary at the We Media conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On the 9th of October, the day to celebrate the creation of the Korean writing system [Hangeul] returned. Since it was canceled as a national holiday, every year there has been a voice arguing that it should be made again as a national holiday, so that people can recognize the...
An article at Jan-Jan describes the situation of people who bought pre-paid cards [ja] to use at Kakimoto Sekiyu, a company in Aomori Prefecture that went bankrupt and closed its gasoline stands on the 6th of this month. Customers who bought pre-paid cards in advance, some for as much as...