21 October 2008

Stories from 21 October 2008

Poland: Notes on the Countryside, Politics, Etc.

  21 October 2008

Sylwia Presley writes about her parents’ village in Poland and ‘golden Polish fall’, among other things: “There is a sense of magic in the fact that Poles do not clear the paths from leaves – it makes the parks look like a golden carpet at this time of the year.”

The Balkans: Roma Mass Graves Discovered

  21 October 2008

Romano Them re-posts a Reuters piece on the discovery of two mass graves containing the bodies of murdered Roma in Bosanski Dubočac, Bosnia & Herzegovina: “The order for the killings was issued by a number of Croatian Army generals, including Ante Prkačin, claims Nijaz Čaušević Medo, a former high ranking...

Russia, Ukraine: Financial Crisis

  21 October 2008

IZO cites a post by LJ.Rossia.org user mrparker (RUS) about a somewhat panicky mistranslation of a Reuters news item on the financial situation by a Russian news agency. Also, a few notes on the banks, real estate and contemporary art in Ukraine.

Environment: Meetup of Green Bloggers in Capetown South Africa

  21 October 2008

On October 11th 2008, Global Voices Environment, Carbon Smart and Urban Sprout organized a meetup for environment bloggers in Capetown South Africa. What follows is a rundown of what was discussed. Blogging about the environment is a multi-faceted endeavor, because it is such a broad topic. This was reflected in...

Croatia: Cyber Squatting and Rijeka.com

  21 October 2008

Hudin writes about “cyber squatting” on city and country names – and about what seems like a rare exception to the rule: rijeka.com, a photo gallery page for Rijeka, “Croatia's most northern coastal city east of the Istrian Peninsula.”

China: Microsoft vs. netizens

  21 October 2008

A hard battle is looming. Microsoft vs. millions of piracy users, international corporation vs. developing state, who will win the final victory?

Indonesia: Medical tourism

  21 October 2008

Indonesia is building world-class health facilities. It seems to be targeting the dollar-earning medical tourism industry.

Thai and Taiwanese protesters

  21 October 2008

Christian Schafferer compares the tactics, practices and ideologies of Thai and Taiwanese protesters. Check also the interesting pictures inside the protest camps in Bangkok.

Bolivia: Pro-Government March Arrives to La Paz

  21 October 2008

Tens of thousands of peasants, miners, coca-growers, and other supporters of the government of Evo Morales arrived in La Paz on Monday. What had originally started as a march to apply pressure to the Bolivian Congress to pass a law calling for a Referendum to approve the draft Constitution ended as a celebration when the lawmakers reached a compromise, and seemingly pacified the country after several volatile months.

Pakistan, India: Old trade route opened

  21 October 2008

CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan reports with backgrounds: “Today, India and Pakistan between their respective parts of Kashmir, reopening an old trade route across the Line of Control [LoC] for the first time in sixty years.”

India: Fail Camp

  21 October 2008

After successful Bar Camps an innovative “Fail Camp” is being organized in India, reports Kiruba Shankar. FailCamp is a friendly unconference where people get-together to share and learn from failures.

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