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1 November 2008

Stories from 1 November 2008

Southeast Asia: The Power of the Pontianak

One of the most enduring legends of South East Asia is the Pontianak, said to be a bone-white lady, with ruby-red eyes, who is borne from her death in birth-giving....

Bangladesh: Right to Information Ordinance 2008

Tahmina Shafique analyzes the strength and loopholes of the recently drafted Right to Information Ordinance 2008 in Bangladesh and opines that it may require many years before the act can...

India: Media turning people neurotic

Sans Serif quotes Prof U.R. Anantha Murthy, a writer and thinker from Kannada, India and questions: “the Indian media’s role in whipping up ‘mass hysteria’ through its breathless coverage of...

Venezuela: The Launch of the Simón Bolívar Satellite

After three years in the making, the government of Venezuela placed the Simón Bolivar satellite into orbit, which will be used for telecommunications projects for the country and for Latin...

Cameroonian Bloggers Close-in on the US Presidential Elections

As the countdown to election day narrows, Cameroonian bloggers have also stepped up their postings on the issue. Dibussi Tande, who blogs at Scribbles from the Den is interviewed on...

Saudi Arabia: Appeal and Your Sentence is Doubled up!!

Saudi Arabia has sentenced Egyptian doctor Raouf Amin to seven years in prison and 1,500 lashes. What for? Nermeen Edrees brings us the story straight from his wife's mouth -...

Georgia: Tbilisi favors McCain

Cult of the Dead Fish says that Georgia's interest in a McCain victory in next week's U.S. presidential election is based on self-interest. The blog says that following the recent...

Armenia: Defense Spending

The Armenian Economist comments on the size of the Armenian military budget and notes that it pales into insignificance compared to that of Azerbaijan and Turkey, the country's traditional foes...

Armenia: Blogger Nominated

London-based Armenian blogger Mark Grigorian [RU] has been nominated for Reporters Without Borders’ award in this year's Deutsche Welle Best of Blogs (BoBs).

Nagorno Karabakh: Peace in Sight?

My The Caucasian Knot examines the prospects for a framework peace agreement ahead of tomorrow's meeting between the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents in Moscow. Although there is some optimism...

Armenia: Shootings

Unidiana [RU] posts an eyewitness account of a shooting in a back yard that left at least one dead. The blogger notes the inaction of the police despite the presence...

Philippines: McCain will win

Loy meets World from the Philippines believes US Senator John McCain will pull off the biggest upset in US presidential elections history.

Philippines: Dealing with office politics

My Daily Blog Diary from the Philippines writes about how to deal with office politics.

Brazilian myths and haunts in the Lusosphere – Part 3

To bring this series about Brazilian myths, legends and haunts as seen on the Lusosphere to a great close, we couldn't choose a better entity to speak about than Saci...

MV Doulos in East Timor

MV Doulos, the world’s oldest passenger ship and largest floating bookshop will visit East Timor next week.

Vietnam: Respect ‘bao ve’

‘Bao Ve’ in Vietnam refers to “motorbike security, parking staff, or even valets.” The Comical Hat reminds us to be kind to ‘Bao Ve’.

Singapore: Advice for expatriates

Lam Chun See from Singapore has a message for expatriates: “If you want to come to work and live in Singapore, you should adapt to our ways and not expect...

Ukraine: More on Political Chaos and the Economy

Moscow Rules praises Mykhaylo Petechuk's text on Ukraine's economic situation posted on Mmd Russia Blog. Petechuk writes: “But we are skeptical about the real impact the IMF can have on...

Russia: “RIP Muslim Magomayev, Soviet Superstar”

Foreign Policy Association's Russia blog pays tribute to Muslim Magomayev, “the original Soviet mega-star” who “was many things: a quintessential dandy who also happened to be a People’s Artist of...

Russia, U.S.: Election Coverage

Russia Blog writes that, in addition to writing regularly on McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden, “Russian mainstream media also give a fair amount of coverage to minor party American presidential candidates, who,...

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