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November, 2008

Stories from November, 2008

Ukraine: Ruthenians

Some background and a translation of an Izvestiya piece on Ukraine's Ruthenians – at Robert Amsterdam's blog.

Ukraine: Taras Kuzio on Yushchenko

Taras Kuzio analyzes “the achievements and failures and unfulfilled expectations of the last four years” in Ukraine – here and here, and also writes that president Yushchenko “had over-focused on...

Czech Republic, USA: “Growing Up ‘Cesky'”

An interview with a Czech-American woman on her experiences of growing up “in the midst of the 2 cultures (Czech and American)” and other issues – at Czechmatediary, in four...

Belarus: The Identity Debate

Andrei Khrapavitski writes about the ongoing public debate on “Belarusian identity.”

Russia, Ukraine: Party News

The Ivanov Report writes about last week's 10th Congress of the ruling United Russia party: “The victors have suddenly realized that as the ‘leading political force of the country’, it's...

Russia: Yevgeny Kolesov and Politkovskaya Trial

Robert Coalson of RFE/RL's The Power Vertical writes about “the open-again, closed-again, open-again trial of three men allegedly involved in the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya” and the role...

Macedonia: “The First (!?) Macedonian Webcomics”

Filip Stojanovski of Razvigor :-) reports that “[a]t last an independent Macedonian artist has started publishing a genuine webcomics [MKD].”

Hungary, Czech Republic: Romaphobia

The Hungarian Spectrum reports on the murder of a 14-year-old girl in a Hungarian village, which led to an anti-Roma rally. The Reference Frame is unhappy with Al Jazeera's story...

The Baltics, India: “The Dangers of Turning a Minority into an Underclass”

Lithuania-based Andrei Khrapavitski of Belarusan American Blog reflects on the events in Mumbai and suggests there might be a “lesson for the Baltics” there: “I know any status comparisons of...

Croatia: Creator of Anti-PM Facebook Group Arrested

Svetlana Gladkova reports on Profy on the arrest (and the subsequent release) of a Croatian man who created a Facebook group (HRV) “I bet I will find 5,000 people who...

Armenia: World AIDS Day & the Armenicum Fiasco

Armenia: Higher Education & Sciences prepares its readers for the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day and highlights the situation with HIV infection in the country. The blog also notes...

Tunisia: Facebook Case Thrown Out of Court

A Tunisian court threw out a case against the censorship facing Facebook, brought about by blogger and journalist Ziad El Heni against the Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI).

Mexico: High Service Fees for Radiohead Tickets

In Mexico, there are complaints regarding the high Ticketmaster service fees tacked on to the price of Radiohead tickets for the concerts to be held in Mexico City in March...

Costa Rica: Electronic Waste Pick-Up

The Q-dra project is launching a campaign to collect electronic waste, such as old computers and televisions in San José, Costa Rica writes Bloqueverde [es].

Pakistan: Blame Game On Mumbai Terror – The Blogosphere Speaks

Recent terror attacks in Mumbai have seriously disturbed and complicated the on-going peace dialogues between India and Pakistan. Where Indian officials are not hesitating to point fingers to Pakistan, the...

Iran: Do not Execute Farzad Kamangar

Several human rights activists and bloggers warned that Farzad Kamangar, a teacher and trade unionist may be executed in the near future in Iran. Farzad Kamangar, who is from Kurdistan...

Mozambique: Different views of condom use in Africa

In a country which struggles to combat AIDS, twenty million condoms are distributed every year. Considering that at least 4 million Mozambican men are sexually active from a population of...

Jordan: Amman's November Fuel Crisis

When Jordan's government proposed adjusting fuel prices according to the rise and fall in the international markets on a weekly basis, gas station owners protested and for a period of...

Armenia: Chess, Karabakh and Turkish Relations

West of Igdir comments on the latest developments in Armenia including a second victory for the country in the International Chess Olympiad, speculation over negotiations to resolve the conflict between...

India: Kashmir and Mumbai

India’s largest city and economic hub are now target practice grounds; much similar to Kashmir. “We’ve all been watching TV till our eyeballs were emanating radioactive glow,” pings a friend...

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