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3 December 2008

Stories from 3 December 2008

Russia: “Renat+Ainara=Love”

Russian bloggers discuss Moscow's changing ethnic composition.

Guatemala: Stricter Gun Laws and Narcotrafficking Groups

Luis Figueroa of Carpe Diem [es] writes about recent shootouts between narcotrafficking group sin Huehuetenango, Guatemala. He also looks at some of the arguments for more stricter gun control laws,...

Croatia: Threats to Journalist Drago Hedl

From the Frontline writes about the “testing times for Croatian journalists”: “In October Ivo Pukanić, the editor of the Nacional Magazine, and a colleague were both killed in a car...

Hungary: Catching Up

Hungarian Spectrum writes about “Hungary's place in Eastern Europe.”

Belarus: Tanya Kazyra Returns Home

Tanya Kazyra, a participant in a summer program for children from Belarus’ Chernobyl-affected areas, has finally returned home, and now there is some hope that the governmental ban on travel...

Poland, U.K.: “Do you have a return PLan?”

the POLSKI blog writes that “the Polish government has launched a special site, where Poles living in the UK can get advice regarding moving their lives back to Poland.”

Lithuania: Election Results

Lituanica writes about the parliamentary election results and re-posts a letter to the editors of the German Times regarding the publication's election coverage.

Estonia: Pärnu

Itching for Eestimaa writes about a trip to Pärnu – “pop. 44,000, is the fifth largest city in Estonia, located on the country's southwest coast. It's also the ‘summer capital’...

Estonia: Online Voting for Tallinn's Theater vs Cultural Center

Cafebabel – Tallinn writes about Tallinn government's initiative of an online vote on “whether the new city theatre’s building or the new cultural centre Kultuurikatel should be built before the...

Sweden: Immigration

Certain Ideas of Europe writes: “Not all of those Polish plumbers leaving Britain and Ireland as the economies slow are necessarily going straight home. Sweden has seen immigration surge to...

Poland, Ukraine: Euro 2012

The 8th Circle notes that Euro 2012 will be moved elsewhere if the stadiums in Kyiv and Warsaw are not built in time.

Slovenia: Business News

Slovenian business news – at Sleeping With Pengovsky.

World Disability Day in South Asia

December 1st is observed around the world as AIDS Day and the occasion is largely publicized. Unlike the attention World AIDS Day receives, World Disability Day barely registers on the...

Cuba: government opposes bloggers meet-up

Cuban blogger (and 2008 Best of Blogs winner) Yoani Sanchez of Generación Y reports [ES] on her meeting with two interior ministry officials, after she was summoned to a police...

Namibia: A case study of a successful country

Toivo Asheeke of African Development/Unity writes about his home country of Namibia, as an example of a successful African nation.

French Guiana: The Unheard Blackout

For more than a week now, French Guiana has been in turmoil. The population is protesting against the skyrocketing price of gas by blocking roads, closing schools, and businesses. The...

India: Twitter vs. MSM

Dina Mehta discusses Twitter's role during the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and explains that it complemented the efforts of the mainstream media.

Pakistan: Let Commonsense and Intelligence Prevail

Shaheryar Azhar at Pak Tea House writes on the growing tension between India and Pakistan after the terror attacks in Mumbai: “In steadfastly refusing to allow a healthy debate from...

Sri Lanka: State of the Blogosphere

Cerno reviews the state of the Sri Lankan blogosphere in 2008 and comments: “The Sri Lankan blogosphere seems to have lost its feel of a political battle ground. On the...

Egypt: American Books

Egyptian blogger Asmaa Yasser - Dawn - writes here about her experience at the Mubarak Public Library. Tarek Amr translates the post from Arabic.

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