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18 January 2009

Stories from 18 January 2009

Russia: Ten Days At Sea Offshore Sakhalin

White Sun of the Desert writes about his ten days at sea on the Yuri Topchev, “a 100m long icebreaking supply vessel.”

Czech Republic: Relations With Israel and the EU

The Reference Frame writes about the Czech PM's stance on the situation in the Middle East: “The Czech politicians have clearly come under fire from the self-proclaimed exclusively politically correct...

Israel, Palestine: A Bosnian Refugee's View

Amila Bosnae is wondering if “a state of Palestine [will be] established somewhere in Europe or the USA in the near future.”

Czech Republic: EU Presidency

The Reference Frame writes about what to expect from the Czech EU presidency.

Ukraine: Ruthenians

Window on Eurasia writes about Transcarpathian Ruthenians of Ukraine, who are “calling on Moscow to recognize the independence of Subcarpathian Rus because Kyiv has ignored their demands for autonomy within...

Slovenia: “The Parliament Kitchen”

Sleeping With Pengovsky writes about a place that offers tasty and cheap meals but is inaccessible to most Slovenians: the parliament's canteen.

Croatia, Slovenia: Border Dispute and the EU

Sleeping With Pengovsky writes about “the Slovene-Croat diplomatic crash which happened shortly before new year, when Slovenia effectively blocked the continuation of Croatian EU accession negotiations” – here and here.

Madagascar: Massive Political Meeting as Tension Arises

Two bloggers report photos and proceedings of political meeting in Antananarivo as tension between mayor Andry Rajoelina and  current president Marc Ravalomanana arises over the closing of a national TV...

Greece: Outcry over arms shipment to Israel

With the war raging in Gaza, news reports earlier this month about the routing of an extraordinarily large shipment of arms from the United States to Israel through the private...

Taiwan: Concerns about future of popular TV program

Claudia Jean points out that there are concerns about the future of the the Talking Show, a popular Taiwanese TV current affairs program. She also writes about the KMT's conflict...

Israel: IDF Operating a Moral War in Gaza?

Bloggers have been defending the IDF which has been highly criticized for operating an unjust war in Gaza. Many choose to highlight facts which are not necessarily presented in mainstream...

Angola: An increase in domestic violence or only in awareness?

The rates of domestic violence in Angola have increased considerably but it is a good sign: by reporting more, Angolan women get a step closer to ending the abuse perpetrated...

Africa: Coworking Spaces for African Techies

African techies need community spaces, which will be “part coworking space and part business and idea incubator.”

Kenya: KenyaUnlimited's New Look

KenyaUnlimited, the home of Kenyan blogs and bloggers, has a new look.

Nigeria: Facebook Developers Garage for Nigerians

Loy calls for Facebook Developers Garage in Nigeria. He believes that the event will provide a forum for students and professional software developers in Nigeria.

Georgia: Beautiful Tbilisi

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines, the blog of an Azerbaijani political analyst based in Baku and Istanbul, pays its first visit to Tbilisi, capital of the Republic of Georgia. The...

Israel: Unilateral “Ceasefire” Goes Into and Out of Effect

Israel declared operation ‘Cast Lead' a success and announced that its security cabinet has voted in favor of a unilateral ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. Although the ceasefire has since...

Indonesia: Bloggers Vs mainstream media on Israel-Palestine issue

Global Voices author Martin Manurung analyzes the media coverage of the Palestine-Israel conflict in Indonesia. He notes that Indonesian bloggers seem to be more mature and informed than most of...

Thailand: Rohingya refugee story coverage

Bangkok Pundit provides a round up of the story about Rohingya refugees who were allegedly pushed out to sea by the Thai Navy. The story has been reported in detail...

Philippines: Helping flood victims through Plurk and blogs

Filipino bloggers have organized a feeding program for the benefit of flood victims in south Philippines. They announced their project through Plurk and other social networking sites.

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