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24 June 2009

Stories from 24 June 2009

Ukraine: MP Viktor Lozynsky's Case

Ukrainiana writes about Viktor Lozynsky, a Ukrainian MP who has recently been involved in the brutal shooting of a 53-year-old unemployed man.

Ukraine: “Where Life Lives You”

An expat's musings on life in Ukraine – at Greetings from Kyiv.

Czech Republic: No Olympics in Prague

Due to the economic crisis, Prague has abandoned plans to host the 2016 Olympics, CzechFolks.com reports.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: “Moving Buildings”

In one Bosnian town, a mosque was destroyed during the war in 1992, and a church was later built on the spot where the mosque used to be; soon, however,...

Russia: Kamchatka Volcanoes Online

Profy reports that soon it will be possible to follow Kamchatka volcanoes’ eruptions online.

Qatar: Media Freedom Centre Head Resignation Mourned and Celebrated

After a tumultuous eight months as director-general of the nascent Doha Centre for Media Freedom, Robert Ménard announces his resignation. The centre, which will also lose three department heads, will...

Azerbaijan: A modest Scary Azeri in print

Scary Azeri in Suburbs informs its readers that a Baku-based English-language magazine has featured the blog in a two-page article. The magazine might not be Harpers, the blogger says, but...

Bahrain: The Word Is Out

Bahraini blogger Mohammed AlMaskati comments on how easy it is to get the ‘real’ news about Bahrain today, from outside the country at least: “A simple search for the word...

Togo Abolishes Death Penalty

Togo's National Assembly voted on Tuesday to end the death penalty for all crimes, making it the 15th member of the African Union to abolish capital punishment.

Dominican Republic: Against the Cement Factory in Los Haitises

Dominicans have been protesting against the proposed construction of a cement factory in the protected area of Los Haitises National Park. Citing the rich biodiversity in this ecosystem, many feel...

Iran: Riots police attacked protesters

Lettersoftheliv tweeted that “witnesses say protesters and riot police are clashing in the streets around Iran's parliament in Tehran.”

Palestine: Fighting For Their Land In The Canadian Courts

Joy in Palestine reports that the West Bank village of Bil’in is taking two Quebec-based corporations to court on charges that they are committing war crimes.

USA: Celebrating Tel Aviv's 100th in New York

New Yorkers may have been shocked to encounter a beach party, and accompanying artificial beach, in the midst of Central Park this weekend. The event, organized by the Tel Aviv/Jaffa...

Israel: Best iPhone Applications for Hebrew Speakers

JobShuk brings you “Top 10 iPhone Apps for Israel.” Their features include low cost ways to stay in touch with friends and families abroad, a Hebrew/English dictionary, a downloadable Hebrew...

Israel: 7th Most Internet Connected Country in World

Israel is the world's 7th most internet connected society, reports Lirun of East Med Sea Peace. “It means many things,” he writes: “Freedom of information, freedom of expression, freedom of...

Israel: Bedouin Village Relies on Green Energy

The Bedouin village of Darajat is gaining acclaim for its focus on clean energy. The Green Prophet reports: “Most residents have solar water heaters and electric systems, the school is...

Israel: Music Videos Unite Jewish & Arab Youth

Windows for Peace, a nonprofit based in Tel Aviv, Israel, is waging practical solutions for peace. This summer, Jewish and Arab Israeli teens will unite to create short music videos...

Israel: Obama's Ratings Plummet in Jewish World

OneJerusalem.com and Jewlicious observe that American President Barack Obama's popularity ratings in the Jewish world have taken a significant dive since his Cairo speech and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's...

Israel: Predicting Iran's Future

Israeli comic strip artist Yaakov Kirschen critiques the world's most unstable element: “Iranium.”

Israel: Summer in Jerusalem

Summer in Jerusalem is best enjoyed from a bird's eye view, says the Jerusalem Gypsy blogger. “I… like rooftop anythings in Jerusalem. The air is cool at night and there...

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