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19 July 2009

Stories from 19 July 2009

Ukraine: Nato membership in question

Ukrainiana strongly reacts against voices in both Ukraine and the West saying no to the country becoming a member of Nato.

Russia: Retreat of the Cold Warriors

Gerhard Mangott discusses [GER] the recent letter by Central and East European leaders, warning the US of the consequences of a withdrawal from the region.

Armenia: Vardavar

Ianyan marks the much-loved Armenian holiday of Vardavar. The blog examines the roots of a tradition which usually revolves around children dousing complete strangers with buckets of water.

Russia: Medvedev Murder Mystery

Anna Politkovskaya... The mere name evokes images of Moscow's worst public relations nightmare in years - an ongoing ordeal for Russia's international reputation in the realm of rule of law....

Dominican Republic: Wikiproject to Create Content

Leon Taveras has been organizing a Wikiproject via Twitter to help create and improve upon the Wikipedia content relating to the Dominican Republic.

Morocco: Electoral Boycott Campaigners Acquitted

Ibn Kafka reports [Fr] on the acquittal of seven Moroccan pro-democratic activists. He recalls the circumstances and the legal basis upon which the defendants were sued in the aftermath of...

Honduras: 7 Point Document Allows for Zelaya Return

Aaron Ortiz of Pensieve [es] writes about the seven-point document written by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who is acting as a mediator in the Honduras crisis. The terms do...

China: Rio Tinto's trouble – commerical bribery or espionage?

According to China Daily, the official newspaper in China, Rio Tinto has virtually bribed the entire management of the steel industry in the country. More than a week ago, four...

India: The Moment of Truth, now in Hindi

Youth Curry watches ‘Sach ka Saamna’, the Indianised version of the American game show The Moment of Truth and realises that we are constantly hiding things, not only from others...

Mauritania: Election Fraud?

Yesterday, 11 months after a military coup d'état led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Mauritania has elected the General to the presidency, resulting in Abdel Aziz's main challengers denouncing...

Russia: Grozny photographies

LJ user pumchik posts pictures with comments [RUS] from the new Grozny, rebuilt after the second Checnyan war.

Dominican Republic: The Financial Cost of Undocumented Haitian Immigrants

Ever since the Dominican Republic declared independence from Haiti in 1844, the fates of the two have been intertwined. Since economic development in Haiti is low in comparison, approximately 1...

Nepal: Incentivising widow re-marriage

In the budget for fiscal year 2009-10, the newly elected government in Nepal has proposed an incentive scheme whereby USD625 would be awarded to any groom who married a widow....

Russia: Did Kadyrov kill Estemirova?

Reactions to the murder of Russian Human Rights’ avtivist, Natalya Estemirova, of Memorial have been frequent in recent days. Sean's Russia Blog discusses accusations against Chechen president Kadyrov of being...

Kuwait: Swine Flu and Health Officials

From Kuwait, Dilli O Milli [ar] is surprised with the way officials are dealing with announcements related to H1N1 or Swine Flu. “We are handing our lives to people who...

Syria: Sexual Misconceptions

Syrian blogger Marcelllita [ar] blogs about sexual complexes young people in this part of the world suffer from, such as misconceptions and wrong information.

Palestine: Egypt and Israel and Humanitarian Aid

Writing on Arab-American joint blog Kabobfest, Will notes his disgust with Egypt's stalling of humanitarian aid entering Gaza. “Though we have seen Egypt’s role as essentially Israel’s sidekick before, the...

Bahrain: Swine Flu Awareness

Bahraini blogger Khalid [ar] blames Bahraini health authorities for not handling the H1N1 or Swine flu virus properly and creating public awareness about the disease. He goes on to provide...

Egypt: 77 Egyptian Prisoners in Israeli Jails

On Twitter, Egyptian blogger Noha Atef [ar] notes: “I didn't know that there were 77 Egyptian prisoners in Israeli jails!! 41 of them are held on criminal charges, meaning smuggling...

Bahrain: No to Eating Corn in Shop

On Twitpic, Bahraini Twitter user Hussein Nasser posts a photograph of a sign posted in a boutique which reads: “You are not allowed to eat sweet corn inside the shop.”

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