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27 July 2009

Stories from 27 July 2009

The Balkans: Language Issue

Gray Falcon writes about the language issue in the former Yugoslavia – here and here.

Europe: “When East Becomes West”

Raf Uzar is wondering whether “the definition of Western Europe [is] the same now as it was in 1945.”

Poland: Forests

Polandian writes about Poland's forests.

Czech Republic: New Mosque in Brno?

The Czech Daily Word reports that “Christian Democrats oppose plans to build a new mosque in Brno.”

Europe: “EU Terminology for Dummies”

“EU Terminology for Dummies” – at Kosmopolito.

The Balkans: EU Visa-Free Travel Controversy

AriRusila of Blogactiv.eu‘s BalkanPerspective writes that the EU's intention to introduce visa-free travel for some Balkan entities but not others is dividing the region.

Russia: Mourning Natalya Estemirova

A Step At A Time translates LJ user kutuzov‘s comment “on the political background to Natalya Estemirova’s murder” and links to Prague Watchdog's photo report on “the vigil-cum-rally that was...

Czech Republic: Significant Czech Woman Abroad Award

CzechFolks.com writes about the 2009 winners of the award for Significant Czech Woman Abroad.

Russia: Notes From Samara

Sergei Khazov's Notes from Samara – at OpenDemocracy.net.

Russia: Stalin

Sean's Russia Blog writes about “the protest against Stalin haters worldwide,” launched by some of Russia's communists.

Ukraine: MP's Son Killed in Car Crash

Ukrainiana comments on the death of another MP's son, caused by reckless driving: “Had he killed somebody else with his car, he would’ve most likely gotten away with it.”

Peru: The “Sport” of Dog Poisoning

Barbara Drake, an ex-pat from the United States, who writes at the blog An American in Lima posts about the risks a dog faces by simply the fact of living...

Syria: How to Make Mutabal

Kano, of Syrian Foodie in London, shares with us the recipe of how to make Mutabal – an appetizer made of grilled aubergine, tahini and yogurt, and found “on every...

Syria: Bits of US-imposed Sanctions Lifted

At KABOBfest, Jillian discusses the US lifting of “two bits of its sanctions on Syria.” “The lifting of the IT ban seems, to me, to be low-hanging fruit, the simplest...

Morocco: Looking for Food in Fez

Moroccan blog The View from Fez catches up with Gail Leonard whose culinary adventure in the medina (city) leaves you hungry.

Lebanon: Saudi Spills Beans on Show

A Lebanese television show is in danger of being taken off the air “after a Saudi man participated in the show and spilled out all his romantic escapades, which are...

Syria: Computer and Internet Sanctions Lifted

“The US is removing some of its sanctions on Syria, just months after the embargo was controversially renewed. Syria’s Ambassador to Washington, Imad Moustapha, says the block on computer equipment...

Morocco: Summer Flower

From Morocco, Hassi Milli posts those photographs which he captions as “Summer Flower.”

Israel: Interesting Talk on Sovereignty

Muse and her husband, from Israel, attended a day at the Knesset and shares her impressions as well as photographs she took in this post. “We attended a very interesting...

Mexico: The Subway Economy

Lesley Téllez of the Mija Chronicles [es] takes a look at the “subway economy” and those vendors who ride the trains with the hope of selling products to passengers.

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