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10 August 2009

Stories from 10 August 2009

The Balkans: “Greek Journalist Sued for Writings on Bosnia”

A Fistful of Euros and Greater Surbiton report on the case of Greek journalist Takis Michas: “A few years back, Michas wrote a book about the links between Greece and...

Moldova: Post-Election Politics

At OpenDemocracy.net, Louis O'Neill writes about the post-election politics in Moldova: “All Moldovans should be proud of what they have done with these elections. Let us hope they can be...

Russia: Life in Nizhny Novgorod

At OpenDemocracy.net, Lira Valeyeva writes about life and politics in Nizhny Novgorod.

Bulgaria: Georgi Yanev's Fight Against Corruption

Maya Markova reports on the case of architect Georgi Yanev, who “is well known in Bulgaria as practically the only ordinary citizen who tried to fight the massive corruption in...

Serbia, Russia: NIS and Gazprom

An update on Gazprom in Serbia – at A Fistful of Euros.

Russia: Moscow High-Rise on Fire

Photos of a fire at one of Moscow's newly-built high-rise apartment buildings last week – by LJ user drugoi (RUS).

Ukraine: Anti-Domestic Violence Ad Campaign

At GlobalComment, Natalia Antonova writes about a new anti-domestic violence ad campaign in Ukraine; some of the ads “feature famous Ukrainian boxer Alina Shaternikova with one black eye and a...

Bangladesh: Uncultured Project and Clean Water

The Uncultured Project helps out in Bangladesh with clean water and disaster relief, and has an advantageous position to compare two different portable water filtering methods.

Brazil: Bolivia expels Brazilian citizens

Evo Morales' government claims that recent expulsions of Brazilians from its territory is focused on matters of sovereignty, but some Brazilian bloggers suggest it is to settle government supporters in...

Bhutan: Cows As Garbage Collectors

Penstar posts pictures of the new volunteers, who are helping to dispose off the garbage from some overflowing dustbins of the Bhutanese capital.

Sri Lanka: Another Case Of Plagiarism

Nisadas comments on another recent case of publishing content of a blogger by a Sri Lankan newspaper without giving credit: “what I cannot understand is, why are the newspapers paying...

India, Pakistan: A Karachi Family In An Indian Mall

Mayank Austen Soofi at Paksitan Paindabad portrays the reactions and excitements of a visiting three member Karachi family, whom he met at the Metropolitan Mall in Gurgaon, near Delhi.

Egypt: Gamal Mubarak Intices Youth Involvement

In an attempt to win their support, Egyptian president's son Gamal Mubarak launched an open online forum, Sharek, where he promises to address all the questions posed by young internet...

Egypt: Five People I Wish to Meet

If you were given the choice of selecting five people you would like to meet in your lifetime, who would they be? Egyptian blogger Ahmed Shokeir blogs at Late Night...

Israel: Critical Means Self-Hating?

In Israel, Kristin says: “I’m so sick and tired of hearing this phrase “self-hating Jew”. I think that to be critical of one’s homeland is to be a true citizen:...

India: Premier Padmini

Anil P at Windy Skies features the Premier Padmini automobile which ruled the Indian roads for three decades and survived the demands Indian consumers placed on it.

China: The Dongying Mass Incident

ESWN translated a story from Chinapic about a massive criminal assault incident in Dongying County of Shandong province, which was caused by local government's intervention in the relocation of a...

Taiwan: Southern Taiwan devastated by typhoon Morakot

On Aug. 7, 2009, typhoon Morakot landed on Taiwan. The Central Weather Bureau urged residents in Northern Taiwan to be prepared for the heavy rain and strong wind brought by...

Mauritania Experiences First-Ever Suicide Bombing

Mauritania suffered its first-ever suicide bombing attack on Saturday, wounding one Mauritanian and two French citizens. Bloggers and Twitter users react to the incident.

Argentina: Proposal to Increase Taxes on Some Technology Products

The Argentine Congress gave their preliminary approval to raise taxes on some imported technological products. Many bloggers feel that this will make it harder for all segments of society to...

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