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7 October 2009

Stories from 7 October 2009

Israel: Conscietious Objectors on World Tour

Israeli youth who conscientiously object to army service are on an international tour to raise awareness. Ibn Ezra reports: “They did not dwell on their personal stories. They are using their visit to educate people about the conflict, and the dispossession of the Palestinians. On this score they were eloquent...

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Armenia-Turkey: Protests against rapprochement

  7 October 2009

Days before the foreign ministers of Armenia and Turkey are due to sign two historic protocols likely to establish diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries, protests against the deal have materialized in the Diaspora. Bloggers comment on the possible rapprochement.

Georgia: The Blogosphere emerges

  7 October 2009

In the first of a regular series of postings, veteran Georgian blogger Dv0rsky introduces Global Voices Online readers to the local blogosphere and, with many workshops and forums planned or already held, prospects for its future development.

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Japan: The Buddha girls

  7 October 2009

They call them 'Buddha girls' (仏女 butsujo), Japanese ladies in their 30s or 40s passionate about visiting temples and admiring statues of Buddha and Bodhisattva.

US-Poland: Putting robots out of work

  7 October 2009

Eric Grover of Blogactiv.eu discusses US president Obama's decision to scrap the anti-missile defence system planned for deployment to Poland and the Czech Republic on the very day of the 70th anniversary of the 1939 Soviet attack of Poland at the outset of World War II.

Russia: Accelerating WTO accession?

  7 October 2009

Amanda Lahan of Crisis Crunch accounts for Russia resuming negotiations on membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which may still be hampered by plans for a customs’ union with Kazakhstan and Belarus, set to coincide with WTO-accession also of these countries.

Cuba: H1N1 & Hygiene

  7 October 2009

“The voice of the announcer calls on us to wash our hands often, use handkerchiefs when we sneeze and maintain good personal hygiene, but the reality forces us into filth”: Cuba's Generation Y worries about the H1N1 virus.

Turks & Caicos: Reactions

  7 October 2009

Repeating Islands features commentary “of international reaction to the British takeover of Turks and Caicos following the corruption scandal surrounding former Premier Michael Misick.”

Bahamas: On Borrowed Time?

  7 October 2009

Rick Lowe at Weblog Bahamas hopes he “misread the news article recently that quoted the Prime Minister…as saying his government was having to borrow $150 million a month to keep paying the country's bills.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Red Light

  7 October 2009

“We are a nation that takes too long to get anywhere and when we do get there we are met with No Parking signs, wreckers and gun-toting bandits who already have a sale for your car”: This Beach Called Life calls Trinidad and Tobago “the land of the Traffic Light.”

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