Stories from 2 November 2009
A selection of travel posts – Belgraded: travel from Belgrade to Sarajevo by train for the first time in 17 years, ‘Red Star’ stadium possibly to be renamed ‘Gazprom Arena’, the Avala TV Tower rebuilt; Croatia-Expert.com: travel to Trogir; MoldovAnn: Ukrainian village museums; The Czech Daily Word: industrial architecture and...
Window on Eurasia and Russia Blog write that it now looks like the 2010 census in Russia is not going to be delayed to 2013.
Updates on the flu situation in Ukraine – at What's Up, Ukraine?, MoldovAnn, Greetings from Kyiv and Scenes from the Sidewalk.
Oleg Kozlovsky writes about this past Saturday's opposition rally in Moscow: “I was arrested while trying to tweet what I saw. Apparently, one of the officers recognized me. Along with some 20 more people in the bus I was taken to a police station where we were charged with… lighting...
Another open letter to Noam Chomsky and Amnesty International – at Americans For Bosnia, Greater Surbiton, and Srebrenica Genocide Blog.
A Nevada Yankee in King Zog's Court links to the “blog/diary of Mykel's Italian-Albanian trip.”
IZO writes: “Sales of pumpkins are up in the Moscow markets (KP, in Russian). But in general, Russians are not interested in Halloween (Interfax). That is prob because Russian women are allowed to dress sexy all the time.”
On the one-year anniversary of the arrest of controversial Iranian blogger Hossein Derakshan, his compatriots launch a campaign to keep the issue of his detention alive.
Members of the UCPN (Maoist) and their supporters have started protests in Nepal to fulfill their demands including establishment of a Maoist led government and integration of the Maoist Army into the Nepal Army. Neil’s Nepal reports along with pictures on the lockdown of government offices in Kathmandu, torch rally,...
“Kathmandu is officially dead,” declares Blogdai out of frustrations due to the increasing problems in the capital of Nepal. Read the post for details.
“Everyone is a historian here, everyone is preoccupied arguing who Vilnius belonged to in the past, whose it should be now, and whether true Lithuanians were of Slavic or Baltic origin. It almost seems as if Lithuanian modernity was nonexistent,” writes Andrei Khrapavitski about online and offline debates in Lithuania....
My Marrakesh visits the Kashmir region in India and shares the tale of a Pashmina embroider along with pictures.
“Young protesters whom I met in Belarus in recent years, account for more days spent in jail between them, than for the number of years they have lived,” writes Yuri Zarakhovich at Jamestown Foundation Blog.
Habib Siddiqui discusses some practical solutions to minimize traffic jams in the mega-city Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
A new sarcastic news website has been launched in Egypt. El Koshary, dubbed as Egypt's most reliable news service, has been welcomed by bloggers.
Syrian blogger Marcell provided links [Ar], in her blog, to a number of studies and books that discuss blogging in Syria and the Arab countries in general.
“Although public discourse in Jamaica might lead you to believe that at the root of the country's problems are the ‘irresponsible’ lyrics emanating from its dancehalls, reality suggests otherwise”: Annie Paul delves into “the case of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, wanted by the Americans for a number of drug-related crimes. Their...
More discussion on the death penalty from KnowTnT.com, here and here.
Following a Kaieteur News report on the alleged torture of a 14-year-old boy by members of the Guyana police force, bloggers in Guyana and elsewhere in the Caribbean express shock and outrage.
“Even as we speak – the West Indies Cricket Board is planning its next step in the destruction of West Indies cricket”: From Barbados, B.C. Pires weighs in on the debate over who should lead the Windies cricket team.