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4 July 2010

Stories from 4 July 2010

Ukraine: Crimean Tatar Heritage

Linda Norris of The Uncataloged Museum writes about her first encounter with the Crimean Tatars and their culture.

Azerbaijan: Clinton meets bloggers

In Mutatione Fortitudo comments on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's meeting with youth activists and bloggers in the oil-rich authoritarian country. Although reportedly raising the issue of imprisoned video...

Bosnia & Herzegovina: 18th Anniversary of the Bikavac Fire

Café Turko writes about last Sunday's commemoration of “the 18th anniversary of the Bikavac fire, in the town of Visegrad in Eastern Bosnia”: “On the night of 27 June 1992,...

Russia: Moscow's “Celebrity” Cemeteries

Dina Fainberg of The Dustbin of History posts photos and writes about Moscow's cemeteries “designated specifically for cultural and scientific elite and former leaders.”

Ukraine: Ceramics Festival and Farmers’ Market in Opishne

At The Uncataloged Museum, Linda Norris posts photos and writes about her visit to the National Museum of Ceramics in the village of Opishne in the Poltava region, and at...

Belarus, Ukraine: Chernobyl Evacuations, Exclusion Zone

Chernobyl and Eastern Europe writes about the Polesie State Radiation Ecological Reserve in Belarus, and cites Soviet-time evacuation documents, listing numbers of people who were evacuated from the areas close...

Belarus: Conscientous Objectors Demand Introduction of Alternative Service

The story of Belarusian conscientious objectors to compulsory military service and their struggle for introduction of alternative civilian service – at BelarusDigest.

Russia, Czech Republic: ‘Prague Watchdog’ Closing

A Step At A Time reports that “Prague Watchdog, the Prague-based North Caucasus human rights NGO and monitoring service, is closing down after 10 years of operation.”

Serbia: Expedition 206 in Belgrade

Reports on meeting, greeting and hanging out with the three members of Expedition 206 in Belgrade – at Belgraded and Life in Retro(bel)grade (here and here).

Ukraine: Greeting Hillary Topless

Ukrainiana posts photos and video of FEMEN's topless appeal to Hillary Clinton, who visited Kyiv last week: “Hillary, help! Hillary, help! No strong woman, no free country!”

Russia: RT's “Peculiar” Russian Lessons

Global Chaos writes about RT's “peculiar” way of teaching their audiences Russian.

Russia: Oil Spills

Grigory Pasko writes about oil spills in Russia at Robert Amsterdam's blog (a GV overview of oil spills around the world is here).

Russia, U.S.: More on the “Spy Ring” Story

More reactions to the “Russian spy ring” story (earlier posts are here and here): Craig Pirrong of Streetwise Professor – here and here; Julia Ioffe at True/Slant; Robert Coalson at...

Slovenia: LGBT Rights and Politics

Sleeping With Pengovsky writes about homophobia in Slovenia and its political dimension.

Russia: More on LGBT Rights

A Good Treaty writes more on the Russian opposition's stance on LGBT rights (the previous post is here), reacting to Oleg Kozlovsky's statement in response to Sublime Oblivion‘s question about...

Thailand: Alternative care for migrants

Brian Jungwiwattanaporn writes about how groups are adopting informal and alternative care for migrants in Thailand.

Guinea Bissau: Unfair Trading Promotes Poverty

A mini documentary titled Quem Paga? [Who Pays?, pt] featuring the production of cashew in Guinea Bissau – one of the five poorest countries in the world – unmasks the...

Nuclear energy for Brunei

Nuclear energy is being seriously considered in Brunei, an oil exporting country. The Daily Brunei Resources blogs about the prospect of adopting nuclear energy in Brunei

Brunei: World Cup-free country?

Brunei was listed in an MSN article as one of the World Cup-free countries. The Daily Brunei Resources writes that it is a wrong description of Brunei.

Myanmar: World Cup Reactions

Myanmar has caught up the 2010 World Cup fever. Electricity became stable in the capital, fans get to watch the games for free on state-owned TV channels, bars and tea...

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