Saturday, January 07, 2006

A year in blogging (part 1)

I know the first week of this new year is almost over, but 2005 was the first full year of this blog: time to take stock.

January: the year started with many in Asia trying to recover from the aftermath of the tsunami. It ended with the prospect of even more possibly dying, following the earthquake in Pakistan / India.
I spent quite a bit of time looking at the influential views of Noam Chomsky: a total of 6 posts on Chomsky and Vietnam (one, two, three, four, five, six). Right at the end of the year I returned to another subject of Chomsky's "classic":  Spain and its Civil War.
The first of a total of 10 posts on Israel and Palestine (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten).

In February, Rafik Hariri was murdered by a bomb in Beirut: a total of 12 posts on Lebanon and Syria (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve)

In March, Aslan Maskhadov, the former Chechen President, was assassinated by the Russian state. 7 posts on Chechnya (one, two, three, four, five - see forum, six, seven) and 2 posts on Russia (one, two).  
 Also, one on China.

By April, there was a new Pope: 8 posts on Catholicism and Poland (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight).
2 more on Eastern Europe and the Cold War (one, two).

On 13 May, news started coming through from Andijan. 19 posts on the massacre there and the continued repression in Uzbekistan (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen,  fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen). Also, one on Central Asia and the Caucasus in general and one mentioning Turkmenistan.
Further afield in Asia, 4 posts on Japan, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore,

We'd been talking about the EU constitution since October of the previous year, but on the 29th France rejected it: 16 posts on Europe (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen,  fifteen, sixteen).

On the 24th of June Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was elected President: 30 posts on Iran (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen,  fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, thirty).
3 posts on economics and finance (one, two, three). 

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