I brought up their blogging and several seemed to think it was a good idea. Since there is no internet access at the law school and none of them have the internet at home, I'll have to run the blog but I don't plan to write much, if anything, there. Since the point of my being there is to help them with English, I'm encouraging them to write in English if possible. But I'd much prefer that they write in Russian than write nothing at all. I'm hoping that we'll be ready to start in the next 2 or 3 weeks.
I asked them about the Muhammad cartoons. One of the students most vehemently against them was one of the Russian students. They all thought the cartoons should not have been published. They generally seemed to agree that violence wasn't the way to go. Certainly none of them had been involved in any kind of violent protests. But they did seem to think the cartoons were the worse part of the mess, not the violence. And I think that's where the real difference was between our two perspectives. If we hadn't wanted these violent protests, the cartoons should have not been allowed to be published.
It was good to be back with the students again. They are very interesting to talk to. I hope some of them decide to write so you can see that too.