· June, 2010

Stories about Breaking News from June, 2010

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan: Initial Coverage of the “Osh Massacre”

On June 10, 2010, local clashes between the ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek population in the Kyrgyz part of the Ferghana valley turned into a full-blown massacre and further exodus of the Kyrgyzstan-based Uzbeks. It seems that the conflict had been incited by the Kyrgyz organized criminal gangs in order to destabilize the region and might be connected with the revolutionary events in Kyrgyzstan two months earlier. The post summarizes initial coverage of the event by local bloggers.

Kyrgyzstan: “I Call It a Massacre!”

English-language coverage of the situation in Kyrgyzstan – at neweurasia.net. Kyrgyz blogger writes: “Call it whatever you want, but I name it a massacre of Uzbeks in Osh and Jalalabad (Kyrgyzstan), which is, at the moment, still going on and the Interim government headed by Rosa Otunbaeva cannot do anything...

Puerto Rico: Decisive Moment 50 Days into the Student Strike

  11 June 2010

Students of the state-run University of Puerto Rico (UPR) have sustained a student strike that enters its 50th day today. On this decisive day, the students' National Negotiating Committee has another round of negotiations with the UPR's administration. Students have transmitted their second message to the country via the website UPR es un País [ES] in which they explain their proposals...

Russia: Mysterious Death of a Soldier in the Far East

Alexey Navalny, famous anti-corruption blogger, posted a shocking video [RUS], depicting an observation of Roman Suslov's dead body. According to Russian military officials, Suslov committed a suicide during the transfer to Far East military base, though his family and independent journalists suspect [RUS] he was tortured and later murdered by military...

Russia: Prosecutor's Office Forces Provider to Close Website

Prosecutor's office of Zabaikalsky region [EN] demanded to block [RUS] the website of newspaper “Russkoye Zabaikalie” (previously available at www.srn.megalink.ru), whose content has been officially recognized as “extremist.” Earlier, the newspaper's editor was given a 1-year suspended sentence [RUS] for xenophobic and anti-Semitic articles.

China: Tan Zuoren’s Harsh Sentence Upheld by Sichuan High Court

  9 June 2010

The Sichuan Provincial High People’s Court upheld the judgment of activist and environmentalist Tan Zuoren (谭作人). Tan was convicted of “inciting subversion of state power” in February 2010 and sentenced to five years in prison, with an additional three years’ deprivation of political rights, following a trial in August 2009....

Colombia: Twitter and Facebook Users Report Possible Election Fraud

  9 June 2010

Twitter and Facebook were buzzing with images of discrepancies between the forms where votes were manually counted and the reported results for the past Presidential elections. These differences affected the number of votes for each candidate and voting totals, and had the population wondering about possible election fraud, as can...

Ecuador: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Visits Ecuador

  9 June 2010

U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Ecuador on June 8, where she met with president Rafael Correa to discuss various issues. Twitter users commented on Clinton's visit, reflecting a whole array of sentiments towards the United States and its relationship with Ecuador.

India: Bhopal Gas Tragedy Verdict – too little too late?

  7 June 2010

More than 25 years after India's worst ever Industrial disaster, a court in Bhopal has pronounced a guilty verdict on the Indian arm of Union Carbide (UCIL) and also convicted 8 former UCIL officials for negligence in the large-scale, Bhopal gas leak tragedy. Bloggers react.

Jamaica: The Real ‘Dudus’

  7 June 2010

Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is probably one of the most wanted men on the planet. Annie Paul and Jamaica Salt find out more about the person behind the persona.

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