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· September, 2008

Stories about Governance from September, 2008

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Cape Verde: Fuel prices on the rise – why?

  30 September 2008

The price of crude oil is plunging, but the population of Cape Verde has been faced with price rises of every sub product of oil, and the news ahead is not optimistic. Bloggers want to know why and provide the Government with some suggestions.

Belarus: The Election

  30 September 2008

Pre- and post-election insight from Belarus – at Andrei Khrapavitski's Belarusan American Blog, here and here: “Both the govt and the opposition elite cared more about the exterior, much less about the substance.”

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Iran: Mr. Ahmadinejad in New York

  30 September 2008

While Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinjad, addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday declaring that "the American empire'' and "Zionist regime" [Israel] are nearing collapse, pro-democracy Iranians and 3,000 people mobilized by a coalition of mostly Jewish groups, protested against Ahmadinejad's threats toward Israel and Iran's human rights record.

Myanmar: Aid still needed

  29 September 2008

Five months after the devastating cyclone which killed and displaced at least a hundred thousand people, Myanmar is slowly recovering. Relief efforts may be improving but international aid is still very much needed.

Morocco: Schools Closing

  28 September 2008

The View from Fez reports that the Moroccan government plans to shut down 60 Qur'anic schools around the country, all of which are associated with Sheikh Mohamed Ben Abderrahman Al-Maghraoui, who earlier this month decreed that the marriage of nine-year-old girls was permissible. His declaration is an affront to Morocco's...

China: Will a Nobel Peace Prize really hurt our feelings?

  28 September 2008

Hu Jia's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize has raised the question: are The Chinese People easily upset by the notion of human rights? Party spokesman Liu Jianchao would have you think so, and many netizens agree. Not all do, however, judging from comments that haven't yet been deleted.

East Timor leader at a U.N. meeting

  27 September 2008

President Jose Ramos-Horta of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste delivered a statement at the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Horta mentioned the improving economy of his country.

Guyana: Perception Rejection

  27 September 2008

Living Guyana says: “Not unexpectedly the PPP Government of Guyana has rejected Transparency International‘s grading of Guyana on their corruption index.”

Russophone Bloggers Discuss the U.S. Presidential Candidates

  27 September 2008

Last week, Israel-based LJ user avva asked his Russophone readers - some of whom are eligible to vote in the upcoming U.S. election - whether they supported Barack Obama or John McCain, and for what reasons. The post generated over 300 comments from bloggers based in the United States, Israel, Canada and Russia. Below are some of the responses.

Nepal: The money question

  26 September 2008

Blogger Dai comments on the news that 8 Nepali ministers including the Prime Minister are on foreign tour: “It would be great, if they could donate their allowances to the flood victims of Eastern Nepal.”

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Japan: Views on Wall Street Crisis

  26 September 2008

The ongoing collapse, bail-out and buy-out of Wall Street investment banks, threatening a U.S. and possibly worldwide recession, has triggered no lack of debates in Japanese blogs on the country's strong financial connection with its overseas ally.

Pakistan: President meets Sarah Palin

  25 September 2008

Deadpan Thoughts on Pakistan president Asif A. Zardari's ‘un-presidential’ meet with US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin: “I am not surprised neither shocked as I am sure Mr. Zardari will have many more gems for us in store as he leads this country to god knows where in the near future.“

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