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· July, 2010

Stories about Governance from July, 2010

Qatar: Residents survive change to eight-digit phone numbers

In an effort to meet future demand, Qatar changes most mobile and landline numbers from seven to eight digits. Residents complain, but find the transition to be easier than expected.

Philippines: Opposition to Rail Transit Fare Hikes

Metro Manila commuters of the Metro Rail Transit will be facing fare hikes as the Philippine government plans to abandon subsidies for the public transportation because of rising operation and...

Russia: The First Case of YouTube Ban

Alexey Sidorenko writes about the Russian authorities' first attempt to ban YouTube.

Latvia: Concerns Over the Future of the Largest Daily, Free Press

With the ownership of the largest daily newspaper, Diena, in question, many journalists in Latvia fear business interests and political influence would rule the news coverage ahead of the October...

Madagascar: Pillaging of Rain Forests Was Supervised by National Special Forces

The Malagasy field researcher who contributed to the report on rosewood illegal logging in Madagascar entitled “Between Democracy and Conservation” explains the method they used in conducting their18-months-long secret investigation...

Pakistan: Wikileaks Documents And Corrective Actions

Raza Rumi at Pak Tea House analyzes the disclosure of Wikileaks documents on Afghan war and opines that the civil-military leadership of Pakistan should take corrective actions against the extremists...

Cuba: Economic Effects

“The unemployment phenomenon, which is vehemently denied by high officials in the government, is nothing new”: Iváns File Cabinet uses the example of Cuba's only telecommunications company to illustrate its...

Jamaica: The Politics of SoE

Girl With a Purpose says that “the Limited State of Emergency in Jamaica…has now become a political football.”

Bulgaria: Government's Pressure on the Media

Veni Markovski writes about the Bulgarian government's most recent attack on the independent media: “This latest pressure on the free media comes after a number of worrisome cases, involving journalists...

China: First hand account of two Chinese artists arrested and beaten

Under the Jacaranda Tree posts a first hand account written by Diane Gatterdam on the arrest of two Chinese artists, Yang Licai and Wu Yuren.

Bangladesh: Constitutional Reforms

An Ordinary Citizen discusses about the recent process of constitutional reforms in Bangladesh, the controversies surrounding it and expectations from it.

Latvia: ‘The Harmony Center’ Political Bloc

All About Latvia writes about Saskaņas Centrs (“The Harmony Center”), Lativa's “most popular” political bloc.

Russia: Interview With ‘A Good Treaty’ Russia Blogger

Sublime Oblivion interviews the author of A Good Treaty blog, continuing the Watching the Russia Watchers interview series that was launched by Andy Young of Siberian Light.

Poland: “Rydzykisation”

Raf Uzar writes about the outcome of the Polish presidential election and the “rydzykisation” of the country.

Belarus: A Conscientious Objector Released From Jail

BelarusDigest reports on the release from prison of conscientious objector Yevgeny Yakovenko.

Serbia, Kosovo: Another View on ICJ's Ruling

The Greater Surbiton writes that “the ICJ’s ruling on Kosovo sets a precedent that is dangerous only for tyrants and ethnic cleansers.” (More views are here and here.)

Serbia: “Punishing ‘Bad Culture'”

Belgraded writes about a 1980s Serbian pop star's idea to introduce “extra taxes for authors of those works of media that fall under the category of ‘kitsch‘.”

Russia: Merging SVR and FSB; “Another Sexy Spy”

RFE/RL's The Power Vertical reports on the alleged plans to merge Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service with the Federal Security Service. Scraps of Moscow writes about the newest “sexy Russian spy”...

East Timor: Self-regulation of media

Tempo Semanal publishes an article written by Dr. Clinton Fernandes outlining his ideas on self-regulation of media in East Timor.

Afghan Bloggers on Wikileaks War Logs

Afghan bloggers writing in Dari appear to be relatively quiet in the aftermath of the leaked military reports posted on Wikileaks. Here are reactions from two Afghan bloggers.

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