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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

Pakistan: Wikileaks Documents And Corrective Actions

Cuba: Economic Effects

Jamaica: The Politics of SoE

Bulgaria: Government's Pressure on the Media

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

Bangladesh: Constitutional Reforms

Latvia: ‘The Harmony Center’ Political Bloc

Russia: Interview With ‘A Good Treaty’ Russia Blogger

Poland: “Rydzykisation”

Belarus: A Conscientious Objector Released From Jail

Serbia, Kosovo: Another View on ICJ's Ruling

Serbia: “Punishing ‘Bad Culture'”

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

East Timor: Self-regulation of media

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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