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· August, 2010

Stories about Governance from August, 2010

Venezuela: Franklin Brito Dies After Several Hunger Strikes

Franklin Brito, a farmer who had been on a hunger strike since July 2009, died from a respiratory arrest in a military hospital on Monday night. Brito had lived through...

Russia: Video Depicting the Real Details of Putin's Trip

Far East bloggers share video depicting [RUS] details of Vladimir Putin's recent trip to Russia's Far East [EN] on Lada Kalina, a new model of the Russian car factory. The video shows...

Egypt: Utilizing Technology to Demand Accountability on Torture, Police Brutality

Bloggers and activists in Egypt are using freely available online tools to expose torture and police brutality and to hold the government accountable for these human rights abuses.

Peru: Site Uses Crowdsourcing to Report Thefts

Juan Arellano writes [es] about quenoteroben.pe [es], a site that allows users to report thefts in Lima using Google Maps technology. The post includes two video interviews with the site...

“I love Malaysia”

SK Thew ponders on the problems facing Malaysian society and concludes that there is still hope to reform the system. Malaysia is celebrating its 53rd Independence Day.

Western Europe: A journey through tech for transparency projects

Sylwia Presley takes us on a tour of technology for transparency projects in Western Europe.

South Korea: Government Plan To Increase Cigarette Price Meets Public Backlash

South Korea’s health department announced on tripling the price of cigarettes to curb the nation’s high smoking rate, prompting a new round of cigarette price disputes online. Many Koreans agree...

Russia: Bloggers Outraged by Putin's Interview

Recent interview [RUS] of Vladimir Putin to Kommersant newspaper outraged many bloggers. They accuse Putin of a lie [RUS], ignorance [RUS], deliberate substitution [RUS] of the terms “police state” and...

Russia: Online Cooperation as an Alternative for Government?

Gregory Asmolov analyzes causes of the highly successful cooperation within the Russian online community during the recent wildfires crisis and examines whether online collaboration can provide a sustainable alternative for...

West Africa: Drug Traffickers and Politico-Military Dictators

The UN assistant representative in Africa against drug trafficking Cyriaque Sobtafo recently stated that west Africa is now the hub for cocaine trafficking. Many countries are affected and the sudden...

Guinea-Bissau: An Armored Mercedes Benz

António Aly Silva on Ditadura de Consenso [pt] tells of the battles between the widow of assassinated head of state Nino Vieira and the President over an armored Mercedes Benz,...

Afghanistan: Parliamentary Election Update

Joshua Foust provides an update on the upcoming parliamentary election in Afghanistan, specifying numerous worrying instances of violations and abuses of state resource by candidates, campaign staff, and government employees.

Afghanistan: The Helmand Food Zone Fiasco

Joel Hafvenstein writes about the British “Food Zone” program, which was considered to be a better effort comparing to other counternarcotics activties in Afghanistan. But “when examined closely, there’s no...

Turkmenistan: The former ruler's golden statue removed

M reports that the golden statue of Turkmenbashy, the country’s first dead President, atop the Arch of Neutrality was quietly pulled down in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, this week.

Russia: Mari Paganism and Charges of “Extremism”

OpenDemocracy.net reports: “In their remote forest republic 400 miles east of the Moscow, the pagan Mari people are once again being harassed by the authorities. […] Ethnically kin to the...

Russia: Interview With RT's Peter Lavelle

An interview with RT's Peter Lavelle – at Sublime Oblivion.

Palestine: Abu Rahmah convicted of incitement for non-violent protest

Strong international, European, Arab, blogger, Twitter and media condemnation followed the conviction of non-violent Palestinian peace activist Abdallah Abu Rahmah, sentenced to prison by Israeli military court. Gabriel Nada rounds...

Russia: “Jailbird Moms”

A Good Treaty writes about two Russian “jailbird moms” – Anna Shavenkova and Yulia Kruglova: “Two court cases in recent weeks have given Russia’s bruised citizenry a few additional reminders...

India: Floods In Jammu And Kashmir

Dilip D'Souza at Death Ends Fun describes his first hand experience of the flood situation in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir state in India.

Russia: Lake Baikal and James Cameron

Vadim Nikitin of FPA's Russia blog believes that Lake Baikal would be a “good fit” for James Cameron's “passionate environmental activism.”

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