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· December, 2011

Stories about Governance from December, 2011

Iran: “Law of Computer Crimes” and Parliamentary Elections

Iranian authorities warned web sites and blogs not to publish any content to encourage people to boycot or to protest the March parliamentary elections. The authorities published [fa] 25 categories...

Online Highlights from the Portuguese-Speaking World in 2011

2011 has been another year in which bloggers and activists from a number of Portuguese-speaking countries have come together to report, translate and promote blogs and citizen media from all...

Somalia: Crimes against Journalists Increased In 2011

In a post published on december, 27th, The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) declares that: “In 2011, 4 journalists were murdered in Mogadishu alone, making it the only place where...

Iran: A petition for a jailed activist

A petition is launched to support Mehrdad Karami, a jailed student and human rights activist in Zanjan (Iran).

Iran: Rafsanjani's site was filtered

Several Iranian news sites reported Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's site was filtered. According to his brother, Rafsanjani's site managment had been asked to omit his last Friday Prayer sermon in 2009...

Iran: Student activist was released after 11 years

Setareiran says Behrouz Javid Tehrani, a student activist who was jailed 11 years ago, finally was released from prison.

Iran:”Parliament is like Animal House”

From Your View reports Behrouz Moradi head of government subsidies called Iran's paliament an “animal house”. The blogger writes with irony this guy was so polite not to call parliament...

Argentina: New Anti-Terrorism Law Raises Concerns

A new anti-terrorism law is causing concern in Argentina. Lillie Langtry explains in her blog Memory in Latin America that, “the new package of measures is intended to combat financial...

Russia: AIDS Epidemic – “Shame Russia Shame”

International organizations are taking notice of Russia's AIDS epidemic and the hurdles the country faces in combating it. Recent international attention has been directed toward Russia's healthcare system, the stigma...

Bangladesh: Suggestions for the New International Crimes Tribunal

The government of Bangladesh is planning to set up another International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to help expedite trial of war criminals of 1971. Rumi Ahmed offers some suggestions in this...

China: Police border control servers got hacked

Feng37 from the Nanfang.com reports on the hacking of the Entry-Exit Department of the Guangdong Public Security Bureau (PSB) which has resulted in the leaking of 4.44 million pieces of...

India: A Letter to the Home Minister, Protesting Forced Eviction

William Gomes writes an open letter to the Union Home Minister, Mr.P.Chidambaram, protesting against the recent police action against campaigners who were holding a protest rally demanding the repeal of...

Guyana: crime and insecurity

“Travel around coastland Guyana and you will see it too,” writes Imran Khan: “burglar bars, grillwork, heavily armed company security forces, reinforced doors, guard huts, watchmen, security lights, CCTV cameras.”...

Bermuda: rethinking ties with Britain?

The British government is reviewing its relationship with its overseas territories, writes Catch a Fire, and inviting Bermudans to share their perspectives. “I think we need a new Constitutional Convention...

Jamaica: missing children

Where are the more than 500 children reported missing in Jamaica this year, asks Petchary — and why are more people not paying attention to “a serious issue which, at...

India:The Need to Look Beyond the Middle Class

Supriyo Chaudhury argues that in order to re-define it's future and grow to the next level, India must look beyond it's Middle Class and create a more inclusive, broad-based society.

Russia: Social Network In-Between Security Services and Free Market

As social networks in Russia like Vkontakte play an ever increasing role in communication between post-election protesters, so too grows the interest of the security services to limit them. This...

Latin America: Youth Unemployment

Bloggings by boz looks at youth unemployment in Latin America, concluding that “with growth projections decreased for 2011 and 2012, the current situation for youth unemployment is almost certainly getting...

Russia: The Opposition in St. Petersburg Fails to Reach Understanding

December 2011 post-election protest events consist of two elements: 'professional oppositioners' and concerned citizens. In Moscow those two elements managed to get together. In St. Petersburg, however, the meeting was...

Pakistan: The Night Benazir Bhutto was Killed

Sami Saayer looks back the night of 27th December, 2007, and reminisces about the incidents he witnessed around him after the news of Benazir Bhutto's assassination spread.

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