Stories about Governance from March, 2009
Updates on the situation in the Czech Republic following the no-confidence vote – at The Czech Daily Word and A Fistful of Euros.
Everybody is trying hard to cope with the global economic crisis. Bloggers are offering survival tips to their readers. Businesses around the world are adjusting. Some are even profiting from the crisis. In this post, I will feature individuals and companies exerting their very best to overcome the recession.
Both Vexed Bermoothes and The Devil Island discuss the Bermudian government's faith-based tourism programme.
On 25 March 2009, Xinhua News reported China’s State Council has endorsed a statement to urge Shanghai to be developed into an international financial center by 2020 in order to keep up with “China’s economic influence and the Chinese yuan’s international status”. The idea generates discussion in the Beiyouren Forum...
Updates on the Sochi election – FP's Passport: “The world's most entertaining mayor's race.” RFE/RL's The Power Vertical: “The opposition sees opportunity. The Kremlin sees danger. And the pundits have something new to talk about.” Sean's Russia Blog: “The election circus in Sochi has some new developments. The alleged polonium...
CrisisCrunch writes about “the default by Financial Leasing Company (FLC), the first default of a Russian state-owned company since the 1998 financial crisis.”
A Fistful of Euros reports that Serbia has received a 3 billion Euro IMF loan.
Shakthi at I , Me and Shakthi writes about what he wants from India's next Prime Minister.
On the occasion of the 38th birth anniversary of Bangladesh, Unheard Voice lists 10 remarkable events for pre-independence and post independence eras each.
According to several sources an Iranian Christian blogger was arrested in the city of Isfahan in Iran about one month ago. He is a convert from Islam and he used to write about Bible in his blog.
Miss Loi writes how the Merlion, Singapore's national icon, has been desecrated over the years.
Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra addressed his supporters via video conference and revealed the people who are behind the plot that took him down in the 2006 coup d'etat.
Writing on the International Federation of Liberal Youth blog, Bart Woord sums up a month of traveling in the South Caucasus by saying that democracy and governance are in a pitifully depressing state in all three former Soviet republics.
On March 24, 1999, NATO forces began attack on Serbia and Montenegro. The bombing went for 78 days. A few thousand people were killed, many buildings, bridges, railroads, roads and factories were destroyed. Also, many people still experience mental and psychic effects of the fear they had been through. Ten years later, Serbian bloggers are reminded of those terrible days. Below is a selection of some of their journal notes and recollections from the beginning of the war.
Stephen Ellis, co-author (with Solofo Randrianja) of Madagascar: A Short History, explains that Ravalomanana's removal can be attributed to two main factors: his use of presidential power to further business interests and his alienation of the provincial political class and the armed forces.
Zimbabwean bloggers are unhappy with the way things are turning out within the coalition government between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. The reactions are a mixture of distrust of Mugabe ad disappointment in the policy approaches of the MDC.
The Maldives government is facing a growing number of petitions protesting various things. Abdullah Waheed asks some pertinent questions.
During a speech in a Party assembly, Malaysia's incoming Prime Minister said that new media should not be regarded as enemy. But hours before the speech, the party banned almost all online groups from the event.
Vilhelm Konnander writes about death penalty in Belarus and how it should affect the EU leaders’ approach to the country.
Dr. Sean's Diary writes about “he first time a Czech government has been unseated by a vote of confidence since 1989 and, if I'm not mistaken, ever in modern Czech history.” Eternal Remont is pleading: “Oh Czech Republic, do NOT go Ukraine on us…please.”
Hungarian Spectrum writes about PM Ferenc Gyurcsány's possible successors.