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· December, 2009

Stories about Governance from December, 2009

Is Vietnam blocking Facebook?

Viet Tan publishes an article which provides a background to the problems encountered by Facebook users in Vietnam.

Global: Tweeting for #Gaza

In honor of the one-year anniversary of Israel's attacks on Gaza in December 2008, a number of activists have planned a targeted "tweet for Gaza" campaign on Twitter. Jillian C....

Iran: Demonstration in Tehran

Here is a video showing protesters in Manzarieh and Nyavaran in Tehran chanting slogans against Islamic Regime on Saturday.

Pakistan Was Meant To Be A Secular State

Haji Adeel of ANP party has stated that Pakistan was meant to be a secular state and it should now become a republic. This message has sent ripples in the...

Malaysia: Press Freedom Advocate Sues Blogger

A veteran journalist-blogger is being sued for libel by a politician who is known for espousing press freedom in Malaysia. Check out the reactions of Malaysian bloggers.

Iran: Demonstration in Tehran

Here is a video film showing Iranian protesters demonstrated agianst Islamic regime in “Toopkhane” square in Tehran on 24th December.

Serbia: EU Membership Application

Eternal Remont draws attention to some dubious math in Serbia's president's EU membership application speech.

Moldova: Public Menorah Crushed in Chisinau

Eternal Remont writes about the destruction of a public menorah in the capital of Moldova and cites a response issued by the Russian Orthodox Church: “We believe that this unpleasant...

Belarus: Santa & Snow Maidens Protest in Minsk

Belarus Digest reports on a protest rally against “restrictions on the public activities of unregistered organizations” that was held in Minsk on Dec. 22 by “one Santa, 14 Snow Maidens,...

Israel: National Policy Needed for Foreign Workers

Amir Mizroch advocates for a national policy to protect foreign workers in Israel. “You could see the migrant worker story as an inevitable cultural and economic phenomenon with huge potential...

India: Energy Policy

Shadow Warrior lists some points regarding energy, which India should have kept in mind during its participation in the recently concluded Copenhagen Summit.

Bangladesh: Turning Back The Clock

To alleviate the nation's energy crisis Bangladesh adopted daylight saving time last June. The government has decided today to turn back the clock on the 31st December midnight. Omi Azad...

Nepal: The Power Struggle

“(The) Maoists fought for ‘freedom’ from age old monarchy, but someone else has replaced the monarch now and is ruling Nepal,” comments Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal while discussing the recent...

Tajikistan: The price tag of truth

The Tajik government has recently instituted fees for information requests from journalists and the general public. Botur examines how putting a price tag on information will hurt freedom.

Turkmenistan: TB is a serious problem

Annasoltan writes that drug resistant tuberculosis is a serious problem in Turkmenistan. Yet, the government is doing little to find the solution – even more so, its actions often aggravate...

Kazakhstan: War on Corruption and Political Interests

Alexander_Visotzky reviews the developments in Kazakhstan's uranium industry after arrest of the head of the national nuclear company on charges of embezzlement, and concludes that fight against corruption in Kazakhstan,...

Romania: Hungarian Minority Politics

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the Hungarian minority politics of the recent presidential election in Romania.

Trinidad & Tobago: Beginning of the End?

Diaspora blogger Jumbie's Watch wonders about Trinidad and Tobago's political future.

Barbados: Customs & Christmas

Barbados’ Notes From A Small Rock cannot believe the trouble she is having with the Customs & Excise Department over two scooters she bought for her children for Christmas: “The...

India: Gains From Copenhagen

The Acorn analyzes what India has achieved from the Copenhagen summit. The blogger opines that the “real gains were geopolitical—neither the United States nor China could have their way without...

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