· October, 2010

Stories about Governance from October, 2010

Armenia: Blog Action Day

  16 October 2010

Writing on his official blog, the British Ambassador to Armenia, Charles Lonsdale, marks Blog Action Day by writing about Lake Sevan. Situated 1,900 meters above sea level, it is one of the largest high altitude lakes in the world. However, the diplomatic blogger notes, mismanagement and policies during the Soviet...

China: Riot Against Land Acquisition in Guangxi

  16 October 2010

On 13 of October, a riot broke out in Longxu town in Guangxi province. Around one thousand villagers confronted armed police against forced land acquisition. Citizen reports on the riot were originally posted at local online forums within Guangxi, but quickly deleted by web censor authorities. In order to spread...

Jordanians Tweet about Election Campaigning

  15 October 2010

Jordanian parliamentary candidates are now allowed to post campaign materials for the November 9 elections. Posters now cover main roads, and the topic of these campaign materials has been hotly discussed among Jordanian Twitter users. Almost unanimously, these tweets express disgust with the posters.

Iran: President Ahamdinejad's trip to Lebanon

  15 October 2010

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has just concluded a two-day visit to Lebanon. It was his first official since 2005 when he first took office. He held talks with Lebanese officials and visited strongholds of Iran's ally Hezbollah. He received a hero's welcome. Several Iranian bloggers reacted to this trip.

Caucasus: Women as a reflection of nationalism

  15 October 2010

Motherhood, Repatriation and other fictions comments on a recent event staged in Istanbul, Turkey, which women activists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Russia attended. The blog particularly examines the role of nationalism and patriarchal societies in peace-building and cross-border initiatives in the South Caucasus.

India: The Grand Secret OS

  14 October 2010

Greatbong takes a hilarious look at the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) proposal to create a “closed source operating system” to protect Data.

Bermuda: Runaround?

  13 October 2010

Breezeblog comments on the media roundtable hosted by the outgoing Premier: “More like the media getting the runaround.”

Azerbaijan: Satirical site blocked?

  13 October 2010

Quoting local media, Azeri Report says that a satirical site, Eqreb.com, has been blocked in Azerbaijan. Covering political developments in the oil-rich country, the site has been reported inaccessible since 8 October. On 7 November, Azerbaijanis go to the polls to elect a new parliament and so far users contacted...

Brazil: Research and Advances in Renewable Energy Sources

  13 October 2010

In recent decades, Brazil has received acclaim as a country of clean energy, with alternative and renewable sources playing a major role in the country’s energy mix. The inclusion of these sources, which has been made possible thanks to research conducted by various social players and to the government’s adoption, is being discussed in many Brazilian blogs.

Serbia: Gay Pride Parade Used as Excuse for Riots

  12 October 2010

Gay Pride Parade held on October 10 2010 in Belgrade brought out the worst and the best elements of Serbian society in the open. The police had to suppress about 6000 rioters who, in a very organized manner, wrecked damage in the city center, while pro-democracy forces hailed the event as big advance for the freedoms of speech and association, guaranteed by law.

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