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· February, 2011

Stories about International Relations from February, 2011

Cuba: Watching from Within

“There has not [been] enough coverage or information to even begin to address the complexity of these events and the numberless perspectives interpreting them”: Graham Sowa blogs at Havana Times...

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament names mountain after the Russia's strongman

Kyrgyzstani parliamentarians voted in support of Kyrgyz Prime Minister's proposal to name a peak in the country’s northern Tian Shan range after his counterpart Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to...

Uzbekistan: Unauthorized use of energy

Elina Galperin reports that Uzbekistan is systematically sneaking electricity from Kazakhstan’s power grid beyond amounts agreed between the two parties, according to the claims by the Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating...

Mexico: Kidnapping Case Affects Diplomatic Relations with France

Relations between Mexico and France have been strained due to the kidnapping conviction of French national Florence Cassez in Mexico City. Cassez was arrested in 2006, accused of kidnapping charges...

Côte d’Ivoire: Twitter Campaign for Anderson Cooper’s Attention

Global Voices author Anna Gueye was instrumental in a recent campaign to persuade influential CNN reporter Anderson Cooper to pay as much attention to protests in African countries such as...

Bangladesh: Clinical Trial Of A Cholera Vaccine Raises Questions

The world's largest trial of a cheap oral cholera vaccine made by an Indian pharmaceutical company is being conducted in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Bloggers notice the information blackout...

Latin America: On teleSUR's Coverage of Libya Uprising

Latin American news channel teleSUR managed earlier this week to send several journalists into Tripoli to cover the ongoing uprising in Libya. Nonetheless, its coverage, which seems quite different to...

Russia: Bloggers Deconstruct Isolationist Propaganda

As Russia is approaching another election cycle (in 2011 Russians are supposed to elect the Parliament and in 2012 – the president) the voices of state propagandists get louder. The...

Russia: Internet Freedom As Cold War 2.0

Gregory Asmolov analyzes bloggers' reactions to the Internet Freedom speech by Hillary Clinton.

Haiti: Challenges & Hopes

Kevin Fortuna at Concern Blogs visits Haiti and writes about his experience.

India: A Press Conference With Sarah Palin

Amidst rumors that Former Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin will visit India, Greatbong at Random Thoughts Of A Demented Mind posts an imaginary press conference of Palin in India.

Latin America: Latest Cables Released by Wikileaks

The Latinamericanist sums up some of the latest diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks on Colombia, Chile, Peru and Brazil.

Indo-Bangla Relations – Who Cares?

J Rahman at Mukti comments on a sad fact of India-Bangladesh relation: “as soon as Indians realize that Bangladesh is not in the business of allowing its territory to the...

Côte d'Ivoire: The Difficult Legacy of Houphouët-Boigny

To better understand the origins of the current political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire, it is necessary to place recent events in their post-colonial context. Anna Gueye traces the history of...

Azerbaijan: Diaspora & Patriotism

Scary Azeri takes a look at the Azerbaijani Diaspora in the United Kingdom and notes some peculiarities as it pertains to notions of “patriotism.”

Georgia: Sex & the EU

Social Science in the Caucasus examines the results of a 2008 survey aimed at comparing Georgian social attitudes to those in the EU. The survey, for example, found that 80...

Cuba: What do the Cables from Havana Say? (Part III)

In the last part of a series on WikiLeaks and Cuba, author Elaine Díaz analyzes the content of cables regarding the Cuban opposition and the role of bloggers.

Caucasus: Peace Village

Tamada Tales, a EurasiaNet blog, comments on plans by an Armenian peace activist to establish a peace building center in a village situated close to the intersection of Armenia, Azerbaijan,...

China: Chinese TV praised Gaddafi as thinker, revolutionist

KDnet's netizen have dug out the TV interview of Gaddafi broadcast on Phoenix TV on July 18, 2010 in which the TV anchor praised Gaddafi as thinker and revolutionist. The...

China: The fable of donkey island and piggy island

Why the hardworking donkey island keeps serving the wealthy piggy island? Utopia Net has a fable [zh] telling the relation between China and the U.S.. Mary Ann O'Donnell from Shenzhen...

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