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· August, 2011

Stories about International Relations from August, 2011

China: Who Could Have Known The Libyans Hate Gaddafi?

One of China's top military analysts at home, has turned the official line on Libya into something of a joke, and abroad, China's nominal support for Gaddafi may end up...

Russia: Bloggers React to the Storming of Tripoli

Compared to April 2011, when Global Voices first analyzed Russian reactions on the conflict, opinions seem to be more polarised now; bloggers had divided into two distinctive groups of supporters...

Brazil: Mozambique Cedes Land to Brazilian Agribusiness

Mozambique is ceding 6 million hectares of land to Brazilian farmers. The idea is to draw on the Brazilian experience in the Cerrado, a biosphere similar to the African savanna,...

China and USA: Joe Biden's Noodle Meal

The United States Vice President Joe Biden ended his six-day official visit to China on 22 August, 2011. Most Chinese people do not know whether or not there there has...

North Korea Plans to Buy Military Jets from Russia?

GI Korea from ROK Drop blog commented on latest allegations that North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il's recent visit to Russia was to buy new fighter jets.

Sudan: Sudan's Desire to Join the East African Community a Headache

Flight Africa notes that Khartoum’s application to join the East African Community is causing a diplomatic headache the member states: “No longer having any direct borders with any of the...

Central African Republic: Violence Marks Lead Up to Elections

The Central African Republic is set to hold partial parliamentary elections on September 4, yet tensions have arisen after an opposition party rally was marred with violence. The country is still...

Zimbabwe: On Libya, Gaddafi and Mugabe

As news of the fall of Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi lit up the web, the Zimbabwean blogosphere was not left behind. Meanwhile, rumours have been circulating that the man deposed...

Maldives: Discrimination Against The Foreign Labors

‘Legacy of Pain’ is outraged by the attitude of the Male City Council who recently discussed the “nuisance and bother” of expatriate workers who gather on Fridays at the Republic...

Cuba: Pseudo-Transparency

Without Evasion considers Raul Castro's pledge “to develop a new brave, honest and transparent journalism during the Sixth Congress of the CCP”, saying: “If the coverage of what happened in...

Tajikistan: Rahmon becomes Leader of XXI Century awardee — but who is awarding?

Abulfazal informs that Tajikistan president Emamoli Rahmon was awarded with the “Leader of XXI Century” prize for his cultural and political distinctions by the European Council on International Relations, barely...

Mongolia: Higher visitors cause major traffic jams

Bilguun writes about the visits of president of South Korea and US vice-president Joe Biden to Mongolia – both in one day – causing major roadblocks and traffic jams across...

Turkey: An Armenian Adventure on Two Wheels

Despite historical differences and a closed border, an Armenian motorcyclist travels across Turkey, blogging his experiences and observations en route.

China: Three Public Expenditures and State Secrets

In China, the term, "three public expenditures" or san gong jingfei, refers to government expenses for overseas trips, food and entertainment and public vehicles. The three expenditures have been considered...

Iran: “Islamic Awakening” or NATO Victory in Libya?

Iranian citizens continue to follow recent developments in Libya with great interest, and are flooding cyberspace with comments, posts and tweets.

Georgia: Social Media Used by Presidential Election Candidate in Breakaway Region

Three candidates are competing this week for the presidency in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia recognized only by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, and Vanuatu. Despite being the oldest candidate,...

Ukraine: Yulia Tymoshenko's Case

At OpenDemocracy.net, Valery Kalnysh explains in detail the case against Ukraine's former PM Yulia Tymoshenko.

Russia: Kim Jong Il's Visit

Suzanne Merkelson writes on FP's Passport blog about North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's visit to Russia.

Croatia, Serbia: A Flag of Friendship

Two young adults from Croatia and Serbia have created a mixed Serbo-Croatian flag, as a gesture of reconciliation between the two countries. Some netizens have condemned the initiative, others seem...

North Korea Kicked out South Korean Workers in Joint Resort Facilities

North Korea kicked out South Korean workers from joint mountain resort in North on August 23, 2011. Robert Neff from the Marmot's Hole blog commented on the existing worries on...

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