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· February, 2009

Stories about Politics from February, 2009

Armenia: 1 March Anniversary

Dispatches from Armenia comments on tomorrow's first anniversary of the post-election clashes which left eight opposition supporters and two policemen dead. The blog calls the incident a slaughter at the...

Hong Kong: Budget report: university students on sale!

Financial Secretary of Hong Kong John Tsang made the budget speech for the fiscal year 2009-2010 at the Legislative Council on 25 of February. This is the first budget report...

Shiv Sena's Orkut Campaign: The Limits to Freedom of Expression in an Intolerant India

Introduction: Freedom of Expression in the Indian Blogosphere The Indian blogosphere is abuzz with discussions on freedom of expression after the Supreme Court refused to throw out Shiv Sena's defamation...

Bermuda: Budget Response

From Bermuda, Vexed Bermoothes comments on the opposition's response to the government's 2009-10 Budget.

Guyana: The Ripple Effect

The far-ranging effects of the CL Financial failure have now reached Guyana. One blogger has been assiduously following the latest developments...

Armenia: 1 March post-election clash anniversary

As the opposition prepares to mark the 1 March post-election clashes which left at least 10 dead, The Armenian Observer says tensions are increasing in the capital, Yerevan. Meanwhile, writing...

Japan: Bloggers on the Nakagawa affair

Over a week has passed since now-infamous footage of Japan's former finance minister Shōichi Nakagawa stumbling through a 20 minute speech at the G7 meeting in Rome made world headlines...

Kazakhstan: Rally of the opposition

Zhanna writes a post about the rally staged by the leading Kazakhstani opposition party in Almaty.

Kyrgyzstan: Hard Time for the Opposition

Elena writes a history of the persecution of the oppositional movements in Kyrgyzstan.

Afghanistan: Rights Activist Selected as Young Global Leader

Azar Balkhi reports that Fawzia Koofi, an outstanding human rights activist and the first female deputy speaker of the Afghanistan's parliament, was named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic...

Lebanon: Christopher Hitchens’ Beirut Scuffle Sparks Debate

Former leftist turned conservative writer Christopher Hitchens ran into trouble in Beirut last week when he attempted to deface a poster/memorial of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), a Hezbollah...

Nepal: Load Shedding Woes

For a country where there is an average daily power cut of 14 hours it is hard to carry on with normal life. Bibek Paudel discusses the challenges Nepal is...

Pakistan: Déjà vu 1971?

“Zardari is doing exactly what Bhutto had done in 1971 – eliminating all challenges that may come in his way to become another “Civilian Martial Law Administrator”, comments Teeth Maestro...

Martinique: Violent clashes in Fort de France

Martinican bloggers Imaniyé and Bondamanjak both note the recent degradation of the social conflict in Martinique, as clashes between the police and young people took place in the capital city...

Jamaica, Guyana: Action or Reaction?

Both Active Voice [Jamaica] and Guyanese blogger C.D. Valere (writing at Baiganchoka) continue the discussion about recent attempts by the Jamaican Broadcasting Commission to “clean up” the airwaves.

Aruba: Calling the Socialists

“Some Arubans are also affected because they invested in Stanford's company and are now, as we say in quaint Dutch, sitting with the baked pears”: Arubagirl examines her government's reaction...

Taiwan: CECA, economic elixir or poison?

CECA? Neither a new game console from Japan nor another evil science project that is going to bring this world to an end? But according to the Government, CECA is...

Syrian Ambassador in Washington Lectures on Syrian-American Relations

Syrian Ambassador in Washington lectures university students on Syrian-American relations and asks them not to be overly optimistic in regards to the future of the relations since the Obama Adminstration...

Arab Bloggers Rally Against the Judaization of Jerusalem

As Israeli authorities evict Arab residents and demolish their houses in Jerusalem, Arab bloggers are set on not letting this pass unnoticed. Another blogger calls for designating a week to...

Egypt: 10,000 days of Mubarak

Egypt marks its 10,000 day under Hosni Mubarak's rule. Mohaly briefs us about two books which discuss the occasion.

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