Stories about Politics from November, 2010
Russia: Leading Activist Blogger on How Internet Changes Politics
Marina Litvinovich, is one of the most influential activist bloggers in Russia. In an interview with Gregory Asmolov, she shares her vision of the future role of the Internet in Russian politics.
Mexico: Climate Change Talks in Cancun
“Mexico is showing real leadership on this issue, unilaterally setting ambitious goals to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions and implementing policies that have already begun to make a dent in that number,” writes Boz from Bloggings by Boz, adding that, “Unfortunately, few people expect a major breakthrough at...
Africa: Cablegate: Does the US care about Africa this much?
Bloggers react to documents published by WikiLeaks (Cablegate) that disclose classified communication between the US State department and its embassies worldwide. The documents make reference to African countries and its leaders.
Haiti: Valid Vote?
Dying in Haiti continues to comment on Sunday's election, here and here, saying, even as the OAS announces that the vote should be deemed valid: “The methods that I witnessed on Sunday morning sure wouldn't give robust results choosing new Haitian leaders.”
Cuba: Content of Cables
Along the Maleon says that the “Cablegate” cables that pertain to Cuba appear to be about the country's “political affairs, the country's relations with other countries and human rights.”
Trinidad & Tobago: CLICO Showdown
Afra Raymond tells of “amazing scenes” as the CLICO bailout debacle reaches the showdown stage.
Caucasus: Revelations & Confusion over Cablegate
As the media worldwide reveals revelation after revelation with the gradual release of over 251,000 leaked U.S. Embassy cables over the coming weeks, there were also some items of specific interest in the South Caucasus.
Cuba: The Remaining 11
As the Cardinal of Havana declares that the release of the remaining political prisoners is not in his hands, Uncommon Sense says: “The difficulty he faces in understandable. But what is indefensible is that at least publicly, he never comes across as a champion for those Cubans…”
Barbados: Independence Day Awards
Today is Independence Day in Barbados. Cheese-on-bread! republishes the list of this year's honourees and congratulates the President of the Senate, who was honoured “for his distinguished career and his outstanding service and contribution to Barbados and public life.”
Myanmar's other political prisoners
Despite the recent release from detention of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, human rights advocates remind the public that there are still more than 200 political prisoners inside Myanmar.
Nepal: It Is Up To The Politicians
Dinesh Wagle blames the Nepali politicians for not showing flexibility and respect to each others differences to resolve the long lasting hung parliament situation.
WikiLeaks About Korea
While Robert Koehler wrote some talking points about WikiLeaks in about Korea, Allahpundit from Hotair.com coalesced and commented on media reports on WikiLeaks regarding Korea's possible reunification and its relation with China.
Russia: Competing Models of Internet Politics
RuNet becomes an arena of the competition of at least two concepts of the usage of the cyberspace: "United Russia"'s formula "Internet instead of democracy" and independent, grass-roots formula "Internet as a free environment for civil society initiatives." Alexey Sidorenko analyzed the recent trends of the role of the Internet in contemporary Russian politics.
China: “Hang the Slaves of the West”
A new website that vilifies Chinese political liberals, including 2010 Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, has caught the attention of the Chinese internet for its extreme views. Why has it not been removed by censors?
Additional Context on the Recent Political Arrests in Madagascar
Blogger Alain Rajaonarivony writes at length about the implications of the recent series of political arrests in Madagascar (fr). A close relative to Raymond Ranjeva and his daughter describes the circumstances of their arrest. Here is a petition to denounce the arbitrary arrests (fr).
Central & Eastern Europe: Initial Reactions to WikiLeaks’ Cablegate
While other regions feature a lot more prominently in the collection of U.S. embassy cables published by WikiLeaks thus far, a few countries of the CEE region do appear in the kickoff edition of Cablegate. Below is a small selection of initial reactions from the region's bloggers.
Latin America: Summary of Several Leaked Documents on the Region
Erwin from The Latin Americanist summarizes some findings about U.S relations with Honduras, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, and Panama from the diplomatic documents recently released by Wikileaks.
Madagascar: Wave of Arrests in the Aftermath of the Failed Coup
In the aftermath of the referendum and simultaneous failed putsch , a veritable waltzes of arrestations and investigations are shedding a sad shadow on the island of Madagascar. Malagasy citizens react to the series of concerning events that have left many of them either incredulous, cynical or just plain blasé.
Philippines: Student unrest over education budget cuts
Students from various public universities in the Philippines held massive protest actions against the budget cuts imposed by the government. Students documented the 'campus strikes' by using the internet.
South Asia: The Morality Of Exposing Others’ Secrets
WikiLeaks, an international non-profit media organization has created waves around the world by publishing 251,287 confidential documents, which detail correspondence between the U.S. State Department and U.S. embassies around the world. Some South Asian bloggers were quick to publish their opinions on this issue.
Jordan: Wikileaks’ “Cablegate” Raises Questions
The recent Wikileaks release, known as "Cablegate," featured several quotations from Jordanian officials, as well as large numbers of cables from the U.S. Embassy in Amman. Jordanian tweeters had varied initial reactions to the latest leak from the whistle-blower site.