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· July, 2009

Stories from Quick Reads from July, 2009

Japan: Housing statistics

Joe Jone from Mutantfrog reads into the newly released housing statistics.

Chinese NGOs: reading political signs in the fate of Gongmeng

David Bandurski from China Media Project translated an article written by Qian Gang which comments on the recent crack down of Gongmeng, a corporate registered citizen rights NGO, by the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Media Meekness

B.C. Pires recalls a radio show he used to host in the context of falling journalistic standards in Trinidad and Tobago: “From that thin end of the wedge we have...

Jamaica: Capturing Pellew

Concerned about plans by private owners to develop Pellew Island, Snailwriter has a plan: “The Tainos ‘owned’ Jamaica until the men in Columbus’s ships took it…I figure I have as...

Sri Lanka: English Language Standards

Niranjan Dias Bandaranayake at Groundviews discusses about the deteriorating standards of English teaching in Sri Lanka.

Armenia: Kim Kardashian, national identity and peace

Ianyan continues its regular feature compiling mention of Armenia and Armenians on the Internet. In its latest column, the blog comments on reference to celebrity socialite Kim Karashian and fashion,...

Russia: Vasily Krima, aka the “Volgograd Obama”

Sean's Russia Blog writes about Vasily Krima, “the first Afro-Russian to run for public office” – here and here.

Egypt: Fox News Creative Chaos

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia reacts to a mistake on Fox News, where Egypt is placed on a map instead of Iraq. Our Morocco author Jillian C York makes a similar observation...

The Balkans: Mladic Update

Foreign Policy Association's War Crimes blog posts an update on Ratko Mladic.

Ukraine: Q&A with Hryhoriy Nemyrya

EurActiv.com visits Kyiv and talks to Hryhoriy Nemyrya, Ukraine’s vice PM, in charge of relations with Europe: questions are here, Nemyrya's responses – here, a shorter summary – here.

Cuba: Political Prisoners

Cuban diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense reports that while one former political prisoner has started a blog, another Cuban human rights activist “faces up to 8 years in prison if convicted...

Barbados: Corruption Legislation Needed

“It doesn’t matter how many tens of millions of dollars are missing at the end of a major project, no one ever goes to jail”: Barbados Free Press suggests that...

Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao: Sweet Tooth

Lifespan of a Chennette blogs about traditional sweets from Curacao: “It was a reminder that even if names were different, and languages, the people and food of the Caribbean do...

India: The Future Of Ajmal Kasab

Golden Boy at Desicritics tells why India should not hang Ajmal Kasab, the apprehended “foot-soldier in the Mumbai Terror Attacks”.

Pakistan: Breaking Western Stereotypes

Pakfactor writes about a documentary called “Made In Pakistan”, which “documents the lives of four ordinary Pakistani citizens during military rule in an effort to break Western stereotypes about the...

Armenia: Homophoia and intolerance

Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on a round table held in Yerevan on homophobia and intolerance in society. The blog says that Armenia cannot afford to allow xenophobia, homophobia and intolerance...

Moldova: Election Updates

Notes on Moldova's repeat election – at Scraps of Moscow, Eternal Remont and Robert Amsterdam's Blog.

Russia: Putin on Solzhenitsyn

Eternal Remont writes about PM Vladimir Putin's recent interaction with Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's widow.

Russia: Unsold iPhones

Profy writes about the situation with iPhone sales in Russia.

Russia: Activists Appeal To Iranian Opposition

On July 26, LJ user dobrokhotov wrote (RUS) about a rally in front of the Iranian embassy in Moscow, organized by the Russian democratic youth movement “We” in support of...

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