13 February 2006

Stories from 13 February 2006

Putin's Dissertation and Russian Energy Sector

  13 February 2006

Sean Guillory looks at Vladimir Putin's dissertation, “Strategic Planning of Regional Raw Material Operations in a Market Economy,” which he wrote as a student of the St. Petersburg Mining Academy in 1997. Stored at the Russian State Library, the dissertation is a hit with the readers. Also, Sean discusses Vladimir...

More of Russian DIY Design

  13 February 2006

Two more additions to Konstantin Dlutskiy's photo collection of DIY design at the Russian Marketing Blog: wedding flowers sold with a discount for loyal customers, and a “Baby” store selling vodka and beer.

Venezuela: SUMATE Trial

  13 February 2006

Miguel Octavio, Alex Beech, and Ana Julia Jatar (ES) all have something to say about the current court case against Maria Corina Machado, the director of opposition group SUMATE, who is charged with accepting a $31,000 grant from the National Endowment for Democracy.

Argentina: Google Video Replacing MTV?

  13 February 2006

The Argentine indie band, Video de Mi Pequeña Muerte now has a blog where they have posted their newest music video, “Cuando el sol prometio volver,” which was recorded using a digital camera and then uploaded to Google Video says Fernando Casale (ES).

Bolivia: Road Blockades in Altiplano

  13 February 2006

Ben Dangl describes his nine-hour bus ride from La Paz to Cochabamba where he encountered a road blockade in the mountainous town of Alitplano that inspired conversation with a fellow traveler named Kuki.

Argentina: E-Voting

  13 February 2006

Jeff Barry has found some interesting resources about Argentina's electronic voting pilot program last October.

Afghan Whispers: Hope, Hate & Fire

  13 February 2006

Afghan Reality talks about signs of hope for Afghanistan after the London conference. The blogger says: “Afghanistan Compact will serve as the international community's reassurance in helping rebuild Afghanistan. The document officially agreed upon at the two-day international conference in London starting January 31, 2006 highlights key areas where Afghanistan...

Russian Road Rules: Oleg Shcherbinsky's Case

  13 February 2006

In her latest column, Masha Gessen writes about a court verdict that has caused mass protests in Russia: a driver happened to be in the way of a speeding governor; the governor's car crashed and the governor died; the hapless driver was sentenced to four years in a labor settlement....

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