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9 October 2006

Stories from 9 October 2006

Mauritius: Free Internet Access

Reunion blogger Pierrot Dupuy announces (Fr) that the government of Mauritius plans to facilitate free internet access for 40% of its population by the end of the year.

Afghanistan: Pakistan & Security

Afghan Warrior says that Pakistan must do more to control its territory so that the security situation in Afghanistan can improve.

Armenia: Time to Realign

Burnell of Blogrel says that Armenia should move away from thinking of Russia as the best export market for its products.

Kyrgyzstan: Roundup

Yulia of neweurasia rounds up the week in the Kyrgyz blogosphere.

Armenia: monochromosis armeniaca

Nareg discusses a phenomenon in Armenian fashion he calls monochromosis armeniaca.

Armenia: Return to Ararat

Christian Garbis spent the weekend on the plains of Ararat, and reports on the perseverance of a successful farmer, his surrogate father in Armenia, who works the land there.

Tajikistan: Blocked Websites

Alexander Sadikov reports on the Tajik government's decision to block access to certain “harmful” foreign websites that criticize the government, a move, Sadikov says, that indicates the government's determination to...

Kazakhstan: Parliamentary Democracy

Prominent politician and daughter of the president Dariga Nazarbaeva has proposed that Kazakhstan become a party list parliamentary democracy, reports Sean Roberts, who also discusses whether or not she really...

Nigeria: the culture of corruption

Grandiose Parlor thinks Naija Blog simplified and over-dramatized the corruption phenomenon in Nigeria: For example, the blog states “If you go into public office and don’t come out rich, you...

East Africa: Kenyans and Tanzanians are one people

Words of wisdom from African Affairs: English or no English, Tanzanians and Kenyans should embrace each other.

Kenya: the “murder of art”

Gream Houze opposes the ban on Matatu grafitti in Kenya: “The ban on Matatu grafitti is a sad one for me and I call it “The Murder of art”. I...

Nigeria: the politics of Niger Delta

The politics of Niger Delta: the emergence of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).

Peru: El Banco Financiero Listents to the Blogosphere

A common critique of weblogs is that they have no teeth. “The important insight of a single post gets lost in the overwhelming sea of words,” they say. Or, “sure,...

India: No donut for Orkut

India Uncut has a post on the possible chasing of Orkut in India because of a community that appears to hate India. “Let me put a question to you: does...

Venezuela: Opposition Rally

The established triumvirate of Venezuelan, opposition, English-language bloggers each give their own account of this weekend's rally in support of opposition candidate Manuel Rosales: Daniel Duquenal, Miguel Octavio, and Alek...

Argentina: Blogs and Politics at the City Legislature

Blogs and politics will intersect today at the City Legislature of Buenos Aires, where a debate is scheduled at 7 p.m. about “the right to information and new technologies [ES].

Costa Rica: Amelia Rueda in the Blogosphere

fusildechispas welcomes [ES] famed Argentine-Costa Rican journalist Amelia Rueda [ES] to the blogosphere. Rueda's impressive CV is also available [ES]. While her first posting [ES] says she is adapting to...

Russia: Anna Politkovskaya's Murder

Vilhelm Konnander writes about Anna Politkovskaya murder and Vladimir Putin's silence: “The fact remains: When Russia's “first journalist” is silenced, Russia's “first person” stays silent. No word from Putin, no...

Serbia: Art Exhibition in Kosovo

Kushtrim Xhakli writes about the Haki Xhakli Exhibition in Pristina, Kosovo.

Serbia: A Bookstore in Pristina

Wu Wei writes about her favorite bookstore in Pristina, Kosovo: “I don't know why I find it so satisfying a place to browse. The stock presumably doesn't change that much,...

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