9 October 2006

Stories from 9 October 2006

Tajikistan: Blocked Websites

  9 October 2006

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 extend control over all facets of life in Tajikistan.

Kazakhstan: Parliamentary Democracy

  9 October 2006

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 means it.

Nigeria: the culture of corruption

  9 October 2006

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 are a failure. Your immediate and extended families will curse you…” Really? I didn’t know this. And as I peruse...

Kenya: the “murder of art”

  9 October 2006

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 thank a matatu poster for what I know about Che Guevara. The visual image on him on a route 58...

Peru: El Banco Financiero Listents to the Blogosphere

  9 October 2006

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, any blogger can figure out the world's problems on her weblog, but how does that change the real world?” One...

India: No donut for Orkut

  9 October 2006

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 anyone get harmed in any way if some jokers show a burning Indian flag? Does anyone get harmed in any...

Venezuela: Opposition Rally

  9 October 2006

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 Boyd.

Costa Rica: Amelia Rueda in the Blogosphere

  9 October 2006

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 new times, it remains to be seen if her weblog will accept readers’ comments.

Russia: Anna Politkovskaya's Murder

  9 October 2006

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 word from the Kremlin when the freedom of the press is trampled on by brutal suppression. The tacit message thus...

Serbia: A Bookstore in Pristina

  9 October 2006

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, but it seems to get rearranged, so that new juxtapositions appear, surprising you and offering new discoveries. It's rather like...

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