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18 June 2007

Stories from 18 June 2007

Russia: Lost ATM Card

A horror story, almost, from Darkness At Noon: you're in Russia, and you use one of those ATM machines that gives you the money first and then returns your card, and you take the money but forget about the card – and then the horror begins: “Do you mean to...

Serbia, Finland: Marija Serifovich's Infamous Quote

Belgrade 2.0 posts a video of a press conference with Marija Serifovic, who won this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, at which she makes the following remark about Finland: “erm, the country didn’t particularly suit me, and I don’t like those yellowish, “see-through” people… I despise them…” Bloggers discuss...

Ukraine: Elton John and Kids With AIDS

Michelle Knisley of Greetings from Kiev attended Elton John's AIDS awareness concert, along with approximately 200,000 other people. Before the concert, she happened to watch a TV clip about the orphanage she used to work at and recognized two girls with AIDS she once played with.

Romania: GayFest 2007 in Bucharest

Plenty of pictures and a report from the GayFest 2007 in Bucharest by Romerican: “Perhaps a statement of solidarity, the Romanian Jandarmeria had stationed a large number of attractive men in uniform alongside the gay paraders.”

Brazil: From Legal Commons to Social Commons

  18 June 2007

Ronaldo Lemos published his paper “From Legal Commons to Social Commons: Brazil and the Cultural Industry” at iCommons.org, describing some of the current transformations regarding the processes by which information and culture are generated, from the point of view of developing countries.

Sri Lanka: Environment and Religion

  18 June 2007

Scourge! catches part of a sermon by a Buddhist priest, and points out that the priest appears to suggest that a “western” lifestyle is harmful to the environment.

Nepal: Bhutanese Refugees

  18 June 2007

Kathmandu Speaks on the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, the urgent need to intervene, and India's big bully tactics in South Asia.

Iran:Abbas Amir Entezam, most senior political prisoner

You can see in Kosoof a photo of Abbas Amir Entezam who is the most senior political prisoner.Abbas Amir Entezam was deputy prime minister and government spokesman of Iran's provisional government after the revolution in 1979. In December 1979, he was charged with “treason” and spying for foreign governments.

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Arabeyes: The Middle East in Pictures

This week's pictorial tour of the Middle East takes us to a wedding with a difference in Amman, Kuwait in a dust storm, where Lebanese escape the news and finally a picture of a hatching Bulbul in a tribute to a loving father from Bahrain.

Zimbabwe: The Interception of Communications Bill

  18 June 2007

Last week, Zimbabwean parliament passed “The Interception of Communications Bill” that will allow the government to monitor telephones, emails and the Internet. Zimbabwean ISPs are condemning this law, which is waiting the approval of the Senate, because it will require them to purchase expensive monitoring equipments they cannot afford. Transport...

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