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13 September 2007

Stories from 13 September 2007

Iran: Dogs arrested

The blogger Dastan reports on the arrest of dogs by Iranian police on September 9th, to rid the country of ‘western influences’ and ‘immodesty’. The dog owners are shocked at...

Ukraine: Another Rigged Election?

Mark MacKinnon is astonished at “how quickly Ukraine appears to be tumbling back into the same trap” – towards a rigged election.

Afghanistan: Remembering September 11, 2001

Joshua Foust spent September 11, 2007 thinking about what he calls "the original war on terror," in Afghanistan. He collects local opinion and searches for hope amid the chaos.

Kazakhstan: Energy Twists and Media Tricks

Be it the crisis of the country's biggest oil project or the biases of the national media: Both big stories from Kazakhstan this week demonstrate that power is concentrated in...

Ukraine: Anniversary of Gongadze's Disappearance

IIU guestblogs at Orange Ukraine about the seventh anniversary of Georgy Gongadze's disappearance.

Ukraine: Election Turnout

Foreign Notes writes about the expected turnout for the Sept. 30 election.

Russia: “All Day Soviet Breakfast”

According to Copydude, “the number of operating hypermarkets in [Russia] does not exceed 150 for a population of 144 million.”

Japan: Prime Minister Abe Steps Down

After less than a year in office, with approval ratings dropping to record lows after a recent humiliating upper house election defeat, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo finally took the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Crime Statement

The Manicou Report is not impressed with a Trinidadian Independent Senator's statement on a crime-related issue.

Jamaica: Blogs on the Rise

Silicon Caribe says although “the blog as media is fledgling in the Caribbean…we’re excited to watch where it goes.”

Haiti: Flour Prices Go Up

“The phrase ‘give us this day our daily bread’ suddenly takes on a whole new meaning,” writes Theo at Pwoje Espwa as he talks about the sudden increase in the...

Cuba, Jamaica: Diplomatic Relations

Cuba Journal links to a Jamaican news story that confirms the island's newly elected government will continue to foster diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Trinidad & Tobago: Film Festival 2007

Both Studio Film Club and IZATRINI.com blog about the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.

Barbados: Net Neutrality

Notes From The Margin is concerned about the issue of Net Neutrality and how it affects the Caribbean: “For those of us on the outside of the US we could...

Bahamas: Climate Change

Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit blogs about “the economics of pollution”.

China: A Censored Lung Cancer Story

Minjian released an exclusive investigative story (as it has been censored by the Propaganda Department) about 4 mysterious deaths from lung cancer (zh). The 4 victims were workers in a...

China: Zhujian Delta Worker Band

Tang Wei Shan introduces a worker band, Green Band, in Zhujian Delta. The band was started 4 years ago in Shenzhen when two of the members were playing guitars in...

Taiwan: Losheng 911

Yesterday, Taiwan police forced into Losheng Sanatorium and evicted student and preservation activists. A video, Losheng 911, recording the history of Losheng struggle and the protest and eviction scenes has...

Panama: Expansion of Panama Canal

Tatiana attended the ceremony that marked the beginning of the expansion of the Panama Canal [ES], which included a speech by former US president Jimmy Carter (in Spanish). She also...

Japan: Abe's Resignation

Japan Observer was surprised by Abe's resignation and wrote down his first thoughts: The LDP is in trouble, but Mr. Abe's unexpectedly hasty exit gives the party a chance to...

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