3 December 2007

Stories from 3 December 2007

Romania: Documentary on Radio Free Europe

  3 December 2007

Transatlantic Politics writes about a Romanian documentary “about what Radio Free Europe meant for the listeners in the Communist block, especially Romanians”: “It was the only trustworthy medium in a sea of Communist propaganda. It was also highly risky to listen to it.”

Ukraine: Airbus for the President

  3 December 2007

Foreign Notes writes about Victor Yushchenko's plans to acquire “a brand-new Airbus A319 presidential airplane priced $40-$60 million, even though only about half that sum had been ear-marked for upgrading the president's flight.”

Russia: Illarionov; Q&A With the New York Times

  3 December 2007

La Russophobe posts translation of an article by Andrei Illarionov, former economic policy advisor to Vladimir Putin, in which he writes: “A year and a half ago, it was a question of premonitions of a catastrophe. One and a half months ago – prologue to a catastrophe. And now –...

Russia: More on the Duma Election

  3 December 2007

The previous Global Voices post on the general elections in Russia was a translation of Russian bloggers' views; the post below deals with what some of the English-language Russia bloggers have been writing recently.

Georgia: Exit Polls

  3 December 2007

Social Science in the Caucasus examines the possible role of exit polls in the coming presidential election in Georgia and concludes that they are no substitute for a properly conducted vote.

Bangladesh: Genocide and Media

  3 December 2007

Mash on the suppression of media reports on the genocide in Bangladesh in 1971, and with links to the archives in various newspapers with articles on the same.

The hazards of journalism in West Africa

  3 December 2007

In a country whose name means “the land of upright people,” accounts of corruption will always find their way into Burkina Faso’s media. In this country with proud history of fighting kleptocracy, however, something now seems terribly wrong.

China: Report from Hong Kong on sweatshop

  3 December 2007

After long effort, the Hong Kong-based student organization SACOM (Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior大学师生监察无良企业行动) published a report on Dell Computer and its suppliers’ misconducts related to labor rights in mainland China. Here is a collection of voices and replies from domestic websites.

Peru: Sexual Orientation Discrmination

  3 December 2007

The Peruvian Congress is debating whether to ratify the Ibero-American Agreement on the Rights of Young People, which would include the topic of sexual orientation. El Blog de Morsa [es] writes why some sectors are hesitant.

Guatemala: A Tasteless Advertising Campaign

  3 December 2007

A series of advertisements from a Guatemalan shoe company that depicted dead women wearing the fashionable shoes caused an uproar. In a country, where the murder of women happens at an alarming rate, these ads were especially deemed to be in poor taste. Guatemalan bloggers protest and announce boycotts of the shoe company.

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