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6 May 2008

Stories from 6 May 2008

Angola: On the reform of the Portuguese language

Gociante Patissa [pt] invites readers to debate the proposed reform of the Portuguese language. Talking about language, the blogger is also responsible for the first ever blog in Umbundu language,...

Russia: “Russia – A Sovereign Democracy?”

Vilhelm Konnander posts an abstract of his report “on the state of democracy in Russia.”

Soviet History: “Agitation Trials”

Sean's Russia Blog comments on the article about Soviet “agitation trials,” which appeared in the Russian-language weekly Kommersant-Vlast – and was translated into English at Robert Amsterdam's blog.

Russia: Victory Day in 2005 (And Now)

Scraps of Moscow posts pictures from the 2005 Victory Day parade preparations and writes: “Hard to believe it has been three years since Moscow marked the 60th anniversary of the...

Russia: Gazprom's Stasi Connection

Robert Amsterdam writes about “the Stasi connection to Gazprom.”

Ukraine, Russia: Gas Market News

Kremlin, Inc writes, among other things, about “the entry of Gazprom’s fully-owned subsidiary into Ukraine’s gas market.”

Russia: “The March, Sort Of”

The Russian opposition was to hold a protest rally on May 6 in Moscow, on the eve of Dmitry Medvedev's inauguration as president Vladimir Putin's replacement, but city officials refused...

Guatemala: Remembering Bishop Gerardi and His Report “Never Again!”

Ten years ago, Bishop Juan Gerardi released a report called “Guatemala, Never Again!,” which contained powerful testimonies of those forever affected by the armed conflict in Guatemala. The report provided...

Zimbabwe: Using New Technologies to Fight for Democracy

In countries such as Zimbabwe where media freedom is extremely restricted, new technologies have become powerful tools for political campaigning, communication, advocacy and mobilisation. Since Robert Mugabe turned the country...

Sri Lanka: Banning independent media?

Free Media Sri Lanka reports – “Defence Secretary calls journalists ‘traitors’ and calls for ban on independent media”.

Hong Kong: Minimum Allowable Wage for foreign maids

Filipino blogger Kapet's Yosi clarifies the myth that the foreign maid's salary in Hong Kong is one of the highest in the world. Many Filipinos are domestic helpers in Hong...

Myanmar: Unprecedented cyclone disaster

Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar last weekend which devastated five regions. State-run media reported that more than 22,000 people are found dead with another 41,000 missing. The death toll could still...

Zimbabwe: Hey there! Mugabe is using Twitter

Online political jokes: So, Mugabe is twittering!: “meetings, meetings, meetings. very boring. 12:03 PM April 04, 2008 from web Ooooo, nervous morning. Sending the wife shopping. She is getting on...

Pakistan: Alternatives to the Madrassa

CHUP! on a newspaper report on the trend of Turkish schools in Pakistan offering an alternative to Madrassa education.

Japan: Common Web TV Standard

Serkan at Tokyotronic reports on news that a common Web TV standard will be rolled out in Japan as early as next year. Companies involved in the move, such as...

Pakistan: The food crisis and worse

All Things Pakistan voices concern – “the food crisis comes hand in hand with an energy crisis and in an environment already rife with political uncertainty and extremist threats.” and...

Bangladesh: No appeals for Burma?

imperfect world 2008 wonders why no charity appeals are being made for the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma.

South Africa: Standard Bank talks to bloggers

The Standard Bank in South Africa responds to online comments: “So, I was really happy to see that not only did Standard Bank fix the problem quickly, but their Head...

Palestine: Moroccan Neighbourhood in Jerusalem

From Palestine, Roba (Ar) writes about the Moroccan neighbourhood in Jerusalem.

Kuwait: Election's Poll

From Kuwait, Hilaliya posts a poll for his readers on their expectations for the incoming parliamentary elections on May 17.

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