13 September 2008

Stories from 13 September 2008

Russia: South Park Rally in Moscow

  13 September 2008

Robert Amsterdam writes about the South Park ordeal in Russia; LJ user al_31f posts photos from a Sept. 13 rally in Moscow in support of South Park and 2×2, the TV channel that was broadcasting the cartoon; YouTube videos from the rally are here, here, and here.

Honduras: Snubbing of New US Ambassador

  13 September 2008

Aaron Ortiz of Pensieve thinks that it is plain lunacy that the Honduran president Mel Zelaya snubbed the new US ambassador on the day that he was to present his diplomatic credentials, possibly out of solidarity with Bolivia, which had recently expelled the US ambassador in that country.

Peru: A Tie is Not a Triumph

  13 September 2008

Luis Aguirre from Bloodyhell [es] and Isabel Guerra from Las Burbujas Recargadas [es] think that the media are overestimating the 1-1 tie against Argentina achieved by the Peruvian national football team, which is an unexpected change of attitude since the same media had been saying that the team should “just go away.”

Bolivia: Government Declares Martial Law in Pando

  13 September 2008

Bolivia continues to face social unrest, as anti-government crowds occupied government institutions in the city of Santa Cruz, and other clashes with pro-government supporters in the regions of Pando left 15 dead. As a result, the government placed a state of emergency in that department. Other bloggers recount their experiences during the tense past few days.

Brazil: Justice aims at Twitter and hits innocent bloggers

  13 September 2008

If the Brazilian Electoral Justice is not quite sure about what the Internet is, their latest blunder proves that Twitter is completely alien to them. When trying to take down a fake mayoral candidate's profile on the popular network, they managed to take offline a blog that had nothing to do with the story. Mind you: They could have taken down the whole Twitter website instead.

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