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13 October 2008

Stories from 13 October 2008

Southeast Asia: Views on U.S. elections and politics

  13 October 2008

U.S. elections matter to many people in Southeast Asia. Both U.S. presidential candidates are popular in the region. McCain was a former Navy pilot during the Vietnam War while a very young Obama lived in Jakarta for five years.

Russia: Financial Crisis Coverage

  13 October 2008

FP's Passport writes about the inadequate domestic coverage of the financial crisis in Russia: “When TV channels have mentioned the crisis, it has been in the context of American and European financial woes […].” Oleg Kozlovsky has more on the Russian media reaction to the crisis.

Lithuania: Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant

  13 October 2008

Chernobyl and Eastern Europe writes about plans to keep Lithuania's nuclear reactor open, despite an agreement with the EU to shut it down in 2009: “The reactor currently supplies 70% of Lithuania’s electricity, as well as power to Latvia and Estonia. Many Lithuanian leaders and citizens want to renege on...

Lithuania: Populism, parliament and power plant

  13 October 2008

Dr. Sean's Diary comments on Lithuania's parliamentary elections and the tendency towards populism in Baltic politics, whereas The 8th Cricle adds a discussion on the concurrent referendum, approving a prolongation of the Ignalina nuclear power plant. Lituanica posts the full results of both the parliamentary elections and the referendum.

Bolivia: Fidel Surco and Social Movements

  13 October 2008

Miguel Buitrago of MABB introduces us to Fidel Surco, who “might turn out to be one of the most powerful people in Bolivia.” Surco is the head of a collective of social movements that has inside access to President Evo Morales and can mobilize large number of supporters.

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USA: Homeland Guantanamo

  13 October 2008

A new interactive online game by human rights organization Breakthrough uses video to illustrate the injustices many documented and undocumented immigrants face in detention centers across the United States. In "Homeland Guantanamo", players assume the role of a journalist trying to get more information on real life detainee who has died in custody.

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Caribbean: Remembering Alton Ellis

  13 October 2008

Jamaican musician Alton Ellis, the "godfather of rocksteady", died on Friday 10 October, 2008. Jamaican bloggers look back at his career and pay tribute to a musical legend.

India: Hindu is not a God

  13 October 2008

Pastor Arnold Conrad termed “Hindu” as a God at a rally for John McCain in Davenport, USA. Varnam reacts: “Our God, Hindu, is not interested in a sophomoric ‘mine is bigger than yours’ competition. Mostly it is because our God, Hindu, is not a God.”

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