7 March 2009

Stories from 7 March 2009

Brazil: Uproar over newpaper's editorial on “mild dictatorship”

  7 March 2009

The Brazilian blogosphere reacts strongly against an op-ed by broadsheet Folha de São Paulo calling the country's former military dictatorship "mild". A petition against the papers use of 'mild' has gathered over 7,500 signatures in one week, and this Saturday a live blogged protest organized by bloggers gathered over 200 people.

Egypt: The AUC Gestapo

Socialist revolutionist and Hossam El Hamalawy wrote their concerns over the relocation of American University in Cairo (AUC) from downtown Cairo to the desert. They also highlighted  the story of the six workers who died during the four years it took to build the new campus, based on an article...

Ukraine: Foreign Minister Fired, Naftogaz Office Stormed

This has been a pretty turbulent week in Ukraine: on Tuesday, the parliament fired Volodymyr Ohryzko, Ukraine’s foreign affairs minister, and on Wednesday, riot police stormed the Kyiv headquarters of Naftogaz, the Ukrainian national energy company. Below are some bloggers' reactions to these developments, as well as a few notes on the financial crisis in Ukraine.

Kyrgyzstan: No Rest For the Internet

The head of the State Patent Department [en] Ulan Melisbek told [ru] that this department will try to take control of the service registration of domain names in the .kg zone. Ulan Melisbek is sure that the .kg zone represents the national interests, and its administration should be under state...