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9 April 2009

Stories from 9 April 2009

Moldova: More on Social Media Aspect of Protests

Ethan Zuckerman writes about the social media and other aspects of the protests in Moldova: “I posted the following to Twitter: ‘NYTimes argues Twitter leads to Moldova riots. Moldovan gov’t...

Ukraine: “Operation Yatsenyuk”

Leopolis writes about the prospects of Arseny Yatsenyuk – “a glimmer of hope shines for many in Ukraine who are fed up.”

Moldova: “A ‘Romanian’ Flavor”

MoldovAnn posts an update on Moldova, including notes on “a ‘Romanian’ flavor to the demonstrations” – and this on reports “that internet was cut off”: “Sasha said that external internet...

Russia: “Extorting the Victims of Beslan”

A translation of LJ user varfolomeev-v‘s report (RUS) on how “The State is demanding money from former hostages in Beslan” – at Robert Amsterdam's blog.

Moldova: Twitter Becomes “Collection of Spam”

Scraps of Moscow quotes Nicu Popescu, who writes: “If during the first day Twitter had live news from the main square, today Twitter has become a collection of spam.” Reviews...

Moldova: Two More Reports from Chisinau

Two more installments from Chisinau guest-blogger Dorina – at Kosmopolito, here and here. Among other things, she mentions inaccessibility of certain sites in Moldova, including Facebook earlier today.

Peru: Ex-President Fujimori Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori received his sentence: 25 years in prison convicted for crimes against humanity during his 1990-2000 administration. He was found to be guilty in his role...

Moldova: “Twitter is Blocked”

Mihai Moscovici reports that “Twitter is blocked in Moldova.”

Macedonia: Facebook Removes Ministry of the Interior's Personal Profile

Creation and subsequent removal of the Facebook personal profile of the Ministry for Internal Affairs of Republic of Macedonia (MOI) attracted significant attention of the Macedonian public. Filip Stojanovski provides...

Palestine: Parallels with Native Americans

Samuel Nichols, an American who works with the Christian Peacemaker Teams in the West Bank, writes about the parallels he sees between the history of the Native Americans and the...

Georgia: Keeping an eye on Tbilisi protests

Frontline Club blogger Guy Degen posts an update on the opposition protests in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. The media blogger also is also posting live updates from his mobile phone...

India: The 49 – 0 Vote

I Say What I Feel….. describes the unique feature of the provision of the 49-0 vote (no vote) according to the Indian constitution: “Suppose, highest number of votes for a...

Pakistan: The Taliban Flogging Video Controversy

Faisal K. at Deadpan thought comments on the claims that the Taliban flogging video is a fake: “I personally do not think the video is a fake one but the...

Brunei: Creating Environmental Awareness

The Earth Hour event highlighted the need for continued awareness on the need to preserve the fragile environment. Many bloggers in Brunei supported the Earth Hour event. But there are...

Pakistan: Impact Of Daylight Saving Time

Hina Safdar at Chowrangi discusses the impact of Daylight Saving Time (DST) on human health. Pakistan has decided to advance clocks by one hour from 15th of April 2009.

India Elections '09: Bloggers on the Varun Gandhi controversy

Election campaigning is in full swing in India and amidst all the frenzy, the Pilbhit constituency in Uttar Pradesh, has come under the scanner after one of its young BJP...

Fiji: Court rules military government illegal

Fiji’s bloggers are reacting to a recent court ruling that deems the country’s military-backed government illegally came to power in December 2006. The court asks Fiji’s President to appoint a...

UAE: May 9 BarCamp Planned for Dubai

“After the DemoCamps, Tweetups, and Twestival; Dubai will soon be witnessing another interesting event: BarCamp UAE,” writes Mohamed Marwen Meddah of StartUp Arabia, about this May 9 event.

Georgia: Opposition protests in Tbilisi (Updated)

Twenty years after clashes with Soviet troops outside the main government building in Tbilisi left 20 dead, the Georgian capital today braced itself for possible problems as the country's opposition...

Palestine: Twittering Gazan Mom Stranded at Cairo Airport Deported after 36 Hours

Her tweets have gone silent and her last message spoke of a deportation to somewhere other than home. Home is Gaza in Palestine, which Laila El-Haddad and her two American-born...

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