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13 April 2009

Stories from 13 April 2009

Serbia: Good and Bad Things About Belgrade

Five “good things” and three “bad things” about Belgrade – at Balkan File.

Hungary: “The Rise and Fall of Ferenc Gyurcsány, Part II”

“The Rise and Fall of Ferenc Gyurcsány, Part II” – at Hungarian Spectrum.

Moldova: More on Twitter

More on Twitter and last week's events in Moldova – at Ethan Zuckerman's My Heart's in Accra and Evgeny Morozov's Net Effect.

Ukraine: Luxury Cars and Taxpayers’ Money

Ukrainiana writes about Ukrainian officials’ luxury cars acquired on taxpayers’ money, “a cheap commodity in Ukraine.”

Russia, Belarus: Internet News Roundup

Svetlana Gladkova of Profy reports on the intention of the Russian Anti-Monopoly Service “to officially include Microsoft in the register of monopolies doing business in the country” and on president...

U.S., Europe: Clinton's Message on Roma Day

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a video message in recognition of the International Roma Day: video and text – at U.S. Department of State Blog.

USA: Deploying a Pro-Immigration Web 2.0 Strategy

The Opportunity Agenda is holding an open online seminar (webinar) on April 16, 2009 (3pm EST) to advise activists on how to develop social media strategies for supporting pro-immigration reform...

Slovenia: “Ljubljana to Get ‘Tito Street'”

Sleeping With Pengovsky writes about Ljubljana mayor's initiative to name a street after Josip Broz Tito, who, in Slovenia, “is remembered for things both excellent and terrible.”

Thailand: Fake Red Shirt application

Thai 101 translates a fake Red Shirt membership application which was probably made by critics of the red-shirted protesters. The Red Shirts are demanding the resignation of Thailand's Prime Minister.

Thailand protests: Shopping stores were closed

Shopping stores and other local businesses were forced to close in Bangkok as violence erupted between government troops and opposition Red Shirts yesterday.

Bangkok protests: Black Songkran

Songkran, the Thai New Year celebrated from April 13 – 15, is supposed to be a joyous event in Thailand. But this year’s Songkran has been described as the “Black...

Pakistan: The Root Cause Of The Problems

Bilal Qureshi at Pak Tea House opines that denial is the root cause of the problems in Pakistan and comments: “Unless Pakistanis agree that Taliban are not the answer to...

Iran: Free Potatoes and Election

Several bloggers reported that Iranian government tries to ‘get people's votes in June presidential election by distributing free potatoes in different cities’.Sibzamini(means potato in Persian) is an Iranian blog that...

Indian Elections 2009: Allegations and Concerns of The Common People

The run up to Indian general elections sure looks like a spicy Bollywood movie. Big actors from major political parties and their activists are busy hurling allegations at each other...

Cuba, U.S.A.: “Economic Emigrants”

From Havana, Generation Y remembers “events such as the Mariel Boatlift”, adding: “Emigration happens more quietly now, in rocky coves where—in the early hours every morning—someone launches themselves into the...

Caribbean: Easter Traditions

Bloggers from Trinidad and Tobago, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti and even from the diaspora discuss Caribbean Easter traditions.

Trinidad & Tobago: Mainstream Media

Keith in Trinidad has issues with the local mainstream media, saying: “‘Responsible journalism’ appears to have joined the ranks of ‘Police intelligence’ and ‘Honourable Member of Parliament'”.

Barbados: Sam Lord's Castle

“Five years ago CLICO Barbados said they would restore Sam Lords Castle as part of a major tourist development”, but the promise has not materialized; bloggers Barbados Free Press and...

Jamaica: Debt Relief

Although Jamaica Salt reports that the island “has had some welcome relief from its huge, crippling debt”, the blogger is sceptical that the money saved will be channeled into the...

Guyana: Stupid is as stupid does

Guyanese blogger Imran Khan is convinced he must be stupid – why else would he fail to see the logic behind President Jagdeo's advice to flood-besieged farmers to diversify into...

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