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14 April 2009

Stories from 14 April 2009

Georgia: Concerns emerge over opposition protests

As the opposition blocks off main roads in Tbilisi, some bloggers and other online commentators are starting to question the tactics employed by protesters in the Georgian capital. Nevertheless, most...

Ukraine, Russia: Local Women, Western Men

“Why Ukrainian women go for Western men” and vice versa – at IZO.

Russia: Attack on Lev Ponomarev

Very belatedly, links to posts on the attack on human rights activist Lev Ponomarev, at Robert Amsterdam's Blog – here, here, and here.

Russia: Failed DDoS Attack

Profy writes about a misguided DDoS attack carried out by opponents of a Russian reality show, who “did not bother to check who exactly their attack will target” and hit...

Ukraine: “New Safe Confinement” for Chernobyl

Chernobyl and Eastern Europe posts “a short video showing the design of the New Safe Confinement structure that is designed to cover the original Sarcophagus and remains of Reactor 4...

Poland: Discount Tickets for Foreign Kids

Travels Without My Spaniel wishes it was possible for foreigners to buy their kids discounted train tickets in Poland.

Russia, Ukraine: Education in Russian/Ukrainian

Window on Eurasia writes about “a Russian activist [who] has written President Dmitry Medvedev asking that the Kremlin help Russian regions provide assistance to Russian-language schools in Ukraine.”

Cuba, U.S.A.: Extending an Olive Branch?

The Obama administration yesterday announced some key changes to U.S. policy designed to "reach out to the Cuban people in support of their desire to freely determine their country’s future."...

Qatar, Dubai: Responding To British Media “Bashing”

In recent weeks reports in the British media about the Gulf states of Qatar, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, have provoked debate amongst bloggers in both places.

Egypt: Industrial Tweeting

Industrial Tweeting is coming to Egypt, notes Arabawy, who posts a photograph of textile “Ghazl el-Mahalla labor leader Kamal el-Fayoumi experimenting with Twitter…”

Egypt: Twitterfeed Tutorial

Egyptian blogger IRC President posts a video tutorial on the use of Twitterfeed on YouTube.

Sri Lanka: On Allegations By The Diaspora

The Blacklight Arrow comments: “the diaspora, organized and spurred by LTTE front organizations, chants its mantra of concentration camps and Sri Lankan government genocide of the Tamils, ignoring the fact...

Azerbaijan: Turkish music banned?

Following reported progress towards normalized ties between Yerevan and Ankara, In Mutatione Fortitudo comments on unverified pro-government news reports and blog posts in Armenia which quote questionable sources alleging that...

India: Geographical Mashup on Election

MapmyIndia is a public service website to help voters in India make an informed choice on issues that matter to them during the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Navigating easily from the...

Pakistan: Clamp On SMS Services

Jazba's blog reports that the Pakistan government is considering to suspend sms services in Pakistan to prevent the terrorists, who uses sms to execute their attacks. At present 70% of...

Bangladesh: Celebrating Bangla New Year

ASM Rahat Khan posts pictures of the Pahela Boishakh (Bangla New Year) celebrations and comments [bn]: “after seeing all these colors who will say that Bangladesh is a land of...

Brazil: Indian writers and poets on the blogosphere

Literature and poetry are the core subjects of this second article of a trilogy shining light on the Indian blogosphere in Brazil. The subject is controversial, with many claiming that...

Americas: The 5th Summit Gets Underway

The Fifth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Port of Spain, the capital city of the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, from April 17-20, 2009, is...

Algeria: Bouteflika Takes On Third Term

On Friday, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected for a third term in office, extending his already ten-year tenure. Along with former Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem, Bouteflika changed the constitution...

Western Sahara: Landmine Injures Five During Peaceful Protest

Last week, Saharawis and Spaniards stood together in solidarity against the berm (”Wall of Shame”) built between Morocco and the Western Sahara, over which Morocco claims sovereignty. The protest, dubbed...

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