9 May 2009

Stories from 9 May 2009

Russia: Gas Pipeline Blast in Moscow

Russian bloggers are posting photos of the fire caused by a gas pipeline blast in Moscow a few hours ago: LJ user buchwurm, LJ user goodwine, LJ user principiale, LJ user maroot, LJ user volland. A YouTube video by HorseWhispererRF is here.

Ecuador: Local News from Cuenca Absent from National Newspapers

  9 May 2009

Esteban Mendieta wonders why news from the Ecuadorian city of Cuenca rarely makes the national newspapers [es], such as the important long distance running race “Las Cruces” that is celebrating its 45th edition. Much of the coverage is devoted to the larger cities of Quito and Guayaquil

East Timor: From sighs to steps forward with the use of the Internet

  9 May 2009

Being willing to listen what bloggers are talking about, Global Voices faces big challenges to cover the blogospheres of regions where people are not using citizen media. That is the case of East Timor, where there are many Internet connectivity problems which make blogging very difficult. But what are the challenges that bloggers from East Timor face when uploading content to the Internet? And what are the projects, nonetheless, arising in the Timorese blogosphere?

Taiwan: Lessons in diplomacy

  9 May 2009

The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato reviews the book Nixon and Mao: The week that changed the world. He says the book offers lessons for the US and Taiwan in their current diplomacy with China.

Indonesia: Battle over Intellectual Property Rights

  9 May 2009

Recently the US Trade Representative placed Indonesia in a Priority Watch List of countries where Intellectual Property Rights violations are rampant. The slipping of Indonesia's status from Watch List to Priority Black List is considered a slap on the face by Indonesian officials. Indonesia bloggers react on the issue.

Sri Lanka: Unbowed and Unafraid

  9 May 2009

ICT For Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) informs that a new Sri Lankan website named “Unbowed and Unafraid” – has been launched today, which “aims to continue the spirit of investigative journalism of the slain Editor of the Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge.”

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