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14 June 2009

Stories from 14 June 2009

Iran: Protest continues

GreenVote twittered [fa] that Mir Hussein Mousavi called his supporters to demonstrate in the streets of Tehran and other cities on Monday. Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, two reformist candidates, claim ballot fraud in Friday's presidential election.

Azerbaijan: Expensive donkey

In Mutatione Fortitudo comments on news that a donkey costing $18,500 has been purchased using funds from the Azeri State Budget. The blog says that $179,700 was spent on such purchases last year and wonders why.

Azerbaijan: Rhetoric of Hate

Fighting windmills? Take a pill comments on the rhetoric of hate that often prevents Armenians and Azerbaijanis from being in contact with each other while the conflict between the two countries remains unresolved. The blogger says that she wants peace and cares about people rather than nationalities.

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Cambodia: Controversial Angkor Wat lighting project

  14 June 2009

To promote "night lighting" tours and to reverse the 20 per cent drop in visitors, the Cambodian government has installed artificial lighting in the 11th century-old Angkor Wat Temple. This project is opposed by some heritage conservationists and concerned Cambodian citizens. Angkor Wat is the most popular tourist site in Cambodia and is recognized as a World Heritage site.

Taiwan: Japan meeting highlights China threat

  14 June 2009

An exchange between Hsiao Bi-Khim (蕭美琴),the DPP's director of international affairs, and Wu Shumin (武樹民), the Chinese Consulate-General in Fukuoka, at a meeting in Fukuoka, Japan highlighted the tensions that exist between Taiwan and China. Bi-Khim described the incident on her blog (zh). The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato says that the...

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