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5 August 2009

Stories from 5 August 2009

Ukraine: Economy Update

Ukrainiana comments on Ukraine's economy: “Ours is an economy that thrives on cheap labor and cheap natural resources. The outcome? Poor living standards. A net population loss of more than...

Russia: Putin's Youth Militia?

A Step At A Time reports that “the Kremlin-led youth group, Nashi, decided to establish bands of militia consisting of disadvantaged youngsters armed with stun guns. Under the plan, hundreds...

Poland, UK: “Polish Action”

Sylwia Presley posts a review of a “new portal, Polish Action, dedicated to promotion of a positive image of Poles abroad.”

Russia: More on iPhone Sales

One more post on iPhone sales in Russia – at Profy.

Russia: “Astroturf Websites” Gone

A Fistful of Euros reports that “a number of pro-Russian astroturf websites” have vanished.

CEE, Central Asia: Post-Communist Leaders

A Fistful of Euros writes about “the first generation of post-Communist leaders”: “Well, here’s a question: almost 20 years later, how many of them are still running things? Not so...

Moldova: The President's Son

A Fistful of Euros writes about the Moldovan president's rich son.

Slovakia, Croatia: Football Fans Clash in Zilina

CzechFolks.com reports on clashes between Slovak and Croatian football fans that took place in a Slovak town of Zilina.

Slovakia, Hungary: New Slovak Language Law

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the new Slovak language law and reviews Hungarian reactions: “Is this a new effort to fuel nationalism despite, or perhaps because of, membership in the EU?”

IndieGoGo: fundraising for independent film-makers

IndieGoGo is a fundraising and promotion platform for independent movie makers where they can network, showcase their work and raise funds for their projects.

Bangladesh: Helping The Hijras

Husain Amer writes in The Bideshis about a small group called Hijras (transvestites and transsexuals) who are shunned from the conservative Bangladeshi society. A support group runs three learning centers...

Nepal: OLPC And Primary School Curriculum

Daniel Drake is working in Nepal to help the local One Laptop per Child implementation and writes about his experiences in his blog: “one of the things you learn early...

Iran: Protest continues in Iran

Iranian protestors chanted Allaho Akbar (God is Great) and other anti regime slogans near to Iranian parliament where Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sworn in as Iran's president on Wendesday.

India: The Free Education Bill

The Indian parliament has approved a bill guaranteeing free education for children aged between six and 14. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly discusses the background and the historical...

Iran: Mournful Mothers’ blog

Iranian mothers, who lost their child during the protest movement, launched [fa] a blog named Mournful Mothers.

Iran:Cartoonists Plan to Boycott Tehran Competition

According to Nik Kowsar, a leading Iranian political cartoonist, many of his colleagues have decided to boycott the Ninth Tehran International Cartoon Biennial, scheduled for late October. The boycott is...

Trinidad & Tobago: Movie-Making

“Trinidad and Tobago has many things going for it as an ideal location for making movies apart from rebates and government bureaucracy”: This Beach Called Life lists the twin island...

Bahamas: The Public's Right To Know

“The debate over the port relocation, the harbour dredging and the future of Saunders Beach gradually ratcheted into a controversy and has now turned into a raucous political brawl,” writes...

Barbados: Slow Speeds

After considerable testing, Barbados Free Press concludes that “both broadband and dial-up access to [the blog's] website is being ‘throttled’ on a rotating basis by Barbados-based Internet providers.”

Bermuda: Challenging the Status Quo

“Why is it that when it comes down to that final vote Bermudians get scared and stick with the status quo?”: 21 Square examines the island's political climate, while Bermuda...

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