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October, 2009

Stories from October, 2009

Russia: “Twitter Against Tyrants”

Oleg Kozlovsky links to and quotes from the text of a briefing held by US Helsinki Commission/Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, which included “a few recent examples of...

Russia: Riot Police vs “Senior Citizens”

Oleg Kozlovsky reports on a scandal that broke out after riot police used – during a drill – “water cannons, shock grenades, and tear gas” to disperse “a group of...

The Balkans: Open Letter to Amnesty International

Samaha posts Ed Vulliamy's open letter to Amnesty International regarding the invitation to Professor Noam Chomsky to lecture in Northern Ireland – as well as background info on the campaign.

Russia: Nokia In and Out of LJ

Profy reports on the demise of Nokia's LiveJournal community: “But unfortunately for everyone (Nokia, the editorial team, and the overall corporate usage of social media) the community only existed for...

Slovakia, Hungary: “Linguistic Discontents”

Edward Lucas writes about the Slovak-Hungarian relations, including the “linguistic discontents.”

Slovenia, Croatia: Updates on Border Dispute

Sleeping With Pengovsky posts updates on the recent developments in the Slovenian-Croatian relations – here and here.

Egypt: The top 10 most influential people

Gamal Mubarak, son of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak -- who is expected to succeed his father -- was among the 2009 TIME 100 Finalists. Egyptian bloggers have their say in...

Uruguay: Two Plebiscites Fail to Pass

On the same day as the Presidential elections in Uruguay, voters did not pass two plebiscites that would have given Uruguayans abroad the right to vote and the annulment of...

Maldives: The Price Of Environmental Activism

Maldives hosted the first underwater cabinet meeting to make people realize the threat of global warming and its effect on the country. Applauding the intention and activism behind this initiative...

Peru: A Different Look at San Martín Statue in Lima

Juan Arellano of the blog Globalizado [es] has an up-close look at the Statue of General José de San Martín in Central Lima, Peru. As part of the events of...

India: A Campaign To End Domestic Violence

One in two women in South Asia faces violence in her home. Charukesi at A Time To Reflect writes about a campaign called Bell Bajao (ring the bell) which aims...

Sri Lanka: Paintings To Unite The Nation

“10 canvases painted by students who attended the Future Leaders Conference (FLC) 2009 were selected for display at the ‘Colombo Art Biennale 2009′,” informs Sri Lanka Unites. In these canvasses...

Argentina: Victims’ Testimony Against Members of Military Dictatorship

The La Plata branch of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights (APDH of its initials in Spanish) recently opened a blog to translate and share the testimonies of victims and...

India: Information For NRIs

Amreekan Desi has some practical information for the non resident Indians who are trying to go back to their motherland to settle there.

Anguilla: No News is Bad News

“Six members of the Royal Anguilla Police Force arrested in the last five years. Traditionally, the Anguilla public administration operates under the assumption that any bad news is better not...

“When it comes to swine flu, if the MoH sanitises our minds of the myths, there won’t be a need for special sanitisation of buildings”: KnowTnT.com comments on the Trinidad...

Barbados: Party Leader

“We have had some exciting days in Barbadian national politics”: Living in Barbados blogs about the power struggle in the opposition BLP party.

Jamaica: Police Corruption

“News of police corruption is sadly no surprise”: Letter from Jamaica wonders whether “we get the constabulary we deserve.”

Guyana: Uniformity

Individualism and free expression are made up of much more than clothing. Signifyin’ Guyana explains.

Japan: When Your Wife is Sick

When Japanese “corporate livestock” (社蓄 shachiku) culture and values on marriage collide – more than 300 people responded to this question on the mega forum Hatsugen Komachi: Should a husband...

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