11 December 2009

Stories from 11 December 2009

Ukraine: “Bumpy Road to Democracy”

  11 December 2009

At OpenDemocracy.net, Andreas Umland writes about two books that “cast light on what the Orange Revolution was really about, and review its significance against the background of developments in Russia.” At Jamestown Foundation Blog, Tammy Lynch covers the issues brought up during the recent EU-Ukraine summit – here and here.

Ukraine: Emotions and Politics

  11 December 2009

Emotionally charged Ukrainian politics – at Ukrainiana: a “shocktivist” women's movement FEMEN on a popular TV talk show; and a televised quarrel between the Ukrainian president and the interior minister.

COP15 and the dreams of a Nation

  11 December 2009

Bangladeshi blogger Fakir Elias writes a moving poem about the indigenous needs of a Nation and how it is perhaps getting overshadowed in the COP15 buzz

The perils of paid-for news

  11 December 2009

Soumyadip at Cutting the Chai talks about the dangers of sponsored news and why he has come to rely more “on the opinions of individuals who are unassociated with the media: the bloggers, the twitterers, the forums”.

Chile: Leading Candidates for Presidential Elections

  11 December 2009

On the road to Chile's presidential election on January 2010, four candidates lead the first round of voting on December 13: Alliance for Change's Sebastián Piñera, Concertación's Eduardo Frei, independent candidate Marco Enríquez-Ominami, and from the left wing Juntos Podemos Más party, Jorge Arrate.

Russian Google Books Site Launched

RuNet Echo  11 December 2009

Google launched its “Books” project in Russian language [RUS], reports Russian radio “Mayak” [RUS]. The corporation will face serious competition from other 10 large Russian e-libraries with lib.ru [RUS] being the oldest and most popular.

China: Government shuts down BitTorrent sites, netizens distressed

  11 December 2009

Chinese Internet users are scrabbling for downloads from BitTorrent (BT) websites following speculation that authorities will completely shut them down. The largest BitTorrent websites in China like BTCHINA, VeryCD and the Garden of Eden have been closed down or ordered to delete all links to downloaded films or TV series in the...

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