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15 March 2010

Stories from 15 March 2010

Kyrgyzstan: Filtering of independent web-sites

Kyrgyz blogger writes that internet users in Kyrgyzstan have been deprived of access to Ferghana.Ru, the popular independent web-site that is critical of Central Asian governments.

Kazakhstan: Government reshuffled

KZBlog reports on a number of large changes to the Ministries of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: No gifts, no celebrations

KZBlog opines on the Kazakhstan president's recent speech, in which he condemned the gift-giving tradition among the bureacrats and warned against personal gifts to him on his looming 70th birthday...

Afghanistan: Attacks in Khost

Joshua Foust reviews the background of a recent suicide attack in Khost, Afghanistan.

Uzbekistan: Analyzing the extremists groups

Joshua Foust analyzes some questionable points from the SWJ essay about the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

Afghanistan: Photo-project for youth

Afghan PenLog reports on the international photography trainings project for the young men and women of Aghanistan, which has taken place in Philadelphia and ended up with an exhibition.

Afghanistan: Talking with insurgents

Joshua Foust criticizes the American push to negotiate with insurgent leaders in Afghanistan.

Kazakhstan: Libel Laws and OSCE

Joshua Foust reflects on Kazakhstan's libel laws, and how they might be undermining its chairmanship of the OSCE.

Bangladesh: Yellow Journalism

Estelle Visagie at Postcards From The Edge questions the quality of Bangladeshi journalism citing an example of misreporting of a ethnically sensitive news.

Bhutan: Showing Off

In preparation for the upcoming SAARC summit, the Bhutanese capital Thimphu is undergoing a massive cleanup drive. Tshering Tobgay comments: “We, (the) residents, must ask ourselves if our city really...

Sri Lanka: Finding A Middle Path

Dayan Jayatilleka at Groundviews proposes a home grown solution to find some common grounds among the two opposite camps in Sri Lanka on the issue of war crimes and human...

Sri Lanka: The Next Prime Minister

Lanka Rising weighs in why appointing the next prime minister for Sri Lanka can be a crucial affair for the country.

China: Should Google “Burn Its Boats” On The Way Out?

DigiCha discusses a possible strategy for Google to leave China. The strategy is “burning its boats” on the way out, which means taking the filters off and forcing the government...

China: Flashmob at Chengdu Electronics Science and Technology University

Around 1000 male students gathered outside the Chengdu Electronics Science and Technology University's building number 5 expecting to have a glimpse of a female student who wanted to look for...

China: Debating hukou reform

Earlier this month, 13 Chinese newspapers appealed to the National People's Congress' 3,000 delegates for social reforms. They attacked China's hukou (household registration system), which severely limits the access of...

Ukraine: “Deal for Yanukovych: Bandera for Mezhyhiria”

Here is how Steve Bandera of Kyiv Scoop explains a mock deal that he has offered to the newly-elected Ukrainian president: “The point is to show the absurdity of the...

Thailand: ‘Reds’ vow a bigger rally today

Despite the summer heat, at least a hundred thousand people marched in the streets of Bangkok yesterday. The anti-government Red Shirts are giving the Prime Minister until 12 noon today...

Poland: Put a smile on a child's face – it's easy!

Tomek and Weronika have always been keen volunteers, despite their young age. Last year, they started Dream Mail, a charity campaign that promotes writing letters and postcards to seriously ill...

Russia: Photos of Newspaper Office Assault

Regional newspaper Nasha Ryazan (Our Ryazan), published photos of armed men in military outfits (allegedly policemen) blocking the entrance to the newspaper's office. The assault can be connected with the...

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