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20 March 2010

Stories from 20 March 2010

Russia: Bloggers Expose Election Fraud Techniques

The recent elections for local administrative offices in Russian regions were the first to show the power of Web 2.0. in uncovering voting violations. Bloggers would gather evidence with their...

Iran: Obama's Norouz message

President Obama sends a message to those celebrating the Persian holiday of Nowruz (Norouz), and in particular to the people and government of Iran. Here is the message in You...

Iran: Raising money for Iranian journalist refugees

Balatarin web community is raising money for Iranian journalist refugees. The goal is to raise 15000 dollars.

Russia to Investigate Closure of iFolder

Russian Minister of Interior Rashid Nurgaliev gave an order to check  if the action of police against a popular Russian hosting ifolder.ru was legal. According to Lenta.ru, the order was given following...

Martinique: Election, tension and abstention

On Sunday March 14th, all French citizens including those in the four French overseas departments were asked to vote for the regional elections... but two major elections in a three-month...

“Damas de Blanco:” A Week of Protest in Cuba

Cuba's Damas de Blanco protests come on the heels of a flutter of international condemnation incited by the hunger striker Orlando Zapata Tamayo's death last month. Wednesday's crackdown by Cuban...

Martinique, French Guiana: Murder & Politics

Martinican blogger Bel Balawou posts [Fr] an homage to the late policeman (from French Guiana) who was killed in the line of duty by an ETA Basque terrorist in the...

French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique: March 19th 1946

Guadeloupean blogger Anba pyé mango-la wonders [Fr] about the situation of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion, former colonies which became the four overseas departments of the French Republic, sixty-four...

Iraq: Seven Years On

With the recent elections still fresh in the news it is all too easy to forget that the anniversary of the start of the war is this week. But this...

China: Revaluing the One-Child Policy

Amidst talk of an aging society and a depleting demographic dividend, appeals for a reconsideration of China’s One-Child Policy were voiced during the annual meetings of the National People’s Congress...

Macedonia: If There Was No Internet

Macedonian bloggers and other new media users offer their responses to the question, "How internet changed your life?"

Moldova: Homemade Wine Diary

An expat's homemade wine production diary from Moldova – at Moldovarious.com.

Serbia: Diaspora Serb's Musings on “Serbs, Media, Justice and Me!”

A Diaspora Serb's views on collective blame, collective guilt and other relevant issues – at Balkan Anarchist.

U.S.: Belarusian Diaspora and the 2010 Census

Belarus Digest reports that “the Belarusan-American Association starts a new campaign with compelling slogan ‘Are you proud you’re Belarusian? Identify yourself on the 2010 census form!'”

Russia: Filipina Babysitter and Moscow Police

English Man in Moscow recounts his family's Filipina babysitter's ordeal with the Russian police.

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