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4 June 2010

Stories from 4 June 2010

Haiti: “No” to Monsanto

“Today, tens of thousands of Haitian farmers and earthquake-displaced peasants will gather on the occasion of International Environment Day to preserve the agricultural lifeblood of the nation”: Repeating Islands blogs...

Trinidad & Tobago: Broken Promise

Trinidad and Tobago's new Prime Minister has reneged on her promise to not move into her predecessor's residence, prompting B.C. Pires to comment: “What the palace stands for is clear…and...

Jamaica: Extortion

Jamaica Salt blogs about the alleged “extortion rackets going on in downtown Kingston, linked to the power held by Dudus.”

Trinidad & Tobago: About those Laptops…

The recently elected government of Trinidad and Tobago has promised free laptops for children about to enter secondary school; KnowTnT.com has a better idea: “Schools. Infrastructure that supports broadband internet...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Gulf Spill

Labrish Jamaica wonders whether the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will affect the Caribbean, while the incident has made Trinidad and Tobago's This Beach Called Life “think...

Iran: A blog for Derakhshan

Hossein Derakhshan‘s family has launched a blog for this jailed blogger. Family says that Hossein is leading prayer meetings. They also say Hussein wanted to serve his country.

Iran:”Hizbollah” interrupted Khomeini Grandson's speech

Culturallogic says [fa] religious hard-liners chanted slogans against the grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini at a state ceremony marking the 21st anniversary of the Iranian spiritual leader's death...

Iran: Majid Tavakoli stopped his hunger strike

Majid Tavakoli, an Iranian student activist, stopped his hunger strike when he was transferred from confinement cell to public prison. You can see in Nasabonline blog Tavakoli's mother when she...

Brazil: Landlocked Crowds set up a Beach in a Mountain Town

When at the end of last year, Belo Horizonte’s City Hall published a decree banning events of any nature from taking place at one of the most popular squares in...

Guatemala: Video Shows Aftermath of Storm Agatha

A video (in English) posted on HablaGuate shows the aftermath of storm Agatha in Ciudad Vieja, a “coffee-growing community located on the base of the ‘volcán de agua’ (water volcano)...

Russia: State regulation of metals market

Streetwise Professor reflects upon the ongoing discussion in Russia about regulating the metals’ market by price fixing, and Prime Minister Putin's active involvement in this matter.

Czech Republic: Gender and youth in politics

Dr. Sean's Diary scrutinizes the gender and youth balance among parties and deputies in the newly elected Czech parliament.

Belarus: Europe via Minsk and Caracas

Volha Charnysh of Belarus Digest describes how Belarus now imports Venezuelan crude oil, refines it, and re-exports it to Europe, all in a complex scheme to lessen Minsk's dependence on...

Russia: Death of Voznesensky

Vadim Nikitin of Foreign Policy Association's Russia blog posts a eulogy to Russian-Soviet poet and dissident Andrei Voznesensky, who died on June 1.

Russia-USA: First Stalin memorial on American soil

LJ user gordyian draws attention to [RUS] the inauguration of the first ever US monument to Stalin, forming part of a Bedford, Virginia, World War II memorial park.

Russia: Are Websites Responsible for User Comments?

The latest edition of the Supreme Court's decision says online news media will be responsible for user comments left on their websites, gazeta.ru reports [RUS]. A previous version implied no accountability...

Russia: Relations Between Bloggers and Car Manufacturers

Autonews.ru compares [RUS] different attitudes towards bloggers among foreign car manufacturers and AutoVaz (the largest car manufacturer in the country). If western companies tend to cooperate with bloggers, AutoVaz considers...

Russia: Mapping Top Bloggers and Regional Communities

Alexey Sidorenko shares his analysis of the data on Russia's top bloggers and regional communities.

Lebanon: Blogosphere buzzing after Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla

Israel's attack on a Gaza aid convoy that killed at least 10 peace activists has sparked an international outcry, no less in Lebanon. The Lebanese blogosphere reacted sharply to news...

Syria: Lash Out Continues Against Israel's Raid on Gaza Aid Convoy

The deadly Israeli raid on the aid convoy headed to Gaza to break the blockade has once again brought the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza into the limelight. The political...

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