9 June 2010

Stories from 9 June 2010

Costa Rica: Chinchilla to Answer Questions Via Web

  9 June 2010

The blog Fusil [es] posted a YouTube video [es] where Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla talks about her efforts to communicate with the citizenry. As Fusil explains, she will respond via YouTube to questions asked on Google Moderator through Pregúntele a la Presidenta [es] (Ask the President). Users will select what they consider...

Russia: Street Action to Save Khimki Forest

Bloggers Igor Podgorny [RUS] and bb-mos [RUS] post pictures of the street action to protect a historic oak forest north of Moscow. Legally protected Khimki Forest Park is endangered to be completely replaced due to the construction of the new Moscow-St.Petersburg highway [EN].

Bolivia: The Cost of Internet Domains

  9 June 2010

In Bolivia, the cost to obtain a country-specific internet domain has been seen as too expensive. Some bloggers and twitterers have expressed their concern on the Facebook page of the state institution administering the domains, and carried over their campaign to their blogs and Twitter accounts.

Rwanda: Following The Peter Erlinder Case

  9 June 2010

Editions Sources du Nil has been posting several updates about the arrest of US citizen Peter Erlinder on May 28th, charged with denial of genocide (fr). They report that his detention has been prolonged and that he seems to be weakened since his arrest (fr).

Cuba: Slow Going

  9 June 2010

While the Cuban government and the Catholic Church engage in talks, Without Evasion says any developments “are absolutely insufficient and extremely slow with respect to the ultimate objective of the civic resistance of The Ladies in White and Guillermo Fariñas: their definitive liberation.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Dual Role

  9 June 2010

KnowTnT.com sees “three pillars” regarding “the issue of whether the new Minister of Works and Transport, Mr Jack Warner, should resign his FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President roles.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Media & Food

  9 June 2010

“The food industry is engaged in a number of strategies, sometimes considered questionable, to control the dissemination of information and the general response to their products”: Simply Trini Cooking considers how advertising influences food choices.

Russia: Prosecutor's Office Forces Provider to Close Website

Prosecutor's office of Zabaikalsky region [EN] demanded to block [RUS] the website of newspaper “Russkoye Zabaikalie” (previously available at www.srn.megalink.ru), whose content has been officially recognized as “extremist.” Earlier, the newspaper's editor was given a 1-year suspended sentence [RUS] for xenophobic and anti-Semitic articles.

Brazil: “Why does not Brazil want to punish torturers?”

  9 June 2010

Leonardo Sakamoto asks [pt] a tough question that many Brazilians have posed to themselves: “Why does not Brazil want to punish torturers?”. He quotes a recent poll in which Brazilian population said that they do not want to punish those who tortured hundreds of people during the 1964 military dictatorship...

Armenia: Music video homophobia concerns

  9 June 2010

The Armenian Observer posts a video by a British-Armenian band, VO.X., saying that the song, I Love Armenia, contains some powerful messages. However, while Unzipped:Gay Armenia agrees to some extent, it also notes that the messages are not always positive. This is especially true for what the blog says is...

Timor Archives

  9 June 2010

Timor Archives blog is a project to “identify any privately-held Australian collections of documentary material on East Timor (1974-1999).”

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