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28 June 2010

Stories from 28 June 2010

Russia: New Initiatives Indicate Government's Fear of the New Media

Alexey Sidorenko writes about the Russian government's attempts to control cyberspace - and its apparent fear of the new media.

Russia, US: “Burger Diplomacy”

Vadim Nikitin wonders if the Medvedev-Obama meeting is a sign that “[…] the Russian President, for so long considered a mere window dressing to Prime Ministerial rule, might stick around...

Hungary: Museum Night in Budapest

The Uncataloged Museum writes about this year's Museum Night in Budapest.

Serbia: Mufti Zukorlic vs Blic

Belgraded writes about the conflict between the mufti of the Serbian Islamic community and the Blic newspaper.

Ukraine: Gorbachev and Chernobyl

Window on Eurasia writes about Mikhail Gorbachev's order to hold the May Day demonstration in Kyiv shorly after the Chernobyl catastrophe.

Peru: A Bill on Obscene Content

A few days ago the news broke of a bill that had been approved by the Justice Comission in Congress, proposing an amendment to section 183-B of the Penal Code,...

Ukraine: Kyiv Farmers’ Markets

Photos of berries, fruit and vegetables sold at Kyiv farmers’ markets this summer – at The Pickle Project, here and here.

Maldives: Much Ado About Airport Privatization

Hassan Ziyau questions Maldivian media's role on the recent controversy about airport privatization in Maldives.

Pakistan: What Is Blasphemy?

“What is Blasphemy?” This question has been drawn in numerous discussions after the the recent banning of certain websites in Pakistan. Shaista Kazmi & Azhar Aslam at Teeth Maestro has...

Sri Lanka: Constitutional Reform

Sumanasiri Liyanage at Groundviews discusses the expectations and the realities regarding constitutional reform in Sri Lanka.

Chile: Flash Mob Remembering Michael Jackson

María Pastora writes [es] about her first time participating in a flash mob. She also includes a video of the flash mob, which was choreographed as a tribute to Michael Jackson. The flash...

Uruguay: Celebrating Advancement to Quarter Finals

Agarrate Montevideo [es] posted pictures and videos of Uruguayans celebrating their team's advancement to quarter finals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup after beating South Korea 2-1; it is the...

Peru: Scientist is Charged for Criticizing Investigation

In the blog Blawyer.org [es] Miguel Morachimo says [es] that a judge in Lima has declared biologist Ernesto Bustamante guilty of defamation for questioning a colleagues conclusions of a study on two media outlets.

Russia: Blogger Finds a Vulnerability in E-Gov Portal

Habrahabr-user Romachev blogs [RUS] about a crucial security hole in the process of the identification of E-government portal gosuslugi.ru [RUS]. According to the blogger, the vulnerability offers a large potential...

Azerbaijan: Zhiguli

Sheki, Azerbaijan honors the Zhiguli, a Soviet era car, with a post remembering it as part of history.

Mauritius: 30 Prisoners escape from jail

“Around 30 prisoners have escaped from the GRNW jail in Mauritius this evening. The prisoners attacked the jail officers at around 18.30 hrs today and fled as members of the...

South Africa: Rethinking customary law

Pierre de Vos discusses South African customary law: “When I studied law at Stellenbosch University, we did not study a single aspect of customary law. It was as if customary...

Seychelles: Visiting Vallée de Mai

I Love Seychelles writes about Vallée de Mai in Seychelles. Vallée de Mai is a nature reserve, which is on the UNESCO world heritage list.

Cape Verde: My life in Cachaço

Steven blogs about his life as a volunteer in Cape Verde: “Cape Verdeans bathe regularly, sometimes twice a day, and fully half of each bath is devoted to cleaning the...

Zimbabwe: Celebrating World Cup in Harare

Bev Clark on celebrating the World Cup in Harare, Zimbabwe: “Some of the Kubatana team have been moving around various pubs in Harare to watch world cup games. Our favourite...

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