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30 June 2010

Stories from 30 June 2010

Russia: Moscow's Female Poplars

Belatedly, a link to Vilhelm Konnander's post about Moscow's female poplars and the trouble they've been causing for half a century.

Russia: Ramzan Kadyrov's Blog and Plagiarism Controversy

Sean's Russia Blog notes that “just when [Ramzan] Kadyrov thought he had a clear path to becoming a star of the blogosphere, his second post, “My city, Grozny” was accused...

Czech Republic: Dr. Milada Horáková's Death 60 Years Ago

The Reference Frame writes about the execution of Dr. Milada Horáková 60 years ago: “Many people were killed by the communists but she has clearly been the brightest woman ever...

Ukraine: Hanna Herman's $60K Wrist Watch

Foreign Notes writes about a $60K wrist watch of the deputy head of Ukraine's Presidential Administration: “$60K is equivalent to 10 to15 years average salary in Ukraine…”

Russia, U.S.: The “Spy Ring” Story

A selection of posts on the “Russian spy ring” story: Julia Ioffe at The Daily Beast; A Good Treaty; Yelena Osipova at Global Chaos; Mark Adomanis at True/Slant; Vadim Nikitin...

Haiti: MSM Coverage

The Haitian Blogger says that “mainstream media pieces about Haiti are like Swiss cheese, full of holes.”

Haiti: Five Months Later

Haiti, land of Freedom takes a look at the country just about five months after the devastating earthquake.

Belize: Mayans Win Right to Land

Repeating Islands reports on a landmark court ruling “in favor of 38 Mayan Communities in the Toledo District”, which confirms their rights to the land surrounding their communities.

Barbados: White Elephant

B.C. Pires fears “there is a white elephant in the West Indian drawing-room.”

Chile: Organizations and Citizens Against Mining Project in Magallanes

Manuel Luis Rodriguez writes in the blog Coyuntura Política [es] about a mining project in Isla Riesco (Riesco Island) in the Magallanes region. He says that about 50 NGOs and...

Cape Verde: Bau Talks On Being a Musician in a Small Country

In an interview for blog Café Margoso [pt], musician Bau shares his dream of creating a music school for the children of Cape Verde. The artist says that because he...

Laos: Vientiane's second radio station

Sabydee Lao blogs about the opening of a radio station in Vientiane, Laos. It’s newsworthy because it is only the second radio station in the nation's capital.

Malaysia: Migrant worker fired for lodging complaint with government

jelas.info from Malaysia uploads a letter from labor groups highlighting the case of a migrant worker who was fired by an employer after lodging a complaint with the labor department.

Club of Cambodian Journalists

The website of the Club of Cambodian Journalists seeks to provide information to promote press freedom and media rights in Cambodia.

2010 Asia Declaration on Internet Governance

The 2010 Asia Declaration on Internet Governance tackled issues on internet governance, security, and access of information. The manifesto was signed by delegates from many Southeast Asian nations.

Singapore: Swiss national to be caned for train vandalism

A Swiss IT consultant in Singapore was sentenced to three strokes of the cane and five months in prison after he pleaded guilty to breaking into a Singapore train depot...

World Cup 2010: Who's to blame for Nigeria's performance?

Nigerian football fans were dismayed Tuesday when the team's final chance of advancing in the 2010 World Cup evaporated in a 2-2 tie with South Korea. In the blogosphere, disappointment...

Lebanon: No to The Rule of Dinosaurs

A new Facebook group named No to Dinosaur Rule: So that Lebanon Doesn't Turn into a New Arab Prison (Ar) has been formed. The group advocates freedom of speech.

Japan: Thanks, Blue Samurai!

Japan lost to Paraguay 3-5 in a penalty shootout yesterday but the Blue Samurai's performance touched their fans’ heart, Kazumie says.

Taiwan: Fly, Wen Gui Hospital, Fly!

Have you ever seen the Pixar/Disney animation “UP”? See the real version in Tainan County, Taiwan(zht) when students from Tainan National University of the Arts tried to save the old...

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