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20 July 2010

Stories from 20 July 2010

Russia: ‘Orthodoxy or Death’ to Degenerate Art?

"Orthodoxy or death!" is the war cry sounded in recent weeks as forces of religious reaction have entered into fierce battle with liberal arts, in an apparent Russian parallel to...

Azerbaijan: Caucasus Women

CauCasuSWomaN takes a look at the rights of men and women in Azerbaijan (and the Caucasus) in the context of actual attitudes to gender and says that education is key...

Colombia: Twitter Reactions to the Colombian Bicentennial and its Google Doodle

On July 20, Colombia celebrates 200 years of the declaration of independence and the start of the wars which ended August 7, 1819, when the then New Granada achieved its...

Colombia: Critical Views on the Bicentennial

The 200 years of the Colombian independence is the subject of posts by Jaime Restrepo on Atrabilioso [es], who criticizes the common stereotypes about Colombians and their urge to “get...

Russia-Belarus: Minsk publishes Nemtsov report

LJ user yury_zagrebnoy reports [RUS] that the Belarusian government newspaper Respublika has published excerpts [RUS] from a recent Kremlin-critical report by former Russian vice Premier Boris Nemtsov, apparently as another...

Sri Lanka: Hiring People

Netpreneur at Entrepreneur Musings talks about the challenges of hiring people for a new startup in Sri Lanka.

Russia: Putting a foreigner on Russia's throne

LJ user kanalya78 proposes [RUS] that, judging from historical experience, one should try to import a foreigner to rule Russia, as they arguably have done better for the country than...

Nepal: The Never Ending Political Drama

After two weeks of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's resignation from his post, Nepal is yet to see a new Prime Minister. Dr. Hari Bansha Dulal wonders when will this...

Palestine: A Green Home Away from Home

In this post we hear about two women with a great love of nature: a nun who has found her home in the convent garden, and a city-dwelling mother who...

India: Indian English

Indian tweeps are joining in large numbers to gather a lot of Indian English phrases using #indianenglish hashtag. Enjoy!

Russia-US-EU: Great game revisited

Katinka Barysch at openDemocracy publishes an extensive analysis of relations between Russia and the West in former soviet space, in a Great Game revisited.

Hungary: Royal castle in history

BudapestZIN posts historical video footage from the Buda Royal castle.

Russia: Bureaucrats go web 2.0

Svetlana Gladkova of profy reports that the Russian government has introduced its own social media network, named Gosbook.

Bangladesh: Power Crisis Blues

Mahadi Hasan Talukder describes how power crisis is spoiling the city life in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Nepal: Empowering The Youth

Sabingnawali at Nepali Blogger highlights Goreto, Nepal's nationwide youth empowerment project, which was initiated by a 19 year old Nepali youth.

Kenya: E-Tourism East Africa Conference 2010

“The E Tourism East Africa Conference will help the sector understand and leverage the online opportunities and the new technologies available in the region,” reports Muzi Mohale.

D. R. of Congo: Searching for Bonobo

Read field notes from Dr. Terese Hart, Searching for Bonobo in Congo. Bonobos great Apes falling in the same group with chimpanzees.

D.R. of Congo: What was Joseph Kabila thinking?

What was Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, thinking?: “According to local and Belgian press, he [Kabila] gave Belgian Queen Paola a diamond necklace, earrings and...

South Africa: Courting Justice

Africa is a Country blogs about Courting Justice, a film is about the experiences of female, especially black female judges, in South Africa’s highest courts.

Jordan: Has Technology Killed Our Romanticism?

Computers and technology play an important role in our everyday lives. One blogger from Jordan remembers the romanticism of getting a letter in the mail and declares on her blog:...

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