24 August 2010

Stories from 24 August 2010

Jamaica: Policing Style

  24 August 2010

Jamaica Salt says the kill-or-be-killed approach to controlling crime is ineffective: “When things are tough it’s hard not to look at possible solutions like this. But this has been a style of policing in Jamaica for decades now and it is not working. The murder rates speak for themselves.”

Russian Internet Surveillance Allegedly Hacked

RuNet Echo  24 August 2010

Bloggers discuss alleged hack-attack [RUS] on the government surveillance system (SORM [EN]) that traces government e-mails. The Russian Federal Security Service acknowledged the attack but denied any rumors that sensitive data had been stolen although some Internet users published [RUS] screenshots of the hacked system. LJ user leicacit suggested [RUS]...

Mexico: Miss Universe 2010 Gets All the Attention on Twitter

  24 August 2010

Miss Mexico 2010, Jimena Navarrete, won this year's Miss Universe contest. Mexican Twitter users expressed enthusiasm for Navarrete's victory; however, some criticized the amount of attention the event was getting compared to other, more important issues. Navarrete also tweeted, thanking everyone for their support.

Taiwan: Let’s go poking around under the rock of ECFA

  24 August 2010

The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China was signed. The process seems smooth and efficient at the surface, but the story is not simple. Many Taiwanese have poked around under the rock of ECFA and ask their government why.

Philippines: Hostage drama ends in violence

  24 August 2010

An ex-policeman hijacked a tourist bus in Manila, Philippines which led to the death of 9 tourists from Hong Kong. Filipino netizens are angry, sad, and disappointed. Here are some online comments.

Argentina: Remembering Borges on His Birthday

  24 August 2010

Juan Carlos Lynch reminds [es] his readers that today, August 24, is Jorge Luis Borges’ birthday. To honor the writer's memory, Juan Carlos shares a short story about Borges written by his friend and award-winning writer Adriana Romano [es]. Borges died in 1986.

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