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3 November 2010

Stories from 3 November 2010

Russia: Mapping North-Caucasian Blogosphere

RuNet Echo  3 November 2010

LJ-user timag82 together with a_sult_h and pcnariman analyzed [RUS] North Caucasian blogs. Thorough research of 528 blogs is divided into regional blogospheres. Discussion of the research is here [RUS]. Daghestani bloggers lead the North-Caucasian blogosphere, notes Paul Goble, which can be explained by the higher level of freedom in the republic compared...

Russia: Opposition Blogger Has to Leave LiveJournal

RuNet Echo  3 November 2010

Opposition blogger pilgrim_67 (GV covered one of his investigations) has been suspended in LiveJournal (After posting a link to the video against child pornography – full story here) and had to move to Blogspot and lj.rossia.org. The case indicated insecurity of LiveJournal as platform for opposition bloggers. LJ currently hosts...

Russia: Peaceful and Violent Protest Trends

RuNet Echo  3 November 2010

Oleg Kozlovski, an opposition activist and a prominent blogger, posts theses of the presentation “Peaceful and Violent Protest Trends in Russia.” Kozlovski writes that success stories of non-violent protests are seldom while “there is a significant chance of more violent outbreaks in the near future”. There are more and more...

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Philippines: Labor attaché earns Filipino migrant community's ire

  3 November 2010

Instead of helping a victim of illegal termination, the Philippine labor attaché scolded a migrant worker when the latter sought help from the Philippine consulate in Hong Kong. Unfortunately for the attaché, the worker was able to record her traumatic encounter and posted this in YouTube.

Tanzania: Tanzania thrives on Nyerere's legacy

  3 November 2010

Tanzania thrives on Mwalimu Nyerere's legacy: “On Sunday, 31st October 2010 Tanzania voted for president and legislative members. The East African country’s elections have passed relatively unnoticed, this is untypical of many African elections.”

Tanzania: Swahili Fashion Week

  3 November 2010

Haki Ngowi writes about Swahili Fashion Week 2010 in Tanzania: “Swahili Fashion week is a platform for designers – both fashion and accessory – from Swahili speaking countries to showcase their creativity, market their art and network with their clientele. This is all aimed at promoting fashion as an income...

Eritrea: Regional Aggressor or Regional Scapegoat?

  3 November 2010

Is Eritrea a regional aggressor?: “Eritrea is often labeled by journalists and governments as a regional aggressor (here and here). The most often cited evidence for this designation is that Eritrea has been engaged in conflict with each of its contiguous neighbors as well as an overseas state.”

Zimbabwe: Racist grade 7 exam question

  3 November 2010

A strange grade 7 exam question in Zimbabwe: 15. Before Independence, blacks and whites failed to live together peacefully because: A. The whites had guns B. The blacks liked to strike C. The whites did not like blacks D. All the blacks wanted to live in towns

Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Update

  3 November 2010

Sokari's Uganda anti-homosexuality update: “After months of relative silence and following the outing of 100 LGBTI individuals in the Ugandan Rolling Stone “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos”, a few weeks ago, the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill is once again being discussed.”

Paraguay: Reactions to Alfredo Stroessner's Birthday

  3 November 2010

E'a collected [es] reactions to Alfredo Stroessner's birthday: “for some it is a happy time […] but for others November 3 represents a grim reminder of our history.” Wikipedia explains that Stroessner was “a Paraguayan military officer and dictator from 1954 to 1989. His lengthy rule was the 12th-longest ever...

Venezuela: Citizens Use Twitter to Report Problems in Caracas Subway

  3 November 2010

The Devil's Excrement writes about the subway system in Caracas and mentions the Twitter account @caracasmetro, “a bunch of students who have taken it upon themselves not only to keep people who used the Caracas subway informed, but also to report problems, lack of maintenance and why not? The mistreatment...

Azerbaijan: Defaced election posters

  3 November 2010

With the 7 November parliamentary election just four days away, Dadashov's Blog [AZ] posts a slideshow of images showing defaced election posters on one street in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital. The blog sarcastically notes that only the post of one candidate, the Rector of Baku State University running for the...

Azerbaijan: flash mob fuss among the masses

  3 November 2010

Scary Azeri [ENG], a blog popular for its acerbic humor and opinion, comments on what it sees as a flashmob epidemic among youth in Azerbaijan. While it appreciates flashmobs aimed at raising issues of importance such as the environment, it wonders whether those youth involved in such actions are simply...

Bangladesh: Bringing Order To Traffic

  3 November 2010

Photoblogger Ershad Ahmed posts some photos depicting the efforts of Bangladesh police to bring order to the chaotic traffic and stop unauthorized jaywalking in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

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