13 March 2011

Stories from 13 March 2011

Myanmar: Issues discussed by parliament

  13 March 2011

State media New Light of Myanmar has published the transcript of the first regular session of Myanmar's parliament. According to the report, Myanmar has five newspapers, 170 journals, and 182 magazines which are being published daily, weekly and monthly with over 300,000 copies of newspapers in circulation everyday

Japan: Toxic Rain, Earthquake Weapons and Other False Rumors

  13 March 2011

Following the major earthquake on March 11th, numerous rumors made its rounds on Twitter and chain mails. Some spread like wildfire, as idle curiosity and malicious intent met with a strong dose of anxiety, exhaustion, and simple inexperience. Prolific blogger, editor and critic Chiki Ogiue posted a comprehensive roundup of such cases, while dispersing logical advice on how to improve one’s instinct for sniffing out falsehoods and what everyone can do as not to add to the confusion.

Peru: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Affect Peruvians

  13 March 2011

Peru has a large community of citizens living in Japan, many of Japanese descent. Through Twitter and blogs, many Peruvians are sharing information and their concerns about how the earthquake and tsunami may have affected their family and friends.

Myanmar: The Irrawaddy website hacked

  13 March 2011

Independent Myanmar media website The Irrawaddy was hacked this weeked. A notice on its frontpage: “The website was hacked this morning and a number of fake articles were posted on our English-language homepage.”

Japan: “Why do we need nuclear power?”

  13 March 2011

Debates over the risks and benefits of nuclear power plants have sparked worldwide, since an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Friday, 11 March causing widespread fear that the nuclear reactors of at least two power plants near Fukushima may be at risk of melt down.

Ukraine, Japan: Fukushima Discussion at Pripyat.com

RuNet Echo  13 March 2011

Forum users of Pripyat.com (RUS), a portal devoted to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, are examining news reports and discussing the technical aspects of the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and the response to it on the ground, pointing out some of the differences between the current disaster and...

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