Stories from 28 April 2011
Russia: Drug Agency to Monitor Blogosphere
Russian Federal Service for Drug Control plans to monitor the blogosphere to analyze the situation with drugs in the country, Lenta.ru reported.
Uganda: Opposition Leader Arrested Again
Rosebell Kagumire reports from Uganda: “After spending Easter in a jail, Uganda’s opposition leader Dr.Kizza Besigye was granted bail with ridiculous conditions that he would not participate in walking to work [protest] for seven months. As it would turn out Besigye’s freedom was short-lived as the military and police blocked...
Azerbaijan: Royal Wedding Frenzy
Scary Azeri offers her own acerbic take on tomorrow's Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Despite a reported close friendship with the groom's Uncle, Prince Andrew, the blog says that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev doesn't appear to be among those invited and also comments on media coverage of...
Poland: Decrease of corruption
Michael Dembinski of W-wa Jeziorki notes that corruption in Poland continues to decrease in contrast to many other countries in Central and Eastern Europe, according to a recent article in The Economist.
Latvia: National news agency website hacked
Juris Kaža of Telecoms in Latvia draws attention to a recent hacker attach on the Latvian news agency LETA, closing down the website for several hours.
Taiwan: Lying Girls
After Japan's flying girl, here come Taiwan's lying girls. The Lying Girls will show you a really, totally, different way of viewing Taiwan…Come lie together!
Russia: New round in the TNK-BP row
Streetwise Professor points to the parallel buyout of a partner in TNK-BP oil company by the Russian state oil company Rosneft and British Petroleum, with the abolition of a tax release, possibly resulting in decreased company value for the upcoming sale.
Serbia-EU: Belgrade at a crossroads
Ari Rusila's BalkanBlog argues that Serbia may find too many obstacles to continue its accession to the European Union, and instead might find other alternatives more appetizing.
Armenia: Pseudo-patriotism and flag burning
Unzipped comments on the creation of a Facebook page by some students in Armenia calling for the “virtual burning” of the flags of Azerbaijan and Turkey. The blog says it considers the move one that can only lead to more hatred between Armenia and its two estranged neighbors and is...
Malaysia: DiGi WWWOW Award
Digi has launched the DiGi WWWOW Award, it's 1st people’s choice Internet awards for Malaysians by Malaysians.
Ukraine: Memories and Photos of Chernobyl in August 1986
Aleksandr Strannik (LJ user av-strannik) arrived at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in mid-August of 1986, some four months after the April 26 blast at Reactor #4, to assist in the clean-up effort. Twenty-five years later, he is sharing some of his memories and photos from that time.
Malaysia: Solar energy program
Gan Pei Ling writes about the prospects of the solar energy program in Malaysia.
Malaysia: Obesity in schools
Nuraina A Samad from Malaysia reminds authorities that addressing the obesity issue also requires a review of the physical education and fitness programs in schools
Malaysia: “Stateless Children of Sabah”
Anne Baltazar writes about the situation of poor children in Sabah in Malaysia whose migrant parents came from Indonesia and Philippines.
Zimbabwe: Bloggers Discuss President Mugabe's Legacy
Zimbabwe is a country where public discussion about the President's health or a future without him can land one into jail. Blogs have become the only forum where "sensitive" political issues can be discussed by Zimbabwean netizens.
Yemen: Lunch Time at the Pro-Change and Pro-Regime Camps
One video-blogger captures lunch time at pro-regime and pro-change camps in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Watch the video in this post to see the difference.
Philippines: Invisible paintings in a Manila museum
Artist Edd Aragon's ‘invisible’ paintings are on display today in a Manila museum. The artist used a unique paint formula that allows him to paint under UV (ultraviolet) light.
Thailand: Opposition radio stations raided
The Committee to Protect Journalists criticized Thailand authorities for raiding 13 radio stations which are aligned with the Opposition
Malaysia: Cost of 1Malaysia email
Malaysiakini gathers reactions in Malaysia to the report that the planned 1Malaysia email will also entail some cost for users who will access some of its value added services.
Egypt: Sectarian Strife?
Egyptian Dr. A. blogs about sectarian strife in this must read post.
Kuwait: Blogger Wins a Lawsuit
Congrats are pouring in after Kuwait-based blogger Lebanese Mark won a lawsuit. He was sued by a restaurant for a review he posted in his blog.