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14 July 2011

Stories from 14 July 2011

Philippine Digital Strategy 2011-2016

Tonyo Cruz uploads the five-year Philippine Digital Strategy plan of the government's Commission on Information and Communications Technology. The aim is to make the Philippines a digitally-empowered nation in 2016.

Brunei International Defence Exhibition 2011

EmmaGoodEgg blogs about the Brunei International Defence Exhibition or BRIDEX 2011, a bi-annual defence exhibition. It's also the premier defence and security event in Southeast Asia

Canada: “First Nation, Last Served”

Writer Mike Morey in Canada questions whether Canada's aboriginal communities will ever be rewarded with the degree of self-governance they seek.

Brunei: E-government portal launched

The e-Darussalam website was launched by the Brunei government. It's a single web portal where Internet users will have access to all of the government's online services.

Peru: Congressmen Remove Signatures from Moratorium for GM Seeds

Global Voices Translation Manager and author Juan Arellano reports [es] that 9 congressmen from the APRA political party have removed their signatures from a 10 year moratorium for genetically modified...

Mexico: Supreme Court Rules Civil Courts Take On Military Abusers

Adam Isacson writes about a recent ruling by Mexico's Supreme Court: “civilian judges must take on military human rights violations”. A decision he calls a “strong blow in favor of...

El Salvador: Interview with Zaira Navas, Inspector General for the National Civilian Police

Tim posts a video produced by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) of an interview with the Inspector General for El Salvador's National Civilian Police (PNC), Zaira Navas: “Under...

Guatemala: Neighbors Affected by Giant Sinkhole Still Unable to Return Home

Luis Figueroa says [es] that neighbors of Ciudad Nueva, victims of a giant sinkhole that opened up over a year ago, are still unable to return to their homes. He...

East Timor: Arts and Creative Industries in Focus

With the main purpose of launching the future Academy of Arts and Creative Industries of East Timor, a series of cultural events and an international conference are taking place in Dili...

Russia: Internet Audience Continues to Grow Rapidly

RuMetrika sums up the recent survey of “Public Opinion Foundation” on the Internet audience in Russia. According  to it, the audience grew 7 percent (versus predicted 3.7) in the first...

Russia: Notorious Foundation Clashes with “Forbes”

Infamous “Federaciya” foundation accused “Forbes” employees of contacting the internationally famous guests of a Russian charity event and trying to persuade them not to attend, “Forbes” reported on its Facebook...

Russia: New Statistics of Social Network Users

Russian collaborative blog Habrahabr.ru publishes statistics on the users of Vkontakte.ru, the most popular social platform in Russia. According to the data, Alexander (for man) and Ekaterina (for women) are...

Russia: Photoblogger Covers Drug Addiction in Afghanistan

Popular Russian photoblogger Ilya Varlamov (zyalt) traveled to Afghanistan where (among other things) he covered drug addiction in Kabul.

Russia: Government Company to Bring Internet to Largest Island in Norway

Russian government company “Kosmicheskaya Svyaz” plans to bring fast Internet and digital TV to Spitsbergen, the largest island in Norway, news website Lenta.ru reported.

Russia: News Website to be Closed Because of Racial Clashes Coverage

URA.ru, an information agency and website that became popular after it extensively covered clashes in a small Russian village Sagra, is on the verge of being closed down by the...

Bolivia: Fighting Cholitas in the Spotlight

Female wrestling in El Alto, Bolivia has captured the attention of locals and visitors for more than ten years. These women add a bit of tradition to this popular sport:...

Russia-Middle East: Comparing the Fall of the Wall and the Arab Spring

Dr. Sean's Diary compares the difficulties of area studies in handling the fall of the commnist bloc in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s with that of the current...

Iran: A blogger was sentenced to 17 months in prison

Peyman Roshan Zamir, a blogger and political activist from southern city Ahwaz was sentenced [fa] to 17 months of prison. He was accused of insulting Islamic republic's Leader and propaganda...

Cuba: Race and Sex

“Racism in Cuba has several faces. And variations. But when it comes time to “play the tune”…skin color disappears as if by magic”: Iván García is concerned that “the race...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Sex Education

The public reaction to Abeni‘s T-shirt, emblazoned with the words “Sex nice, but de AIDS ting…”, leads her to conclude “that HIV education has to overcome so many prejudices. The...

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