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14 July 2011

Stories from 14 July 2011

Trinidad & Tobago: FIFA Report

Globewriter posts what he believes to be FIFA's preliminary report on the Jack Warner and Bin Hamman controversy, which led to Warner's resignation as vice-president.

Cuba: On Queue

“The queue in Cuba…is our music, our magic, our politics. It is the place where we philosophise…the campfire around which we perform our daily routines: conversing, falling for and out...

Jamaica: Coming Out

“Jamaican attitudes towards homosexuality are shifting,” explains Active Voice, adding: “Those who militate on behalf of gay rights here and elsewhere need to respond to this, rather than to non-existent...

Russia: Putin-Stolypin Liberalism

Sean's Russia Blog writes about Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin inaugurating a monument to his early 20th century predecessor Pjotr Stolypin, and discusses how this link serves the interests of...

South Sudan: Messages of #LoveFromSudan

On the eve of the independence of South Sudan, a group of young Sudanese started a movement that is trying to start a conversation between North and South to create...

Japan: Indie Music Rocks the Nukes

With a spreading nuclear crisis and related issues such as radiation fears, new energy policies on the horizon and an uncertain future for the operating reactors, Japanese netizens have started...

South Korea Aims to Regulate Bloggers Getting Paid by Companies

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has decided to regulate incentives given to influential bloggers who write favorable reviews for companies. Francis Tan of the Next Web site commented on the purpose of the...

Turkmenistan: Israel's trip over geopolitics

Few observers are aware of Israel’s strange diplomatic dance with Turkmenistan, which has involved the Tel Aviv’s attempts to court Ashgabat as a potential lever against Iran, Emerson reports.

Kazakhstan: WordPress banned because of two blogs

Information about the WordPress ban in Kazakhstan is slowly trickling out. On 15 July, it was revealed that the ban is ostensibly due to two WordPress blogs that fell afoul...

Uzbekistan: World-known brands to denounce child labor

Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Eileen Fisher, Nautica, Gear for Sports, The Jones Group, Liz Claiborne and Nike are among the first companies to sign a pledge boycotting the use of Uzbekistan-sourced cotton...

Kazkahstan: The Sting of Criticism

KZBlog reports that famous singer Sting, who was scheduled to play for the Kazakh president's birthday and the Day of Astana (capital of Kazakhstan) festivities, cancelled his engagement after Amnesty...

Afghanistan: Study on the Taliban's rules and actions

Nick Fielding writes about the report into the Taliban's code of conduct, using it to gain an insight into the organisation itself.

Afghanistan: Continued fracturing of politics

Joshua Foust reviews political factions in Afghanistan, trying to map out different parties in Afghan politics – both political actors, insurgency groupings and marginal gangs.

Russia: Autocrats and Balancers

Streetwise Professor argues that power in Russia is about projecting an image of the leader as an autocrat, whereas “he” in real terms is a balancer between conflicting interests with...

Turkmenistan: Explosion of online activity

Joshua Foust comments on the recent news about the emergence of new social groups forming online in Turkmenistan, and argues how effective they can be at gathering information.

Russia: Lasting Legacy of Landladies

Natalia Antonova writes about her Moscow landlady as an example of the constant problems lasting Soviet mentality creates in everyday life.

Russia: Military Police to Stop Penalism in Armed Forces

Streetwise Professor reports of plans to found a Military Police corps to fight penalism and violence in the Russian Armed Forces, and argues that combining two of the most violent...

Africa: Of Misunderstandings, the Best Laid Plans and Language Challenge

Find out about what's on the minds of a variety of African bloggers with Global Voices author Paula Odhiambo.

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