Stories from 18 July 2011
Russia/Belarus: Two More ‘Revolutionary’ Initiatives Appear Online
Ukraine-based Looo.ch launches [ru] street-art initiative called “Belarus Front of Street Art,” which idea is to spray word “Скоро” (“Soon”) on the streets of Belarus thus inspiring people to oppose the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. In Russia, the community “Crayon Revolution” [ru] calls people to draw “This government should resign”...
Hungary: Military Training on School Curriculum
Eva Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum reports that from the schoolyear 2012/2013, Hungarian high school students will be able to study basic military science as a subject to be included in their highschool degree, and goes on to present other critical views on what she feels is a militarization of Hungary.
Estonia: Party Merger in Peril
Axel Reetz of Estland blog discusses [GER] the consequences of the 2006 merger of Estonia's conservative parties, Pro Patria and Respublica, and how this union is now increasingly questioned, but also sees that unity within other parties in the country is dwindling.
Laos: Vientiane Career Fair
Photos of the Vientiane Career Fair in Laos which took place this month have been uploaded on Facebook.
East Timor's Strategic Development Plan
The East Timor government has drafted its Strategic Development Plan which envisions a double digit annual GDP growth in the next two decades. La'o Hamutuk gives an initial analysis and some suggestions to improve the plan.
China: Netizens response to Barack Obama's meeting with Dalai Lama
Olivia from China Hush translated Chinese netizens’ angry response to U.S President Barack Obama's meeting with Dalai Lama on July 16, 2011 at the White House.
Thailand: Final Vote Count
The final vote count in Thailand's July 3 elections has been uploaded. The opposition won in the elections.
Malaysia's first yoga festival
Malaysia's first yoga festival was held last weekend in Sepang along the Straits of Malacca. It was attended by more than 250 participants.
Owls of Singapore
According to the blog of Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity 2010, ten species of owl have been recorded in Singapore. Unfortunately for Harry Potter fans, all but one of the owl species featured in the Harry Potter movies are not found in Singapore