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9 August 2011

Stories from 9 August 2011

Ukraine: Party of Regions’ “Prejudicial Statement” on Tymoshenko's Case

LEvko of Foreign Notes quotes “a highly prejudicial statement [in goofy English],” posted on the Party of Regions’ website, to explain why “western observers call the Tymoshenko trial a farce,...

Slovenia: A Comment on the U.K. Riots

Sleeping With Pengovsky comments on the riots and looting in the U.K.: “But I must say I got the heebie-jeebies when I heard on the BBC that some people were...

Russia: Learning Russian Via Social Networks

Tips on learning Russian through social networking sites – at Russian Language Blog.

The Balkans: History, Politics and Ethnic Identities

At OpenDemocracy.net, Milan Marinkovic writes about history, politics and ethnic identities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At Balkan Anarchist, Alan Jakšić writes about his own Croatian Serb identity and some of...

Palestine: Israeli Bulldozers Blamed for Cutting Off Gaza Telecoms

Reports are appearing online of a total communication blackout in Gaza. On Twitter, users are blaming Israeli bulldozers for the outage. Here is part of the conversation.

Libya: Humanitarian Conditions Continue to Deteriorate this Ramadan

Libyans continue to suffer from dire humanitarian conditions as the war in their country rages this Ramadan. From food to water to fuel and power shortages, to burying their dead...

Yemen: Pressing Humanitarian Needs and Deteriorating Economic Situation

The United Nations Security Council has issued a statement expressing grave concern about the situation on the ground in Yemen, including pressing humanitarian needs and a deteriorating economic situation following...

Guatemala: Police Kill Peasant With Tear Gas Canister

Indigenous peasants living on lands claimed by landowners in Guatemala are often violently evicted from their homes by policemen and soldiers. Last week, 31-year-old Sergio de León was killed when...

Chile: How to Follow the Student Protests Online

Students in Chile are marching for education reform once again today, August 9. Blogger Daniel Fajardo provides a guide on how to follow the protests and the student movement online....

Argentina: The Economy and Cristina Fernández's Reelection

Bloggings by boz looks at how the economy might affect Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's reelection in the upcoming October presidential elections.

Honduras: Judge Issues Arrest Warrants for Journalist and Environmentalists

“A Honduran judge issued arrest warrants for a journalist and 16 environmental leaders for allegedly opposing a forest management plan in the town of El Porvenir, in central Honduras, reported...

Barbados: Threat to Borders?

Barbados Underground suggests that “as the economic condition of many around the region in markets known for exporting drugs…declines, the threat to our border will increase, ” adding: “Barbadians must...

Bahamas: The Female Perspective

“Environmentalism, Bahamian social woes, immigration and even the financial crisis…from what is unmistakably a feminine perspective”? ARC highlights a new exhibition by the country's leading female artists.

Puerto Rico: Reasons for Riots

B.C. Pires and Gil the Jenius comment on the riots in London, with the latter saying, with regard to Puerto Rico: “It [the cause of rioting] boils down to two...

Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent: “Blogaversaries”

Two regional bloggers mark the anniversaries of their blogs – Abeni, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who says: “Back then I had no idea where I was heading but...

Jamaica: Art Supporter Dies

National Gallery of Jamaica Blog pays tribute to art collector and dealer Guy McIntosh, who passed away yesterday.

Poets from the World

The blog Tejedor de Palabras [es] presents audio interviews of poets from different cities across the world.

Spain: The Importance of the McBride Report

Journalist and blogger Nubia Esmeralda Rojas offers an in-depth analysis of the famous McBride Report (1980) and its relevance in the age of the Internet and social media.

Cuba: Interview of Ted Henken

Luis García Méndez interviews [es] US academic Ted Henken about the Cuban blogosphere. The interview has caused an interesting debate [es] within the Cuban blogging community.

Ethiopia: Local Media Ignore Famine

Endalk wonders why Ethiopian media ignores famine in the country: “While there has been news after news on the issue of on the global press which was lead by the...

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