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2 February 2012

Stories from 2 February 2012

Russia: Prices of Popular Bloggers’ Posts Leaked

Anonymous hackers had allegedly hacked an inbox of pro-Kremlin activist Kristina Potupchik and publicised [ru] a ‘price-list’ of posts of the most popular Russian bloggers. Government-sponsored Nashi were caught several times...

Pakistan: How To Save The Shias

Laibaah discusses why Shias are being killed in Pakistan and suggests how can they save themselves from the threats.

Curacao: Diaspora & Development

More Than A Ruby visits Curacao and writes an interesting post about the dynamics of the African diaspora, calling the country “a global village that's kind of held together by...

Cuba: Monitoring the Resistance

Pedazos de La Isla links to a report which states that “428 arbitrary arrests of activists were documented” for the month of January alone, as well as a blog post...

Cuba: Sad Songs

Two bits of sad news from Havana Times: the first about the death of a Nueva Trova pioneer, and the second about a domestic dispute that ended in murder.

Trinidad & Tobago: Where's the Love?

“In a digital age, where we can now connect over the internet, it’s appears that love has somehow lost it’s importance in our lives”: The TnT River suggests that “we...

Cuba: Another Building Collapses

“Another occupied building has collapsed in Havana, this time only partially and with no fatalities, but in the same district”: Havana Times reports.

Barbados: Voting Strategy

Politics is on the Barbadian blogging agenda, here and here, as bloggers consider “the viability of a third political party” and the need to “send many independents to Parliament…to disrupt...

Peru: Preparing for the Great Water March

As part of the protests against the Conga mining project in Cajamarca, a "Great Water March" left Cajamarca on February 1. On social networks netizens share itineraries, videos, photos, posters,...

Venezuela: Photos of Armed Children Spark Controversy Online

Venezuelan social networks exploded with reactions after photos of a group of children posing with rifles in one of Caracas' most representative neighborhoods, Barrio 23 de Enero, went viral. The...

Uganda: The Plight of Urban Poor

Rosebell discusses the plight of urban poor in Kampala, Uganda: “Right in the middle of down town Kampala is a slum called Kisenyi. It’s a place with a mix of...

Kenya: War, Guns and Votes

What will be the impact of Kenya's war with Al Shabaab on the 2012/13 elections?: “A number of questions: will the heightened security requirements associated with the threat of terrorism...

Ethiopia: a Body of Legislative Acts Opposing Freedom of Speech

Reporters without Borders released a report on freedom of expression [fr] a report regarding the freedom of expression and the working conditions of Ethiopian journalists stating : “During the last...

Kazakhstan: Stability of the nation vital for the whole region

Nathan Hamm reviews testimonies at the U.S. Congressional hearing, staged by the US Helsinki Commission about Kazakhstan’s stability, questioning whether or not Kazakhstan is as stable as its government claims.

Kyrgyzstan: Tengrism on Trial

Nathan Hamm reports on a bizzare story of prosecution of Mr. Tezekbaev, an advocate of Tengrism (pagan belief of Central Asian nomads), who is on trial for inciting religious and...

Uzbekistan: U.S. military support not to include weapons

Joshua Foust tells his readers about the details of the “military aid” the U.S. will provide Uzbekistan, which is part of a vital supply line to Afghanistan. The supplies wouldn’t...

Kazakhstan: Astana, urbanist haven of state corporatism

Molapse provides his analysis of the Kazakhstan's capital city, a newly built Left Bank of Astana, with a mix of artistic culturology and anthropology.

Turkmenistan: Sham NGOs’ role in fake presidential elections

Turkmenistan’s upcoming presidential poll is truly a strange creature. neweurasia’s Annasoltan reviews how it has evolved in the last few months, including the role of government-organized NGOs (GONGOs).

Venezuela: Hugo Chávez's Daughter Stirs up Social Networks

With the hashtag #Rosinesing [es] you can follow the reactions to a controversial photograph that President Hugo Chavez's daughter published on Twitter where she is using a wad of US...

Nicaragua: Sandinista Revolution Icon Starts Blogging

Mildred Largaespada reports [es] that Sandinista Revolution icon Dora María Téllez has started blogging [es]: “This is big news for the national and international blogosphere, because she is also one...

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