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8 July 2012

Stories from 8 July 2012

Few Surprises in East Timor Parliamentary Elections

East Timor conducted its parliamentary elections on July 7, 2012. There was a lower voter turn out this year but at least there were no alarming cases of violence and...

Uganda: Netizens Tweet Top Ugandan Lies

The hashtags #TopUgandanLies and #TopKenyanlies trended on 13 June, 2012, where tweeps shared top lies in the region. To Twitter use, @PhenomenalPPP, top Ugandan lie is "On my way, il...

Kenya: Call for Unity Amid Terror Attacks

Only few days before the opening of Global Voices Summit 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya experienced bloody blasts and kidnapping in Mombasa and in the town of Garissa. On 1 July,...

Russia: Parkhomenko Chronicles Krymsk Statements

In a widely shared Facebook post [ru], journalist Sergei Parkhomenko lists a series of contradictory official statements by the Russian authorities about the flooding in Krymsk, arguing that the state is...

Russia: Krymsk Footage & the Reservoir's Owners

Krasnodar environmental activist Suren Gazarian blogs videos from the wreckage in Krymsk, dismissing the theory [ru] that the flooding was caused by water released from the Neberdzhaevsky Reservoir. Marina Litvinovich, meanwhile, provides background [ru]...

Russia: Krymsk Floodgate Conspiracies

In the aftermath of flooding in Krymsk that has claimed over 140 lives, bloggers debate whether officials are to blame for water that may have been released from a nearby...

Rwanda: From Colonialism And Genocide to Recovery

1 July was a very special day in Rwanda as the country celebrated 50 years of Independence and 18 years of liberation which brought an end to Rwandan genocide. It...

Zambia: A President's Joke Gone Too Far?

Zambian netizens have condemned President Michael Sata's apparent lack of diplomatic etiquette after he told former American President George W. Bush that Zambians are grateful when a former colonialist like...

Myanmar: Students Detained for Commemorating Historical Event

Leaders of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions were detained by the government for planning an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a military crackdown on student protesters....

Indonesia: Lobby Power of Tobacco Firms

Elizabeth Pisani writes about the lobby power of tobacco companies in Indonesia and the prospects of introducing legislation and programs that would curb smoking in the country

Indonesia: Copyright Law Review

Ario Tamat reviews Indonesia's revised Copyright Law which was passed in 2002.

Hong Kong: New “Red” Elementary School Curriculum Flames Concern

Under pressure from mainland China, Hong Kong's elementary schools have to start a new curriculum on "national education." Recently revealed, its module on the "China model" is full of political...

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