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Aug 01, 2010 In India, Using Facebook to Catch Scofflaw Drivers

QUOTE: The traffic police [of New Dehli] started a Facebook page two months ago, and almost immediately residents became digital informants, posting photos of their fellow drivers violating traffic laws. As of Sunday more than 17,000 people had become fans of the page and posted almost 3,000 photographs and dozens of videos.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2010 Indonesia Finds Banning Pornography Is Difficult

QUOTE: Last month, the country’s information minister, Tifatul Sembiring, said that local service providers would have to start blocking online pornography by the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts Aug. 11. That deadline is fast approaching, and Mr. Riyadi says he still has no idea how he is going to put a filter in place.

New York Times
Jul 22, 2010 U.N. Court Rules Kosovo Declaration Was Legal

QUOTE: Legal experts emphasized that while the court had ruled that Kosovo’s declaration of independence was legal, it had scrupulously avoided saying that the state of Kosovo was legal under international law, a narrow and carefully calibrated compromise that they said could allow both sides to declare victory in a dispute that remains raw even 11 years after the war there.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2008 Former Russian Billionaire Files for Parole

QUOTE: The lawyers submitted the request to the Ingoda District Court in Chita, the Siberian city where Mr. Khodorkovsky has been imprisoned since 2005, two years after his arrest on tax evasion charges. The arrest was widely seen as Kremlin-orchestrated punishment for his opposition to Vladimir V. Putin, who was president at the time and is now prime minister.

New York Times
Jul 14, 2008 86 Charged in Turkey Coup Plot

QUOTE: Eighty-six people, including writers, members of civil organizations and former military officers, were formally charged Monday with membership in an illegal ultranationalist organization and of plotting a coup to overthrow the Turkish government. Speaking at a televised news conference, the Istanbul chief prosecutor, Aykut Cengiz Engin, refused to give details of the case against the ultranationalist and hard-line secular organization, known as Ergenekon, citing prohibitions on public briefings before a case is formally accepted by the criminal court.

New York Times
Jul 08, 2008 Telling Tajiks’ Fortunes, Now Under the Table (Dushanbe Journal)

QUOTE: Lawmakers at the beginning of the year adopted legislation outlawing all forms of what they call “witchcraft,” saying that it was an illegal, parasitical industry that had grown to unacceptable proportions. (In light of that, Arzida and a customer of hers, Nazira, asked to be identified only by their first names.)

New York Times
Jun 26, 2008 Russia Looks for Ways to End Isolation, Invisibility of Disabled

QUOTE: "This is an issue we did not talk about at all for a long time," President Dmitry Medvedev said last month at a meeting with government ministers and advocates for the disabled. "We have the . . . task of providing disabled people with comfortable living conditions and creating a developed rehabilitation system so that they can take a full part in life."

Washington Post
Apr 08, 2008 Moscow Killings Blamed on Racism: Non-Slavs Targeted, Rights Groups Say

QUOTE: The killing of [a Moscow man], which remains under investigation, is part of a wave of racially motivated murders in Moscow that has put the city's migrant communities on edge, particularly people from Central Asia, according to human rights groups. Easily singled out because of their non-Slavic appearance, Central Asian workers have borne the brunt of the attacks by skinheads and neo-Nazis.

Washington Post
Mar 03, 2008 Russian Election Lacked 'Freedom,' Monitor Says

QUOTE: ...the continent's leading human rights organization, cited media bias and Russia's failure to register some candidates, among other shortcomings [of the presidential election].

Washington Post
Jun 29, 2007 Putin's Arctic invasion: Russia lays claim to the North Pole - and all its gas, oil, and diamonds

QUOTE: Russian President Vladimir Putin is making an astonishing bid to grab a vast chunk of the Arctic - so he can tap its vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth .... The dramatic move provoked an international outcry. The U.S. and Canada expressed shock and environment campaigners said it would be a disaster.

Jun 01, 2007 Administration Rebukes Putin on His Policies

QUOTE: A top Russia expert at the State Department issued an unusually sharp public criticism on Thursday of Moscow’s behavior under President Vladimir V. Putin, describing the Kremlin as bullying its neighbors while silencing political opponents and suppressing individual rights at home.

New York Times
May 18, 2007 India Links Visa Flap with Doha Talks: The country's Commerce & Industry Minister says stories of work visa abuse by outsourcing companies could hurt chances for a global trade deal

QUOTE: India's premier outsourcing outfits are facing serious political heat in the U.S. over concerns that they are using the temporary and coveted temporary work visas (known as H-IBs) to replace U.S. employees with foreign workers and paying them below-market wages to undercut U.S. competitiveness. Led by giants such as Infosys (INFY) and Wipro (WIP), these Indian companies use a sizable number of the 65,000 visas allowed each year.

May 09, 2007 69 Afghans' Families Get a U.S. Apology: Marines Killed 19 Civilians in March

QUOTE: Col. John Nicholson said he apologized to a group of Afghan people in the eastern Nangahar province on behalf of the U.S. government and delivered solatia payments of approximately $2,000 to the families of 19 innocent civilians who died as a result of the March 4 attacks. U.S. commanders have said that the incident began when a suicide bomber drove a small van filled with explosives into a Marine Corps Forces Special Operations convoy that was on its way to a base in Jalalabad. The Marines then fired on people nearby and along several miles of their ensuing route through a crowded roadway, according to early investigative findings and an Afghan government human rights group.

Washington Post
May 03, 2007 Growth in India's industrial hub leaves many behind: Corruption, overregulation, and lack of jobs contribute to the wide gap between India's rich and poor.

QUOTE: India's capital-intensive approach to development, combined with the leadening effect of overregulation and corruption, is spreading India's newfound wealth down the economic ladder slowly, say experts. The gap between rich and poor is actually widening, economists say.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 29, 2007 Indian College Quota Law Suspended

QUOTE: Caste discrimination is outlawed but continues to persist in obvious and subtle ways, and the contest over the latest university admissions quotas revolve around how to best redress an entrenched and often ugly social bias...The proposal to extend the caste quotas last year set off blistering protests, primarily by medical students who argued that merit should be the only basis for admission to India’s intensely competitive medical schools. The legal challenge was filed by a group of medical students.

New York Times
Sep 05, 2006 Drug Piracy: A Wave of Counterfeit Medicines Washes Over Russia

QUOTE: the biggest problem presented by the fake drugs is violation of intellectual property rights, cutting into the profits of pharmaceutical companies. There do not appear to have been major injuries from the drugs, many of which are similar in makeup to the drugs they mimic...Counterfeiters operate illegally for profit, and the contents of the fake drugs can be different from the originals.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2006 Yukos Probe Widens To Include Westerners

QUOTE: The Russian prosecutor's office opened a criminal probe into allegations of money laundering and embezzlement by Steven M. Theede, the American former chief executive of the embattled Yukos oil company, and three other expatriate executives...The four "took advantage of their official positions to steal and legalize property that had been trusted to them, which caused considerable damage to the owner . . . the Yukos oil company."

Washington Post
Aug 10, 2006 Kyrgyz Deportations Draw U.N. Rebuke: Five Who Fled 2005 Uzbek Crackdown Could Face Abuse, Refugee Official Says

QUOTE: Five people who fled the Uzbek city of Andijan to neighboring Kyrgyzstan last year during a deadly government crackdown were turned over to Uzbekistan on Wednesday. The decision drew swift condemnation from the United Nations and human rights groups...their deportation violated international law.

Washington Post
May 28, 2006 Moscow's First Gay Pride Parade Disrupted by Police and Hecklers

QUOTE: Gay activists who attempted to lay flowers near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin wall and then assemble across from city hall were heckled and assaulted by skinheads, Orthodox Christians and radical nationalists.

Washington Post
Feb 15, 2006 Unions Around World to Protest Iran's Treatment of Bus Workers

QUOTE: Labor unions in 18 capitals, including Washington, are taking part today in demonstrations outside Iranian embassies and interest sections to protest the coercive treatment of bus drivers in Tehran and its suburbs, who have been beaten, jailed and dismissed for attempting to negotiate better wages.

Washington Post
Feb 14, 2006 Two Allies, Two Angles: New Film in Turkey, America's '24' Reflect Uneasy Relations, Divergent Perspectives

QUOTE: That two NATO allies that often speak of mutual respect regard each other so darkly on-screen says a good deal about the uneasy state of relations between Turkey and the United States, each of them proud, a bit insular and deeply concerned about the war in Iraq. ...the state of entertainment in Muslim Turkey also offers a lesson in how easy it remains for cultures to talk past each other...

Washington Post
Jul 30, 2005 U.S. Evicted From Air Base In Uzbekistan

QUOTE: Uzbekistan formally evicted the United States yesterday from a military base that has served as a hub for combat and humanitarian missions to Afghanistan...the United States will face several logistical problems for its operations in Afghanistan.

Washington Post
Jul 29, 2005 Afghan Women Put Lives on Line To Run for Office

QUOTE: ...328 women are running for the lower house of parliament, where 68 of 249 seats have been set aside for female representatives... Yet female candidates in provinces across the country have complained of receiving phone calls and letters threatening them with death if they don't withdraw.

Washington Post
Jun 04, 2005 Crackdown Muddies U.S.-Uzbek Relations: Washington in Talks on Long-Term Use of Base

QUOTE: "Now, as the Pentagon carries out a repositioning of U.S. forces overseas, the Bush administration finds itself pursuing the strategic and geopolitical benefits of the Uzbekistan base even as it expresses deep concern about the country's political repression and worries about the risk of American troops caught in widening civil unrest."

Washington Post