For Iranian politicians, public weeping can be a virtue - Washington Post, June 14, 2013
Velayati is not the first candidate in this Iranian presidential race to cry in public. According to Radio Liberty's Golnaz Esfandiari, former vice president Mohammad Reza Aref was recently asked during a state TV appearance about drug policy. During his answer, as he discussed the country's high rate of drug addiction, he wept right on camera. (Aref has since dropped from the race.)
Edward Snowden Tries to Win Friends in Hong Kong - Bloomsberg Business Week, June 13, 2013
There will be more action soon. Every year on July 1, the anniversary of the departure of the British and the return to Chinese rule, Hong Kong people march through the center of town to express various grievances against the government. Last year, the Voice of America reported that between 100,000 and 120,000 people turned out. The high point of Hong Kong street activism came in 2003, when some 500,000 people marched to protest proposed security laws by then-Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwah. A chastened Tung soon withdrew the proposals and in early 2005 resigned.
The Morning Risk Report: What's Reasonable in Data Protection? Only the FTC Knows - Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2013
Belarus sanctions extended. U.S. President Barack Obama has extended for one year the U.S. national emergency with respect to Belarus, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. It cites a White House statement as saying that the government of Belarus continued its crackdown against political opposition, civil society, and independent media last year.
Parliament chief says discrimination banned in Myanmar - Independent Online, June 14, 2013
Myanmar has faced strong international criticism over the Rohingya, a stark contrast to the enthusiasm over reforms in recent years over democratic reforms that have included an easing of censorship and freeing of political prisoners. Shwe Mann told Radio Free Asia while in Washington that he plans to run for president in 2015, making him the only declared candidate besides opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was freed from house arrest in 2010.
Tibetan student leader sentenced to jail by Chinese court - The Examiner, June 13, 2013 Wangchuk Dorjee, who was a student of the Middle School of Nationalities in Malho, was sentenced to four years in jail for allegedly leading the peaceful protest. Radio Free Asia said Dorjee was sentenced for his role as one of the primary organizers of the Tibetan students' protest. According a source, Dorjee was subjected to harsh interrogation techniques following his detention.
VoA: Karabakh conflict could be reignited during Azeri election - Public Radio of Armenia, June 14, 2013
Almost two decades ago, the big guns fell silent in the war between Armenians and Azeris. Today, the 1994 ceasefire trench lines remain frozen in place. But Azerbaijan holds presidential elections in October. Now, some fear this frozen conflict could reignite over Nagorno-Karabakh, the Voice of America writes.
Tibetan nun survives self-immolation attempt: reports - Business Standard, June 13, 2013
A Tibetan nun who set fire to herself in protest at Chinese rule appeared to have survived the self-immolation attempt, a rights group and a media outlet said. The woman set herself ablaze near Nyitso monastery -- the scene of similar protests -- in Daofu County, an area with many ethnic Tibetans in China's southwestern Sichuan province, Radio Free Asia (RFA) said.
Prokhorov To Sit Out Moscow Mayoral Race, Anti-Corruption Raids in Prague - Transitions Online, June 14, 2013
Crying foul play against the Kremlin, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov says he will not run in Moscow's upcoming mayoral election, Radio Free Europe reports. At a 13 June press conference, Prokhorov said his Civil Platform party "will not participate in the procedure of prolonging the current mayor's license."
Thousands March Against Putin, Bosnian Protests Prompt Government Shutdown - Transitions Online, June 13, 2013
Thousands of opposition protesters marched through Moscow on 12 June, Russia Day, demanding the resignation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the release of activists arrested during a 2012 anti-Putin protest, Reuters reports. According to Radio Free Europe, the protesters marched toward Moscow's Bolotnaya Square, where a peaceful demonstration turned violent on 6 May of last year, the eve of Putin's third presidential inauguration. RFE estimates the number of demonstrators at 10,000.
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The Office of Cuba Broadcasting Presents a Social Network for Cell Phones - Diario de Cuba, June 14, 2013
The Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) presented to the Congress of the United States their new communication strategies for the island, including the social network Piramideo. The social network will allow Cubans to connect through cell phones to create interest groups with family members, friends or clients, said Radio Marti.