Governance

Bermuda: The Good Governance Act

“The Web has been around for 20 years now. It’s a pity the Bermuda Government has yet to use it to distribute the bills that have been tabled for debate in the House of Assembly…”: Still, Vexed Bermoothes manages to get a copy of the Good Governance Act and shares his thoughts.

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Hungary: Public Media Job Cuts

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the stuff cuts at the three Hungarian public media outlets: “My understanding is that the two television stations [MTV and Dune TV] and Magyar Rádió have a total of something like 3,500 employees. From the little one can learn about the government's plans, most likely 1,000 people will get pink slips between now and the fall.

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Ecuador's Growing Problem with Organized Crime

Bloggings by Boz, explains that “Ecuador is experiencing more violent and organized crime because of an increase in drug trafficking”, and points out: “The most recent surveys I saw in Ecuador showed that crime is becoming a political liability for President Correa.”

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El Salvador: Problems After Change in Propane Gas Subsidy

El Salvador from the Inside explains the controversy over a change in the propane gas subsidy which was meant to help the poor. The subsidy is now “tied to your electric bill [and] given only to those who use less than a specific number of Kilowatts […] In theory, it sounds like the perfect plan. In practice, it turned into a disaster for many people.”

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China: Red culture fever

Before Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai launched his Red Songs campaign this year, the latest component of his larger ‘red revival' scheme which began in 2008, prisons in the city had begun promoting “red culture” as a way to rehabilitate inmates.

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Czech Republic: The President's Chilean Pen Incident

Written by Veronica Khokhlova

The Reference Frame comments on the Czech President Václav Klaus' successful attempt to steal a protocol pen during a joint press conference with the Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in Chile.

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