My last week Around the Bloc, 30 July – 3 August
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My last week Around the Bloc, 30 July – 3 August

Human rights activist murdered in Uzbekistan A human rights activist was killed in Uzbekistan 25 July. Akromhodzha Mukhitdinov, 59, was a member of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan (HRAU) and the “Birdamlik” movement, according to uznews.net. Mukhitdinov was attacked in the center of his home village of Tinchlik, southwest of the capital, Tashkent. He was … Continue reading

Wiretapping increases across the EU and beyond
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Wiretapping increases across the EU and beyond

This article first appeared on TOL’s blog Net Prophet   Wiretapping and retention of users’ data by government agencies has increased across Europe in the last years. The trend has been thoroughly analyzed in a report by the European Commission. In the report on Data Retention Directive, the statistics from certain former communist countries particularly stand … Continue reading

Kazakh Wikipedia awarded for its impressive development
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Kazakh Wikipedia awarded for its impressive development

This article was published on TOL’s blog Net Prophet: Kazakh Wikipedia has received an award at the annual Wikimania conference, which was held this year in Washington DC. The conference recognized Kazakhstan’s success in the development and improvement of its national division of Wikipedia, the biggest online encyclopedia, writes Caspionet.kz. The Kazakh Wikipedia project, already voted … Continue reading

A Week Around the Bloc, July 23th – 27th
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A Week Around the Bloc, July 23th – 27th

Uzbek opposition leader flees the country An opposition leader in Uzbekistan went into self-imposed exile 13 July, saying she feared being charged with attempting to overthrow the government, Radio Free Europe reports. Nigora Hidoyatova is the leader of Ozod Dehqonlar (Free Farmers), an unregistered opposition party. She would not disclose her current location, citing security concerns. “I was … Continue reading

Do androids dream of Russian investors – and other stories
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Do androids dream of Russian investors – and other stories

new items published on TOL‘s blog Net Prophet June 26th Do androids dream of Russian investors? The word “robot” was first created and popularized in the 1920s by the Czech brothers Karel and Josef Capek. The term is derived the Czechrobotnik, “slave”, but the root “robot” is used in many Slavic languages to mean “work” … Continue reading

A Week Around the Bloc, July 16th-20th
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A Week Around the Bloc, July 16th-20th

Monday, July 16th Most-wanted Nazi suspect found in Budapest The Simon Wiesenthal Center says it has tracked Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, its most-wanted Nazi war-crimes suspect, to the Hungarian capital. Csizsik-Csatary, who has for decades eluded justice, is accused of collaborating in the murders of almost 16,000 Jews, AFP writes. Wiesenthal Center director Efraim Zuroff said information has been sent … Continue reading

ATB, July 12th: Serbian president softens rhetoric on Kosovo
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ATB, July 12th: Serbian president softens rhetoric on Kosovo

Once a close ally of strongman Slobodan Milosevic, new Serbian President Tomas Nikolic recently offered some softer rhetoric on the status, though not the independence, of Kosovo. “I don’t think I will ever again be president in Pristina,” Nikolic said, referring to the capital of the ethnic Albanian region that proclaimed its independence from Serbia … Continue reading