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An app beats court

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013
Last year, Moscow’s top court banned gay-pride parades for 100 years. But it only took a year for gay rights supporters to offer a creative response. On June 30, they organised a virtual parade through the streets of Moscow to coincide with the famous Gay Pride march in New York. Yelena Goltsman of RUSA LGBT, an advocacy group in New York for Russian gays and one of the organisers, said her group carried a special geolocation app in the march. The app was synced in real time with a route in downtown Moscow using Google mapping.

India granted 'observer' status in Arctic Council

Issue Date: May 16, 2013
India has been granted the status of an observer in the Arctic Council, an organisation of global nations that coordinates Arctic policy. With the melting of Arctic ice, new waterways are emerging, creating opportunities for countries to tap the region’s so far inaccessible resources. There is growing competition over the untapped oil, natural gas, minerals and fish resources of the region.

Internet governance issues will dominate 2013

Treaty negotiated in Dubai is not a magic wand Author(s): Emma Llansó

Bribery live

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
Have you ever wanted to see an interactive map of all the bribes that change hands in the country?

Movie treasure returns

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
During the early 20th century the Soviet authorities had destroyed silent films produced during imperial rule, calling them bourgeois art. But around 350 of the 2,700 films created during the pre-Soviet era had survived, and are about to return home.

Putin’s nature love

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s widely publicised wildlife stunts, at least some of them, have been stage-managed.

Code of conduct for space

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012

Talking Turkey

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
In a rare collaboration, linguists from New Zealand used methods deployed by virologists to study origins of epidemics, to validate a theory that traced the roots of Indo-European languages to Turkey. The theory suggests the languages originated in Turkey.

Poor countries increase domestic funding for AIDS control programmes

Author(s): Sonal Matharu
Issue Date: Jul 23, 2012
As funds for AIDS programmes from developed nations gradually dry up, middle- and low-income countries are rising to the challenge. Domestic investments by BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) for the disease have increased by almost 120 per cent between 2006 and 2011, according to a new report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS or UNAIDS. These countries now fund, on average, more than 75 per cent of their domestic AIDS responses.
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