The press and broadcast media are fairly tightly controlled in Russia, but up until now the blogosphere has been comparatively free, with a wide range of political opinion and satire being available on the web. Now all that may change, as the government considers its options for controlling the internet. One possibility is that it may target ISPs, forcing them to remove undesirable sites and demanding that they install software that allows the state security services to monitor their customers’ browsing habits and email.
In other news, seeing all the fun that Italy has been having during the visit of Col. Moamar Qaddaffi, France is eager to develop its own special relationship with Libya.
Meanwhile, although smallpox has been eradicated, a similar disease known as monkeypox is emerging in Central Africa and taking an increasing toll upon human victims.
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Thanks to C. Cantoni, Erick Stakelbeck, Fjordman, Insubria, JD, JP, Lurker from Tulsa, TB2, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.
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