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Turkmenistan is renowned as one of the world’s most repressive and closed countries but, in the summer of 2011, ordinary citizens risked imprisonment to inform the world about a deadly explosion at an arms depot near the capital, delivering the country’s first battle in the “Information 2.0

In December 2010, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected after a fraud-ridden ballot. Lukashenko, head of state since 1994, topped the poll with almost 80 percent of the votes.

It is a fanciful story that testifies to the irony of history. On 1 February 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini set foot in Iran for the first time after spending 14 years in exile.

On 18 September 2001, with world attention still dominated by the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, the Eritrean government seized the moment to move decisively toward totalitarian control.

Launched in 2002, De Cuba was the first independant magazine ever created under Fidel Castro's rule. It was revived as a bimonthly in 2002 by Ricardo González Alfonso, who managed to publish two issues before being arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison on 7 April 2003.

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