Bloggasm: Gawker to publish Russian translation of buried GQ story critical of Vladimir Putin

Simon Owens: "I spoke to Gawker owner Nick Denton after the post hit the web. I first asked him whether there were any concerns that the blog would be violating GQ’s copyright by reprinting the piece. 'We’ll deal with that issue when we come to it,' Denton said. 'It’s not as if we’re cutting into GQ’s Russian audience: Conde Nast wasn’t planning to publish the piece in Moscow.'"

The Daily Dish: Self-Censorship Went Out With Denim Vests

Julian Sanchez: "The .. somewhat surprising thing is how successful the suppression attempt initially was. Because the article did still run in the U.S. print edition of a fairly high-circulation magazine, which hit newsstands over a week ago, and the only Google results for the article's title, as of late morning, were half a dozen references to the NPR story. Nota bene, incidentally, to publishers who think keeping content offline or locked behind paywalls is a winning strategy."

NPR: Why ‘GQ’ Doesn’t Want Russians To Read Its Story

Conde Nast management decided that the September issue of U.S. GQ magazine, which contains war reporter Scott Anderson's article, 'Vladimir Putin's Dark Rise to Power', should not be distributed in Russia, should not appear online and should not be published in any of the group's magazines abroad.

China-Japan tensions

With all the attention on North Korea, perhaps Eurocentric blogs like this one should be keeping a closer eye on the increasing “bilateral estrangement” between China and Japan.

The tensions are palpable at the elite level, such as the recent tensions over the Senkaku Islands near Taiwan. A lot of this has to do with access to potential oil reserves in the area.

But they are even more serious at the cultural level. Football matches between the two countries are not a pretty sight, and there are suggestions that “anti-Japanese nationalist sentiment is now being exploited to boost the Communist leadership’s waning ideological authority”.

Much of the Chinese anger geared towards Japan relates to the sense that Japan has not adequatly atoned for its crimes during the Second World War. A major sticking point is Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visits to the Yasakuni Shrine in Tokyo, where Japanese war dead, including a number considered war criminals, are buried.

The Japanese are concerned about the Chinese military and arms sales to it by Israel and the European Union. And according to Simon Tisdall in the Guardian, Russia is siding with Japan because it shares this concern.