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· July, 2011

Stories about Photos from July, 2011

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Kuwait: Bidun fly “Freedom Balloons”

A month ago, the stateless community of Kuwait started a 3 day-long campaign of “flipping your twitter avatar” to catch the media's attention and highlight their cause for the world. This Friday, they've made another campaign to set balloons in the air, calling them “freedom balloons". Mona Kareem shares the story.

Haiti: Revered Flag Maker Dies

  29 July 2011

Repeating Islands acknowledges the passing of “Silva Joseph, a highly regarded Vodou flag maker…in the tradition of BelAir’s famous flag artists, such as Tibout, Joseph Fortine and Luc Daniel Cedor.”

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South Korea: 41 Dead in Torrential Flooding and Landslides

  28 July 2011

Torrential rain has battered South Korea for several consecutive days, causing landslides, flooding and power cuts. At least 41 people have been killed and 12 people are still missing. Throughout the disaster, South Koreans have shared updated stories, photos and useful tips for those affected via Twitter.

China: Double Frontage

  27 July 2011

On July 27, 2011, Qianjiang Daily's have two versions of its newspaper's frontpage. One is about Wenzhou train crash, the headline said: Today is the fifth day of the accident, 11 lives are still struggling. Add oil! Be strong. The second version is a commercial. Netizens believe [zh] that the...

Jamaica: Reggae Sumfest

  25 July 2011

Tallawah blogs about the Top 10 performances at this year's Reggae Sumfest, here and here, while Active Voice posts photos.

China: Dead fishes

  25 July 2011

Heavy rainfall brought hazardous and toxic pollutants in large quantities into the river, killing thousands of fishes in Hai river. You can see the scene at the Ministry of Tofu.

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Philippines: Planking Against Education Cuts

  24 July 2011

Thousands of students in the Philippines took to the streets on July 19 to demand a higher budget for education from President Noynoy Aquino. The protesting students used the latest planking craze to register their grievances.

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China: Bring Your Books to Rural Villages

  21 July 2011

A prominent Chinese scholar is encouraging netizens to "bring their books to the villages". Now a number of centres have been set up in cities across the country to handle the book donations and collect funds to go towards building libraries in rural areas.

Ghana: Creativity at Chale Wote Street Festival

  18 July 2011

Nana blogs about the Chale Wote Street Festival in James Town in Ghana: “Creativity is gradually finding its voice again in Ghana. Yesterday was proof. Poets, Musicians, Artists, performers, cyclists and all sorts of creatives stormed this ancient part of Accra and breathed fresh life into it.”

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China: Independent Candidates Busy Building Up Support

  17 July 2011

Amid a crackdown on a small but nationwide movement that has seen Chinese citizens from all walks of life declaring themselves candidates in their upcoming local district-level legislative elections, a few have pressed on, with ads, videos and endless tweets.

Russia: Banksy-Style Graffiti at Child Charity Organization

Dmitry Markov, photoblogger who works for Pskov child charity organization “Rostok,” [ru] publishes [ru] pictures of Banksy-style graffiti at the walls of the organization's building. The graffiti were created by the kids that “Rostok” takes care of together with Markov. Instead of dull white walls, now there are rainbows and silhouettes...

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Sao Tome and Principe: Saving a Cultural Crossroads

  12 July 2011

The celebration of Sao Tome and Principe's 36th anniversary of independence, on July 12, involves cultural and traditional events being held throughout the country. The country has been a cultural crossroads for centuries, absorbing various traditions into a unique blend. Bloggers help document dance traditions, and express regret that not enough is being done to preserve them for future generations.

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Malaysia: Bersih Rally on Social Media

  9 July 2011

More than 1,400 people were arrested by the police in today’s Bersih 2.0 rally which was organized to push for electoral reforms in Malaysia. Police used teargas to disperse a crowd which reached up to 50,000 according to the organizers.

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