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· October, 2010

Stories from Quick Reads from October, 2010

Brazil: Dilma Rousseff elected president

Winning 55.7% of the total votes, Dilma Rousseff today became Brazil's first female president [pt]. Voter turnout was also high, with estimates lying between 92 and 96%. We will bring you...

Cote d'Ivoire : SMS Service Suspended During Elections to Prevent Violence

diabymohamed informs on Twitter that in anticipation of the presidential election of Sunday, Oct. 31 in Cote d'Ivoire, the Ivorian Telecom Authority (ATCI) decided to suspend short text message services,...

Georgia: Halloween protests & revelry

The Young Georgians examines the history of Halloween, and not least in Georgia where controversy often results in religious groups objecting to young people holding their own events. This year...

Armenia: Nationalist backlash against Azerbaijan film festival

Unzipped and Le Retour (in 3 Parts) comment on the nationalist backlash to a festival of films from Azerbaijan to be staged in Yerevan, Armenia, next week. The former says...

Egypt: Unauthorized Hebrew translation of a novel

M. Lynx Qualey, commented on the latest news that Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany has lashed out at an unauthorized Hebrew translation of his most popular novel “The Yacoubian building“.

Palestine: Autumn in Gaza

Lina, who blogs at Live From Gaza gives us a view of the brooding autumnal sky from her window.

Vietnam: Analysis on blog arrests

Saigonnezumi from Vietnam provides some background to the “crackdown’ of bloggers in Vietnam in the past year.

Malaysia: Universal Service Provision fund

Bloggers from Malaysia demand an accounting of the Universal Service Provision fund which is being collected from telecommunication companies in order to improve internet connectivity in the rural areas.

Mexico: Drug Gangs Using Guerrilla Tactics?

Tim Johnson says that, “Thursday’s killing of nine police is important for what it reveals about the tactical military capabilities of drug gangs.”

Pakistan: Who’s perception is this?

Faisal Kapadia at Deadpan Thoughts questions the transparency and methodology of the Transparency International's Pakistan operation and the validity of its corruption perception index.

Bangladesh: Participating In Global Hand Washing Day 2010

“The students of The Dhaka Project staged 6 different drama’s addressing the importance of awareness of Global Hand Washing Day on 30th October 2010,” informs Touhid at The Dhaka project...

Cote d'Ivoire : Citizen and Collaborative Election Monitoring System

The internetsansfrontieres.com website informs [Fr]: “For the presidential elections in Cote d'Ivoire on Oct. 31, Internet Sans Frontières and Akendewa set up a citizen and collaborative election monitoring system. The...

Japan: Photography Project ‘Yamanote Loop’

Steve from the Fwdmovement site has kicked off a photography project called Yamanote Loop. The project will cover each of the 29 stations in Tokyo's JR Yamanote Line, starting with...

Egypt: From Dakar … with love

Fatma Emam, an Egyptian female blogger, wrote about her experience in searching for her real identity during her visit to Dakar.

Egypt: The Story of Totalitarianism

Egyptian-in-USA wrote interesting reflections from George Orwell's novel 1984, projecting them to the current political situation in Egyptian today.

MENA: Women Writing; Women Reading

Canadian expat, Maryanne Gabbani, recommended a few of her favorite female writers from the Arab world. In a way, she is trying to prove her experience that while life for...

‘Bloggers for Malaysia’ group

The ‘Bloggers for Malaysia’ group was formed this month to protect the welfare of bloggers in Malaysia in light of the recent cases filed by the police against online critics...

Malaysia: Questionable overseas trips of tourism minister

Wee Choo Keong, a blogger-parliamentarian from Malaysia questions the cost of the 16 overseas trips made by the tourism minister last year.

Pakistan: Paypal Denied

Faisal Khan updates the struggle of Pakistani net users to bring Paypal to Pakistan.

Tanzania: Vote, don't wage war

“Today is the last day of campaigning before Tanzania and Zanzibar go to the polls to elect a new Government. Elections in Zanzibar are extremely close-fought events, though you wouldn’t...

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