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· August, 2013

Stories from Quick Reads from August, 2013

Wikipedia in Guarani

This year, Wikipedia in Spanish reached one million articles and released a basic user guide in Guaraní. The idea is to revive the Guaraní-speaking community in this great platform. So...

Young Kyrgyz and Tajiks Learn to Blog

More than 20 young activists from the Central Asian nations of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are learning the basics of blogging at a summer school in northern Tajikistan. Rustam Gulov reports...

Bangladesh: Startling Disaster Stats Of Three Decades

During 1980-2010 Bangladesh faced approximately 234 natural disasters. A shocking number of 191,836 people died in these calamities. PreventionWeb has the detailed statistics.

Charges Dropped for South Korean Indicted for Retweeting North Korean Messages

Park Jeong-geun, a photographer/activist who was sentenced to 10 months jail term for satirically re-tweeting messages from a North Korean official account, was found not guilty [ko]. A flurry of tweets congratulating...

A Lesson on Dignity from Syria

This post is part of our Special Coverage Surviving in Syria. On his Facebook Page, Rebel Painter of Horan expressed his cynicism towards the silence of Arabs silence following the “chemical weapon attack”...

Brazilian Soccer Team Launches Campaign Against Racism

[All links lead to Portuguese-language pages unless otherwise noted.] In a video released Monday, August 12, the soccer team Grêmio of Porto Alegre brought together some of the key players...

Pro-Morsi Supporters Rally Across Egypt

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia maintains a live blog here for protests and rallies planned by supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi across Egypt today. (August 23, 2013) She adds: There...

Bradley Manning's Sentence Could Chill Investigate Journalism

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) issued a statement after Army Private First Class Bradley Manning's sentence was handed down on August 21, saying that the harsh treatment Manning endured...

Caribbean: Tumbling Into Art

ARC has a list of 21 Caribbean artists you should be following on Tumblr.

Jamaica: “Sketch in Stories”

The Caribbean has not been as acutely aware of sequential art/cartoon/ comics as a creative practice. ART:Jamaica interviews one illustrator who is exploring the genre.

Kazakhstan Eyes 2022 Winter Olympics

Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city and the former capital, will be bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics. However, blogger Politolog warns [ru] that the event might prove too costly for the oil-rich...

Crowdfunding Project in Brazil Seeks to Finance Independent Reporters

Non-profit journalism agency Publica is launching a crowdfunding projecy to support independent investigative jounalism.

Prison Overcrowding in Indonesia

Leopold Sudaryono tackles the problem of prison overcrowding in Indonesia. In 2011, there were 144,000 prisoners in the country. Prisons were reported to be overcrowded by 45 per cent on...

Suspicions Arose Over North Korean Defector-Turned-Lawmaker

During a parliamentary hearing on the spy agency election interference scandal, Cho Myung-chul, a ruling party lawmaker famous for being the first North Korean defector to take a senior government post in...

Syria: Photos of Chemical Weapons

On Brown Moses Blog more evidence illustrating what is believed to be the devices which have been used in the “Chemical Weapons attack” on 21/08/2013 in Damascus suburbs, Syria, has...

Photo: Pro-Morsi Supporters Rally in Cairo

Journalist Evan Hill shares this photograph of supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi from a rally at the Arab League Street in Cairo today.

Wave of Violence Against Guatemalan Journalists

Guatemalan journalists Carlos Alberto Orellana Chávez was gunned down on Monday, August 19, 2013; he is the fourth journalist killed in Guatemala this year. In an opinion piece [es] published...

The Walls Can Talk in Puerto Rico and New York City

The alternative music venue La Respuesta, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, presents “Los Muros Hablan NYC” (The Walls Talk NYC), the New York edition of the urban art festival that has...

Bicycles in Vietnam

Karen Hewell and Marc Forster-Pert featured some of the common bicycles used in Vietnam such as the mountain bike, the Thong Nhat GN-03 model, 1930 Calla, Surly’s ‘Karate Monkey’, Mumar...

VIDEO: “Mermaids of Timor-Leste”

A film about four generations of fisherwomen striving to make a living in the coastal village of Adara, in the small island of Ataúro, Timor-Leste is soon to be released...

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