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· August, 2010

Stories about Weblog from August, 2010

31 August 2010

Venezuela: Franklin Brito Dies After Several Hunger Strikes

Franklin Brito, a farmer who had been on a hunger strike since July 2009, died from a respiratory arrest in a military hospital on Monday night. Brito had lived through...

Egypt: Utilizing Technology to Demand Accountability on Torture, Police Brutality

Technology for Transparency Network

Bloggers and activists in Egypt are using freely available online tools to expose torture and police brutality and to hold the government accountable for these human rights abuses.

U.S. Virgin Islands: The Effects of Hurricane Earl

Hurricane Earl made its way across the U.S. Virgin Islands yesterday as bloggers continued to share their thoughts and experiences. Jamaican diaspora blogger Labrish, who “[has] been fortunate to travel...

China: Hidden village of Dafen produces 60% of world's oil paintings

A small artist colony of 8000 artists outside of Shenzhen, China is producing 60% of the world's oil paintings.

Malaysia: Racist Attack on Eve of Independence Day

On the eve of Malaysia's Independence Day, a story was reported on Facebook about an alleged racist attack by several teenagers. Here are some online reactions and reflections on racism...

30 August 2010

Armenia-Azerbaijan: More dialogue through film

With national television in Armenia and Azerbaijan controlled by the authorities or government-linked individuals, there is little opportunity for independent reporting. Now more objective and human interest stories can be...

Nicaragua: The Result of the 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media

The 2.0 Meeting of Blogs and New Media took place on August 12 and 13 in Managua, Nicaragua. Here we summarize the even't results through images, podcasts, videos and blogs.

Caribbean: “Earl” Watch

It's that time again: Hurricane season. Regional bloggers, having been affected by brutal storms in the past, are keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Earl, which has now been classified...

Western Europe: A journey through tech for transparency projects

Technology for Transparency Network

Sylwia Presley takes us on a tour of technology for transparency projects in Western Europe.

Ghana: Former President Connects With People On Facebook

It has been almost a year and half since John Kufuor respectfully handed over power to Ghanaian President Atta Mills. Despite leaving office, Kufuor still sees the need to communicate...

Australia Still Waiting for a New Government

A week after its election, Australia is waiting for a new government. Neither side won a majority of the 150 House of Representative seats. Bloggers have been busy speculating not...

Japan: Web Startups Present at WISH 2010

The second edition of the web industry event WISH was held on August 28th, and hundreds gathered to hear a panel discussion by industry leaders and 14 presentations by startup...

Russia: Online Cooperation as an Alternative for Government?

RuNet Echo

Gregory Asmolov analyzes causes of the highly successful cooperation within the Russian online community during the recent wildfires crisis and examines whether online collaboration can provide a sustainable alternative for...

West Africa: Drug Traffickers and Politico-Military Dictators

The UN assistant representative in Africa against drug trafficking Cyriaque Sobtafo recently stated that west Africa is now the hub for cocaine trafficking. Many countries are affected and the sudden...

29 August 2010

Costa Rica: University Students Protest Budget Agreements

Some University of Costa Rica students took hold of the social sciences building in protest of the budgetary agreement that was reached between the government and university officials where a...

Russia: Adventures of Israeli Blogger in Russian Hospital

RuNet Echo

Sometimes it takes a foreigner blogging about her experiences in a hospital to pinpoint the "shocking truth" about your country.

Angola: “Alambamento” and Marriage Practices

In Angola, there is quite strong cultural tradition of the asking of the hand of bride in marriage, called alambamento. Considered by some more important that the civil or christian...

Colombia: Cat Launching Video by Radio DJ Causes Outrage

A video uploaded by DJ Yohan Melguizo on popular social network Facebook two months ago is causing outrage among animal lovers in Medellin, Colombia.

South Asia: Bloggers On The ‘Ground Zero Mosque’

The recent debate on the planned Islamic Center/Mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, USA has been reverberated in many blogospheres around the world....

28 August 2010

Morocco: The Sublime Sufi Revival

The rhythms of a Sufi revival are passionately reverberating through the corridors of Morocco, and they are not going unheard, especially by the nation’s youth.

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