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· July, 2013

Stories about Weblog from July, 2013

31 July 2013

Transgender Teen's Murder Raises Spectre of Jamaican Homophobia

The mob murder of a transgender youth has got bloggers discussing the country's homophobic laws and Jamaicans' attitude towards gay people.

What Does a “Green Party” Win Mean for Trinidad & Tobago Politics?

Trinidad and Tobago‘s hotly contested Chaguanas West by-election ended with a resounding victory on Monday night for Jack Warner, who reclaimed his seat with a convincing win.

Zimbabweans Vote as President Mugabe Seeks Seventh Term

Mugabe is the only president the country has had since its independence from Britain in 1980.

Abre Latam, an Open Conference for an Open Region

Technology for Transparency Network

Reviews and photos from Abre Latam, an event about open data and transparency in Latin American governments which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay.

INTERVIEW: How TEDx Talks Are Putting São Tomé On the Map

"Connected to the World" was the motto of the first TEDx event in the African island where a local revolution is taking place with the arrival of 3G Internet.

#FreeSafy – Bahrain Arrests Blogger in Dawn Raid

Bahraini blogger Mohammed Hassan was arrested at dawn today. His telephone and computer were confiscated. Netizens call for his release.

Brazil's Vinegar Revolt Renews Police Demilitarization Debate

Some argue it is impossible for Brazil's military police, a leftover from from the country's dictatorship, to view the people as anything but the enemy.

30 July 2013

Kuwaiti Emir Pardons Jailed Tweeters

Under Kuwaiti law, lese majeste is prohibited as the Emir's stance "cannot be violated." Some argued those convicted and imprisoned were exercising their freedom of speech.

Election of Members of Constitutional Court Sparks Protests in Peru

Under the banner "This Congress doesn't represent me," Peruvians took to the streets to protest a controversial election of various public officials by the Congress.

Immigrants: Much More Than an Abstract Number (Part II)

This is the second part of an interview with Mexican journalist Eileen Truax, who spoke about mainstream media and their coverage of immigration issues, among other topics.

Ugandans Take Digs at Kenya's Bestiality Trend on Twitter

Following a news report of Kenya's supposed increase in bestiality cases, Ugandans took to Twitter to lampoon their neighbors.

Brazil: ‘Real Men Don't Beat Women’

If you deepen into the figures of domestic violence against women in Brazil, you will find that one in five women are victims.

Is India Biting Off More Than It Can Chew with its New Food Security Bill?

The National Food Security Ordinance 2013 recently effected by India's government will provide food subsidies for two out of three Indians. Can India afford it?

Outspoken Chinese Singer Detained Over Online Bomb Threat

Some fear authorities will make an example of her with harsh punishment.

Ecuadorian Football Star Christian Benítez Dies

Football fans are saddened by the unexpected death of the Ecuadorian "Chucho" Benítez, current champion with Club América [Mexico].

29 July 2013

Saudi Security Forces Burn Down House and Cars in Awwamiya Raid

Abbas Al-Mazraa and six of his brothers were arrested in Awwamiya today. The raid resulted in the burning of the family's house and cars.

Germany: Demonstrations Against Surveillance

#stopwatchingus was the motto of demonstrations that took place last Saturday in Germany. The participants were protesting against surveillance by the secret services and government inaction.

Cairo: “Non-stop Sound of Gunshots”

Egyptian blogger Mosa'ab Elshamy was at Rabaa Al Adawiya, where 100 people were killed and 1,500 injured during clashes at a pro-Morsi sit-in in Cairo.

Free Assisted Reproduction Could Be Denied to Lesbians and Single Women in Spain

The government is accused of legislating according to their ideology and being strongly influenced by the Catholic church.

Brunei Bans Daytime Dining in Muslim Restaurants

The new directive which surprised many people applies to foreigners and tourists as well during the holy month of Ramadan

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