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22 August 2005

Stories from 22 August 2005

China: “Purifying” the Chinese Internet

The Chinese newspaper Southern Weekend has a detailed article explaining how the Chinese government goes about censoring and controlling internet speech. EastSouthWestNorth has a full translation. (More background at Chinadigitaltimes.)

Venezuela: Ballot Machine Software

Aleksander Boyd does some investigative blogging into the vote software company Smartmatic and concludes, it is “worrying indeed that a company with connections to the Hugo Chavez regime has been...

Trinidad and Tobago: Crime

Taran Rampersad continues his discussion of crime in Trinidad and Tobago.

Peru: Shining Path Leader Goes on Trial

Boli-Nica covers the upcoming trial of Abimael Guzman. the former leader of the Shining Path.

Argentina: Thoughts on Afghanistan and Media

Jorge Gobbi, from Buenos Aires, gives his thoughts on the inadequate media coverage of Afghanistan in Argentina and around the world.

Brazil: Lula – the dream is over

Brazilian International Affairs professor, Arthur Ituassu discusses the political crisis that has stemmed the once enthusiastic support behind president Lula da Silva.

Ecuador: New and Old Media Roundup

Publius Pundit has an insanely thorough update of what is going in Ecuador by dipping into the mainstream media, bloggers, and forums.

Armenia: View of Yerevan

Marmot Power‘s travelogue-style view of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, has sparked a lively debate in the comments section of this post.

Azerbaijan: Women election candidates

Of the 362 candidates registered so far for November's general election in Azerbaijan, 150 are women, notes Marianna's election monitor blog.

Jamaica: Inspecting Hurricane Damage

Fyr has a look around the Saint Thomas river in Jamaica to inspect the damage wrought by hurricanes Dennis and Emily.

Nigeria: President tackles issue of torture

Human Rights Watch calls for concrete action from Nigeria following an unprecendented statement by President Olusegun Obasanjo, who admitted that Nigerian police officers have committed killings and torture.

Software Freedom Day

Emeka Okafor at Timbuktu Chronicles reports on open source initiatives across Africa on Software Freedom Day.

Caribbean: Blog Ring

Doan Mind Me directs us to a newly created webring for Caribbean bloggers.

Israel/Palestine: Gaza Disengagement

In her attempt to revisit the issue of house demolitions, to speak again with the thousands of Palestinian who lost their homes in Rafah all in the name of security...

Pakistan: Carpets!

Pakistan: Carpets!

Pakistan: Makeover for the Anthem

Pakistan: Makeover for the Anthem

Saudi: Robotics Course not for Females

In reference to a course in robotics attended by thirty-nine gifted Saudi students coming from all over the kingdom, Alhamedi of The Religious Policeman Blog asks, Not one of the...

India: Socialism, Free Markets and other Myths

India: Socialism, Free Markets and other Myths

Nepal: Language and Identity

Nepal: Language and Identity

Tunisia: World Summit Youth Award

Marouen from Tunisia is looking forward to attend the World Summit on the Information Society which will be held in Tunis on the forthcoming November to promote the World Summit...

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