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11 July 2008

Stories from 11 July 2008

Iran: Students support Tavancheh, a leftist student

Abed Tavancheha, an Iranian leftist student and blogger, was sentenced to 8 months prison for his political activities. He has less than 3 weeks to request an appeal. More than...

Trinidad & Tobago: Survival Strategy

Trinidadian blogger, The Coffee Wallah, isn't impressed by the G8 leaders’ tree-planting exercise, and says our approach to the environment reminds her of a Hollywood action movie. “Are we really...

India: HIV Testing

To Each Its Own on the role of law in the issue of pre-marital HIV testing.

Sri Lanka: Scarcity of Seed Paddy

GroundView on the farmers in Sri Lanka facing hardships as a result of the scarcity of seed paddy for them to sow.

Pakistan: Women and Jihad

CHUP! on women gathering at the Red Mosque in Pakistan.

Iran: Balatarin, a successful citizen media story

Meet Yahyanejad, the founder of the very successful Balatarin site, a community website which users can use to share links to webpages they find interesting, with an emphasis on the...

Barbados: Mottley Declares Assets

In the follow-up to Prime Minister David Thompson's first Budget Speech, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley declares her assets, becoming the first Barbadian politician to do so. De Standpipe and Bajan...

Barbados: Trini Invasion

As Barbados gears up for its annual “Crop Over” carnival, Boyce Voice protests the inclusion of several Trinidadian performers as headliners in the festival's biggest event.

Bermuda: Tourism Outsourced

News that the Bermuda Department of Tourism is retrenching workers at its New York office, and outsourcing to an unnamed US sales company, leaves Vexed Bermoothes asking a lot of...

Jamaica: The Need To Take Responsibility

My View of JamDown From Up So uses recent international news events to illustrate how the Jamaican authorities and media may handle—or not handle—similar stories.

Serbia: Arts Roundup

Here are some picks from the blogosphere on the Serbian literature, architecture, film, music, visual arts and cuisine. Enjoy!

Serbia: “Face to Face With Digitalization”

The Parliament of the Republic of Serbia elected a new government a few days ago. The basic goals now are for the new Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic to strive for...

Japan: View from Ecuador on WaiWai “Child Hunt”

WaiWai was a column in Japan's fourth largest newspaper Mainichi, published for years in the English version of their website and featuring some of the most scandalous (and mostly fabricated)...

China and Japan: Support to Earthquake Orphans

Martin J Frid from Kurashi blogs about a Japanese non-profitable group, Ashinaga's initiative in helping earthquake Orphans. Recently the group helped bring Japanese earthquake orphans to Sichuan.

China: Internet Commentators

Woshiyangxue posted a list of professional requirements for internet commentators (the so-called 50 Cents gang). The blogger also collected some ads from various local media on recruitment of internet commentators.

China: Uncle Tea

Zhongguotese wrote a letter to uncle tea (national security guards) who like to invite netizens for a cup of tea (investigation). The blogger believed that they are just getting their...

China: Support Yang Jia

Although Yang Jia (楊佳) had murdered 6 polices in Shanghai, netizens in general showed sympathy towards Yang. Ai Wei Wei pointed out that the Shanghai police lied about the case...

Guatemala: Was Antigua the Inspiration for the Little Prince?

For a relatively small country, Guatemala's magnificant scenery can awaken one's imagination. From the 37 volcanoes that rise up from the landscape to the mystical Lake Atitlan, it is a...

Caucasus: Russian Language

Social Science in the Caucasus comments on data indicating the level of English and Russian language proficiency in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Ecuador: Book Fair in Guayaquil

Nuestros Reflejos [es] invites all to the Book Fair currently being held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and which she is helping to organize.

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