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23 October 2008

Stories from 23 October 2008

Egyptian Blogger Nora Younis Wins Human Rights First Award

Egyptian blogger and human rights activist Nora Younis was awarded the Annual Human Rights Award today.

Armenia: Independent Inquiry

Unzipped has already speculated that the recent decision by the opposition to halt demonstrations and rallies might have been part of some deal with the government. Now, following demands for...

Honduras: Heavy Rains and Climate Change

The rains in El Progreso, Honduras are causing alarming effects and it seems that climate changes are affecting the entire country writes Sandra Erika Gómez of Vaya Pues! [es]

Ecuador: One Blogger's Thoughts on the 15 Most Relevant Blogs

Eduardo Palacios of Technodatum [es] lists the 15 most relevant blogs in Ecuador in his opinion, and invites readers to add to the list.

Costa Rica: Environmental Disasters in Osa and Crucitas

Jaguar del Platanar [es] is worried about man-made environmental disasters in the Costa Rican communities of Osa and Crucitas.

Bolivia: First Draft Constitution a Bargaining Chip?

Bolivian President Evo Morales recently revealed that the first draft Constitution was originally planned to be used as a way to bargain the opposition in accepting a more moderate document....

Climate Change: Increasing The Spread of Diseases?

Melting ice caps, rising sea levels and extreme weather patterns aren't the only potential consequences of climate change. Scientists are warning that changes in global climate may also endanger public...

Brazilian myths and haunts on the Lusosphere – Part 2

On the first article of this series, we searched Brazilian websites that could tell us some stories about the haunts and the mythical beings of Brazilian folklore. Now, in the...

India: Could be better

Nirmalya Nag takes a critical look at the development of India in the past sixteen years. The GDP has quadrupled, poverty has declined; but he makes a case that the...

Brazil: Blogging to get a voice

On introducing his blogs to friends, Brazilian blogger Alexandre [pt] has to continually answer to the question about why he blogs if it brings him no money. His answer is...

Bangladesh: An award winning E-governance site

The Brook Song (ঝর্ণার গান) reports that a Bangladeshi site “” won the Manthan Award 2008 on E-Governance category. The site tracks all the information related to contesting politicians and...

Caucasus: U.S. Presidential Election Preferences

Social Science in the Caucasus examines the findings of a poll for The Economist which indicates that support for Republican presidential candidate John McCain is stronger than for his Democratic...

Caucasus: New Media Blog

Azerbaijani new media specialist Emin Huseynzade (interviewed by Global Voices Online here) has launched a new English-language blog. Caucasus New Media will detail the growth of blogs, as well as...

China: Shekou 30th anniversary

Maryannodonnell writes a brief review on China open door history and the 30th anniversary of Shekou Industrial Zone.

Japan: The Illegal Download Explained, on 2-Channel

Over the last years, the sometimes raucous nature of the Japanese Internet has repeatedly come under fire over concerns about issues such as harmful content and copyright infringement. Now the...

Hong Kong: Creative Commons Launch

Rebecca Mackinnon blogs about the set of exciting events and happenings around the launch of Creative Commons Hong Kong licenses.

Environment: GM Labelling in South Africa

Ethical Co-op blog reports that Genetically modified foods are to be labeled in South Africa, and warns against the tactics used by GM lobbyists who did not support the ruling...

Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Artistic Obama

“I observed the poster designed by Obay, Shepard Fairley about a year ago…but I did not make that much of it. I assumed that it was just a few illustrators...

Bermuda: Keep On Truckin’

Truckers in Bermuda are staging a protest, according to this post at Vexed Bermoothes.

Cuba, Jamaica: Press Freedom Index

Diaspora bloggers from Cuba (Uncommon Sense) and Jamaica (My View of JamDown from Up So) talk about where their respective countries fall in the recently-released Reporters Without Borders 2008 press...

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