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7 August 2009

Stories from 7 August 2009

Egyptian Blogger Harassed at Cairo Airport (Again!)

Hossam El Hamalawy reports: A month after they detained him at the Cairo International Airport and confiscated his laptop, Blogger Wael Abbas has been stopped again, on his way back...

Hungary, Ukraine: Illegal Stem Cell Therapy

Last week, four people were arrested in Hungary on suspicion of giving illegal stem cell treatments, some of which were carried out in hotel rooms and private homes around the...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Cost of Propaganda

“The ultimate stakeholders, the public, must know how much it cost to make propaganda for a project which is ruinous to its health, economy and ecology”: In calling for public...

Guyana, Barbados: Barbadians First

Repeating Islands reports that The Council for Hemispheric Affairs has weighed in “on the heated dialogue that has ensued after the compulsory deportation of Guyanese nationals from Barbados…”

Trinidad & Tobago: The Spin Factor

B.C. Pires is following the Commission of Enquiry into Trinidad and Tobago's construction sector and notes that: “The legal costs of UdeCott and Calder Hart are being met entirely by...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Economic Outlook

In light of Standard & Poor's low financial rating for Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago blog The Liming House predicts: “If economic conditions in Jamaica and the Caribbean get much worse,...

Bermuda: Addressing Inequality

Catch a fire is interested in “what the Government has done, or should do, to address the continuing racial inequalities in Bermuda.”

India: Violation Of Human Rights

Subir Bhaumik comments on the numerous incidents of human rights violations by security forces in Assam and Northeast India: “this must stop if we have to convince the world we...

Pakistan: The Death Of Baitullah Mehsud

Pak Tea House confirms that Baitullah Mehsud, the most feared Taliban warlord was recently killed in a drone strike in the tribal areas of Pakistan along with his wife. Chowrangi...

Japan: Reactions to the Japanese tourist rip-off in Italy

Japanese tourists in Rome are said to have diminished in the last period. Not only the economic crisis but also the bad service that Italian restaurants and hotels provide to...

Bangladesh: Social Status And Definition Of Sexuality

Delwar Hussain at Unheard Voice informs: “in Bangladesh, how you define your sexuality can depend on class, education and family circumstances.” Read the post for details.

Bangladesh, India: Protesting The TipaiMukh Dam

Along with many Bangladeshis several Indian organizations are also protesting the proposed TipaiMukh Dam in India. BanglaPraxis highlights two of them: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), Assam writes to Indian...

Fake eggs in Myanmar

Today in Myanmar reports that fake eggs are being sold in some areas in Myanmar. The fake eggs were allegedly transported from neighboring countries.

Brunei retirement age now at 60

The Sultan of Brunei has increased the mandatory retirement age in the country from 55 to 60 years old.

China: Prostitutes more trustworthy than government officials

A startling result of an online survey of more than 3,376 people published by Insight China magazine reveals that China's prostitutes are considered by some to be more trustworthy than...

Myanmar: Buddhists Outraged by Actor's Photo

A controversial photo of a Burmese actor and his friends wearing saffron robes was posted on a popular Burmese blog, creating a severe outrage within the Burmese Buddhist community. GV...

Alex Castro: A liberal, libertarian and libertine Brazilian blogger

In this interview, Brazilian blogger Alex Castro talks about blogs, the prisons which enslave the human soul how he escaped them to live as a libertarian, and of course, about...

Iran: Free Abtahi Campaign

Free Abtahi site is launched to support Iranian leading reformist and blogger, Mohammad Ali Abtahi who has been jailed for about 2 months.

Georgia: Blogger reportedly targetted by Facebook, Twitter attack

CNET's blog carries a podcast report on the denial of service attacks on Facebook and Twitter which apparently targeted Georgian blogger Cyxymu as the first anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war...

Iran: “Ahmadinejad a phenomenal politician”

Farhad Jafari, an Iran based writer and blogger, writes [fa] that Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “is a phenomenal politician and is like a professional chess player…one thing that nobody can...

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