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1 April 2010

Stories from 1 April 2010

Global Voices Unofficial Mascot Feared Lost

Unidentified sources have questioned whether a certain furry yellow creature will make an appearance at the Global Voices Summit in Santiago, or whether the neon creature has in fact been...

Bangladesh: The Cost Of The Truth

“It costs the efforts of many to deliver a piece of truth to the masses,” comments Mehedi Rahman on the recent verdict of the Bangladesh supreme court to reopen the...

Bahamas: Building Art

“The artists will convert 15 buildings on the current eyesore list into splashes of color depicting Bahamian themes”: Repeating Islands reports that the Bahamas will be transforming “more than a...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: The Law is an Ass?

“I was pleasantly surprised to learn that over the weekend a ‘Donkey Wedding’ was held in a North Leeward village…the groom was forced to make an honest ‘lady’ of the...

El Salvador: National Campaign Against Dengue Fever

Tim Muth writes about the national campaign against dengue fever in El Salvador, where 1965 cases have been reported during the first 70 days of the 2010.

Dominican Republic: Safety Messages Doubling as Political Propaganda

Accidents during Holy Week in the Dominican Republic traditionally have increased, and Aneudy Santos of Duarte 101 [es] notices that some politicians provide safety recommendations in public service announcements, which...

Costa Rica: Examining State's Relationship With Church Amidst Controversy

Amidst the global controversy in the Roman Catholic Church involving child sexual abuse by priests, Costa Rican bloggers are examining the relationships their government has with the Church, in a...

Trinidad & Tobago: Zoo Lander

“I am always hesitant to go to a zoo, since I always feel that animals should be kept on reserves if not in their natural habitat. That being said, I...

Guyana, U.S.A.: Identity

Diaspora blogger Signifyin’ Guyana has a message for the U.S. Census Bureau – she's “G-U-Y-A-N-A-A-F-R-O-C-A-R-I-B-B-E-A-N!”

Morocco: Naoufel's Experience with Censorship Across Borders

One would expect that a dissenting voice is mainly threatened by local power's systems of censorship, but Naoufel, a talented Moroccan blogger was surprised to find out that his blog...

Qatar: Expats outraged by plans to scrap visa-on-arrival policy

Effective May 1, Qatar plans to scrap its visa-on-arrival policy for dozens of nations currently exercising the option. Dismayed expats worry about seeing their families and predict that the additional...

Lebanon: First Threatened Voice

Lebanon has been known and envied in the MENA region for its free cyberspace. Well not any more since March has marked Lebanon's first cyber censhorship incident. Layal Al Khatib...

China: Corruption Museum Seeking Nominations

A museum of corruption is planned in the southwest province of Sichuan, China Daily reported, citing from a local paper. The museum is seeking nominations from netizens of the 100...

Laos: Morning Market in Vientiane

Sao Darly posts pictures of bargain products for sale at Talat Sao or Morning Market in Vientiane, Laos.

Vietnam: Online attacks vs critics

Google and McAfee reported that cyberattacks targeting critics of bauxite mining in Vietnam could be coming from forces which are close to the government of Vietnam.

Lebanon: Internet speed up soon

Lebanese Inner Circle reports on the news that fiber optics will soon be utilized in Lebanon to provide easier international calls as well as an increase in internet speeds by...

Lebanon: Culture of Racism and Discrimination

“Culture of Racism and Discrimination in Lebanon” is a new blog which aims to break the traditional ways in which research has been presented about racism and discrimination by being...

Lebanon: Organizing Blogging

Hanibaael posts an article in Arabic in which the blogger gives a short account of the history of blogging in Lebanon and the current attempt to organize Lebanese bloggers into...

Lebanon: The Lebanese Experiment

Ibrahim Arab writes an Arabic post in which he recounts his warning to an Iraqi television program that replicating the Lebanese type of elections and power sharing in Iraq is...

Lebanon: Paganism and Occultism

Hanibaael writes a lengthy Arabic post, with testimonies, about the belief and practice of paganism and occultism in Lebanon.

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