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5 July 2010

Stories from 5 July 2010

Uruguay: World Cup in the 21st Century

Gabriel Budiño [es] analyzes how new technologies like Twitter and Facebook have affected the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He cites the use of Twitter by Uruguayan football player Diego Forlán...

Colombia: 200 Years of Independence

The blog Realidades Colombianas [es] writes about the bicentennial of the independence of Colombia, thanking those who sacrificed their lives for the “new generations, meaning us.”

Costa Rica: Congress Approves US Military Presence to Battle Drug Trafficking

Under the premise of counteracting drug trafficking, the Costa Rican government has endorsed the arrival of a North American fleet to its shores. Costa Ricans turned to blogging and social...

Iraq: Caring for a Sick Grandmother

Iraqi blogger Sunshine is now in Baghdad, caring for her sick grandmother.

UAE: The end of Emirates Business 24×7

Dubai-based Alexander McNabb, from Fake Plastic Souks, writes about the end of a newspaper – Emirates Business 24×7 – “the newspaper that managed to be as unwieldy and unattractive as...

Iraq: Fixing What the Occupation has Destroyed will take Decades

Iraqi blogger Faiza Al Arji is back in Iraq, working with an NGO serving women. She writes: “Iraq now is a postwar society,and it needs huge efforts to fix everything....

Palestine: Surviving with Portable Generators in Gaza

The only power plant in Gaza shut down temporarily on June 25 due to a payment dispute between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. During power cuts of 12 or more...

Arab World: Remembering Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah

Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, a leading Shiite figure, has died at the age of 75 yesterday. The religious leader, with a huge following, was remembered by bloggers from...

Kuwait: All About Mohammed Aljasem's Case

Kuwaiti journalist and blogger Mohammed Aljasem was released on bail after spending 48 days behind bars for allegedly defaming Kuwaiti Prime Minister Shaikh Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah. Supporters have...

Egypt: On Khaled Said's Murder

Egyptian blogger Mostapha shares his thoughts on the murder of Khaled Said, allegedly at the hands of two secret service policemen.

Palestine: Living on the Wrong Side of the Wall

On Mideast Youth, Lamiaa shares this poem and several photographs of the “apartheid” wall fencing the Palestinian territories.

Syria: All About the Lebanese

Syrian Maysaloon has a lot to say about the Lebanese in this post.

Lebanon: Najwa Karam's New Video Clip

Hanitizer at Arab-American group blog KABOBfest remarks on a new video clip by Lebanese signer Najwa Karam, which was produced with help from the Lebanese Army.

Palestine/Israel: Imagine 2018

Imagine 2018 “is a multiplatform campaign that depicts visions by Israelis and Palestinians of 2018 if a peace agreement is signed versus maintaining the status quo or worse,” launched by...

Macedonia, Belgium: Endangered Democracy

Macedonia in EU blog commented [MKD] on the article by Brussels-based journalist Tanja Milevska published in the Belgian [FRA] and Macedonian [MKD] press, advocating that with Belgian Presidency, the European...

Russia: Pros and cons of motorist democracy

LJ user salut_doc discusses [RUS] the pros and cons of Russian car owners as a political factor for middle-class driven democratization.

Nepal: Bleak Picture of Nepalese Economy

A libertarian in Nepal is irked by the recently reported bleak picture of Nepalese economy.

Global Voices Announces Investment from Omidyar Network

I'm thrilled to announce that the Omidyar Network has made a $1.2 million investment in Global Voices's work. Omidyar is a philanthropic foundation created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Facebook war

Despite the potential for new and social media to bridge the information gap between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two countries locked into a bitter dispute over the territory of Nagorno Karbakakh,...

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan enter customs union

GUS-News reports [GER] that the presidents of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan today finally signed a long-awaited customs agreement.

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