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17 July 2010

Stories from 17 July 2010

Brazil: Electoral Blogsphere Censored

Censorship in the Brazilian blogsphere is an extremely sensitive issue due to a dictatorship past when it was legal. As the presidential elections of 2010 approach, the siege tightens and...

Nepal: Smallest Book

X Nepali Blog informs about the smallest published book in Nepal which measures 3 inches in length and 2.5 inches in width.

India: Digital Whitening Campaign

Keerthana Nagarajan at South Asia Wired discusses about a sponsored Facebook campaign of a Whitening cream brand, which sparked much controversy in India.

Senegal: Protests Against Frequent Power Outages

Public demonstrations were organized last week in Senegal to protest against load shedding by Senelec (the national electricity company). Rignese who works for Seneweb.com has posted the following videos: the...

Russia: History of postage and mail

Siberian Light writes about the history of Russian and Soviet postage and mail.

Russia: Imitating Saudi Arabia

Quickthink argues that Russia is imitating the political system of Saudia Arabia, driven by the need for power consolidation in managing the wealth emanating from energy.

São Tome & Principe: Environment endangered by oil exploitation

A floating oil rig has recently and “mysteriously” appeared off coast of São Tomé & Príncipe, as blog Island Biodiversity Race reports. The blogger, who is researching about the island's...

Japan: Artistic manhole covers

Jamaipanese reviews [en] Drainspotting, a book dedicated to the artistic manhole covers located all over Japan.

Mozambique: Parties, citizens and state tussle over properties

In Beira, a city known for its opposition to ruling party Frelimo, a conflict has ensued over a number of houses called “neighborhood centers”. At issue is whether they are...

Palestine: The Pain of Exile

Palestinian refugees are one of the biggest displaced populations in the world, with the United Nations providing assistance for some 4.7 million registered refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan,...

South Africa: 67 Minutes of Change – Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in a prison on Robben Island in South Africa. What most people don’t know is that Madiba (as he is affectionately known...

China: Police's call to set up censorship norms

Beijing City Chaoyang district police station issued an urgent notice today regarding "Calling for a working meeting on the security norm of Internet Company". Jason Ng tweetcasts the talk on...

France: Blogging about Politics

In Billet politique ! (“A Political post !” in French), blogger JeandelaXR presents a list of his favorite political bloggers [Fr].

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