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25 July 2010

Stories from 25 July 2010

Mali, Mauritania: Hostage Michel Germaneau Killed in Failed Raid as Tension Rises

A French-Mauritanian raid to free French aid worker Michel Germaneau inside Malian territory has raised tension [Fr] between the two nations, Diaspora Sahauri blog reports. The 78-year-old engineer  Germaneau was killed...

South Korea has started collecting and storing the DNA profiles of criminals. The Ministry of Justice’s decision to take DNA samples of 20 thousand criminals who involved in serious crimes...

Venezuela and Colombia: Online Political Cartoons Add Humor to Current Events

Humorous political cartoons provide a steam valve for Colombians and Venezuelans who tune into the web for different perspectives on current events through animated online web shows.

São Tomé & Principe: Political Background for a Voting Day

The 25th of July 2010 is a voting day for local and regional government in São Tomé & Príncipe. Blog OPLOP posts a report about the political system and the...

Brazil: Collaborative Website on Street Dwellers

Maria Frô talks about the new website FalaRua [Street Talking], dedicated to the street dwellers of Brazil. The online community offers information about the Project for Training and Strengthening of...

Sri Lanka: The Black July of 1983

D. B. S. Jeyaraj remembers the Black July of 1983 when anti-Tamil attacks were carried out by Sinhala mobs in different cities of Sri Lanka.

South Korea: Addiction Mutates and Permeates Korean Society

A revolting incident caused by the internet addiction has recently shocked South Korea, and the government and non-profit organizations are rushing for solutions. Korean bloggers share their analysis on the...

India: A Future For Kolkata

Supriyo Chaudhuri has some ideas about a bright future for Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.

Philippines: Oplan Bantay Laya and Counterinsurgency

Kapirasong Kritika writes a book review of Oplan Bantay Laya: The US-Arroyo Campaign of Terror and Counterinsurgency in the Philippines. Oplan Bantay Laya is a counterinsurgency program alleged by critics...

Philippines: Dayo and the Filipino Migration

The Marocharim Experiment designates the Filipino word “dayo” as descriptive of the Filipino experience of migration: “Diaspora assumes exile, deportation, the removal of identification. ‘Dayo,’ like ‘pakikipagsapalaran,’ represents the hope...

Vietnam: Understanding the Hanoi floods

Neil Nguyen, writing for Vietnam Talking Points, analyzes the flooding disasters in Vietnam, particularly in Hanoi.

Malaysia: Corruption in the bureaucracy

Gutter Malaysia is shocked to discover from a report that 418,200 or 41% of Malaysia's civil servants are suspected to be involved in corruption

Brunei: Reducing plastic use

Through a cartoon that he made, Cuboiart from Brunei tries to raise awareness about the need to reduce use of plastic.

Azerbaijan: Youth activism and social media

Ali Resh uses online video tools to interview Baku-based Ruslan Asadov, along with now imprisoned video blogger Adnan Hajizade also a co-founder and member of the OL! Azerbaijani youth movement,...

Africa's Hunger Hardships Spur Biotech Debate

Many solutions have been proposed to help combat hunger in Africa, but one in particular remains controversial: biotechnology. Many experts suggest that genetically modified organisms could help ensure food security....

Iran:”The Persian Wikipedia got filtered”

Several bloggers including Sabz21baltarin reported[fa] that the Persian Wikipedia got filtered by Iranian authorities.

Serbia: ICJ Rules Kosovo’s Independence Legal

On July 22, the International Court of Justice ruled that the declaration of independence of Kosovo did not violate international law. Sinisa Boljanovic reviews Serbian bloggers' reactions to the ruling.

Saudi Arabia: Dear Moron

In Saudi Arabia, all businesses shut down during prayer times. Ahmed Al-Omran sends out the following tweet: “Dear moron at post office who refused to serve me b/c “it's prayer...

Lebanon: Sex and the City

From Lebanon, Guy Meets World reviews Sex and the City, the movie.

Jordan: Jailed for MSN Messages

A Jordanian computer science student has been sentenced to two years in prison by the State Security court for supposedly insulting HM King Abdullah during a chat with a friend...

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