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2 August 2010

Stories from 2 August 2010

Cambodia: Mixed views on Duch Verdict

A prison chief accused of ordering the torture and death of 14,000 individuals during the Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia was sentenced to 35 years. It is the first guilty...

Russia: Ushahidi-based Project to Help Victims of Severe Fires

GV “RuNet Echo” team together with volunteers from different parts of Russia has launched “Russian” [RUS], an Ushahidi-based crisis crowd sourcing website. The project is aimed to bridge volunteers...

Pakistan: Mourning Victims Of Plane Crash

On the morning of July 28, Airblue flight ED 202 flying from Karachi crashed into the Margalla Hills in Islamabad. None of the 152 crews and passengers on board survived....

Puerto Rico: Lebrón Passes On

Both Repeating Islands and The Voice of the Taino People Online mark the passing of Puerto Rican nationalist and independence activist, Lolita Lebrón.

Caribbean: On Freedom

Yesterday, August 1, marked the 172nd commemoration of Emancipation Day in many English-speaking Caribbean territories, when African slaves were freed from their British colonists. Today is a public holiday in...

Trinidad & Tobago: Going South

My Chutney Garden talks to permaculture enthusiast Erle Rahaman-Noronha about his annual jaunt to Trinidad's south coast “to collect seeds and identify the flotsam that washed up daily from Venezuela's...

Trinidad & Tobago: Watching Colin

This Beach Called Life is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Colin: “Let's hope this system will fizzle but it’s that time of year where every possibility looks dangerous.”

Cuba: He's Ba-ack?

“In Cuba, information must be read between the lines”: Iván's File Cabinet speculates about what the differing approaches of the Castro brothers might mean.

Sri Lanka: First Ever Tweetup

Amitha Amarasinghe informs that TweetupSL, the first ever tweetup for Sri Lankan tweeps, will take place in Colombo on the 26th of August, Thursday.

Global: Mozilla Drumbeat Seeks to Expand the Open Web

Mozilla Foundation, creator of the internet browser Firefox, has launched Drumbeat, a project that seeks to gather people with the most diverse backgrounds and from many parts of the world...

India: Curfew In Jammu & Kashmir

“Curfew has been imposed in nine districts in Jammu & Kashmir,” reports Pragmatic Euphony. The blogger advocates for bold political initiatives from the Indian government once the ongoing violence is...

Indonesia: Veteran actor stages parliament protest

A veteran actor spray painted the roof of Indonesia's parliament building in protest against the "poor performance" of legislators. Netizens share their reactions.

Ethiopia/Eritrea: Blogging from Hagerawi waa'la (the National Conference)

Daniel Tewelde is blogging the hagerawi waa'la (the National Conference) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: “Yesterday was the grand opening of the hagerawi waa'la (the National Conference), and without exaggeration it...

Kenya: On the threshold of a new constitutional order

Is Kenya approaching a new constitutional order?: “Judging by the images, the sounds and the spectacle at the YES rally in Nairobi on Sunday, August 1, 2010, one can deduce...

Kenya: Kenya's Referendum: A Ugandan's Dilemma

Kenya's referendum for a new constitution poses a dilemma for a Ugandan living in Kenya: “Hence my dilemma, the referendum is 3 days away, should I pack it in and...

China and the U.S: CCP's Soft Power and The Internet

Tom Legg comments on the interaction between Chinese Communist Party and western Internet companies in claiming and framing the online public sphere by means of soft power vs. discourse on...

China: Rural migrant workers need love too!

As if rural migrant workers did not need love before, the state own T.V recently discovered that the post 80s rural migrant workers need love and therefore organized a special...

China: Baidu to sue US domain register for “Gross Negligence”

Angry Chinese Blogger blogs about's legal action against US domain register for gross negligence, which resulted in a cyber attack by the Iranian Cyber Army back in January 2010.

Mexico: Sin Lugar Online Event

Ernesto Priego is the primary organizer of the Sin Lugar event, which he describes as “a Twitter-centred online anti-conference,” where Mexican twitterers can gather to discuss topics related to internet,...

Kyrgyzstan: Locals protest against OSCE police forces

Marat Sartpaev reports that demonstrations against the OSCE advisory group’s deployment are held in Kyrgyzstan. Protesters believe “this will lead to the dissolution of Kyrgyzstan as it did in Kosovo,...

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