Stories from 2 August 2010
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 verdict after the Khmer Rouge regime collapsed 30 years ago. Bloggers react
GV “RuNet Echo” team together with volunteers from different parts of Russia has launched “Russian Fires.ru” [RUS], an Ushahidi-based crisis crowd sourcing website. The project is aimed to bridge volunteers and the victims of wild fires that hit central part of Russia [EN].
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. Bloggers react to the tragic incident and raise critical questions regarding disaster management and media coverage of the tragedy.
Both Repeating Islands and The Voice of the Taino People Online mark the passing of Puerto Rican nationalist and independence activist, Lolita Lebrón.
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 many countries throughout the region and a few bloggers are taking the opportunity to reflect on what the occasion means to these developing islands.
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 Orinoco River.”
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.”
“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.
Amitha Amarasinghe informs that TweetupSL, the first ever tweetup for Sri Lankan tweeps, will take place in Colombo on the 26th of August, Thursday.
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 to think up projects that promote the openness of the web.
“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 subdued.
A veteran actor spray painted the roof of Indonesia's parliament building in protest against the "poor performance" of legislators. Netizens share their reactions.
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 was great and inspiring.”
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 that a big section of Kenyans are very fired up about the Proposed Constitution.”
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 catch a plane to kampala and sit it out for a week. And if so, should I leave now or...
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 citizen's rights to access.
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 episode of If You Are the One for this specific social group. More from DANWEI.
Angry Chinese Blogger blogs about Baidu.com'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.
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, digital culture, citizenship, among others. In his blog Butterfly Hunt, he describes how the event works and how people can...
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, South Ossetia” and challenge the central government's power.
KZBlog reports that a boy in second grade is suing the Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan for psychological damage because his textbook on road safety contains many grammatical and spelling mistakes as well as useless or confusing information.