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3 August 2010

Stories from 3 August 2010

Chile: Isabel Allende and the National Prize for Literature

Isabel Allende is one of the best-known and most-read Latin American writers. This year she is a candidate for the Chilean National Prize for Literature. Her candidacy has sparked debate...

Russia: Crowdsourcing assistance for victims of wildfires

Severe wildfires in Russia have continued to spread since last week, displacing thousands of citizens. A new website using Ushahidi software, Russian-fires.Ru, is mapping not the fires themselves, but citizens...

Pakistan: Lessons From bangladesh

Yasser Latif Hamdani at Pak Tea House lauds Bangladesh's efforts in banning the religious politics in the country and thinks that Pakistan can win the battle against Taliban by learning...

Nepal, Bhutan: Different Perspectives On Refugee Issue

Pelden Drukpa at The Story of Bhutanese Refugees blog highlights the perspectives of Bhutan and Nepal on the Bhutanese refugees issue and comments: “until these fundamental differences in the perspectives...

Video Contest: Internet for Peace

The Internet has been nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. As part of the ongoing debate on the contribution of Internet to our society, Condé Nast and Google Ireland...

Mauritania, Algeria: Analyses of the Fallout from the Raid to Free Germaneau

On July 25, A French-Mauritanian raid on Al Qaeda Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) inside Malian territory failed to free French aid worker Michel Germaneau who was killed by his detainers. Bloggers...

Bahamas: Something Fishy

Weblog Bahamas says that there is a “big issue” that needs to be solved in the local commercial fishing industry “before something horrible happens.”

Caribbean: Notting Hill Carnival

“The Notting Hill Carnival is arguably London’s most exciting annual event”: Repeating Islands has details about the upcoming celebrations.

Cuba: Ortega's Award

As news circulates that Cardinal Jaime Ortega (Archbishop of Havana) is to receive an award in the United States, El Cafe Cubano suggests: “In the meantime the Cardinal will be...

South Korea: New move of Ohmynews International

Ohmynews! has closed down its international citizen news section and turned into a blog for on the development of citizen journalism. The official launch of the blog will be in...

Hong Kong and China: Support Cantonese action

Michelle from interlocals translated an article explaining how citizens from Hong Kong and Guangzhou have informed each other in their civic action, such as the most recent cross border action...

Jamaica: Would Garvey Be Blogging?

Marcus Garvey, blogger? Geoffrey Philp posts a poll.

Haiti: Elections Without Lavalas?

“International donors have expressed disappointment at Haiti's failure to hold inclusive elections, but have continued to fund them”: Wadner Pierre says that “Fanmi Lavalas, widely seen as the most popular...

Russia: Pictures of Village Destroyed by Wild Fires

LJ user photomans posts [RUS] compelling pictures of Verkhnyaya Vereya, one of the villages destroyed by fires in Russia.

Colombia: The Clear Path for President-Elect Santos

As Juan Manuel Santos prepares to assume the presidency in Colombia on August 7, Jaime Restrepo of the blog Atrabilioso [es] writes that Santos has a clear path ahead because...

Uruguay: “Your Ideas Matter” Blog Competion for Schoolchildren

The 2010 version of the blog competition “Your Ideas Matter” is now open [es] and Uruguayan schoolchildren are eligible for the contest. There are special categories for blogs created by...

Bahrain: Fools and Doctors

Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif feels ‘flutters’ in his chest and does the right thing when he goes through a series of tests. “only a fool becomes one’s own doctor, and...

Japan: Second oldest man actually not alive

Discovery that the second oldest man in Japan, at 111 years of age, has actually been dead for around 30 years has been fodder for many incredulous and humorous responses...

Lebanon: Endless traffic jams

“Lately it's like the Gods of Traffic have unleashed their fury upon us.” With this comment, Maya Zankoul begins this cartoon strip, in which she depicts the hours wasted in traffic...

Lebanon: Condom for a mascot

“When I first saw this picture of a person wearing a condom costume roaming the Beirut streets I thought to myself: Wow! The Lebanese ministry of health is finally taking...

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