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5 August 2010

Stories from 5 August 2010

Haiti: Saying “No” to Monsanto

Monsanto has been a controversial company for some years now, mainly because it is a major producer of genetically modified seed (reportedly selling as much as 90% of the genetically...

India: Letting Go of Kashmir

Sujai at Desicritics provides a bold viewpoint which have prompted a heated discussion in the comments section. The blogger opines that the protests in Kashmir has become so intense and...

Bangladesh: Road To A Secular Nation?

Exiled journalist and blogger Saleem Samad questions in his post at E-Bangladesh “is Muslim majority Bangladesh poised to convert into a secular nation?”

Indians In Singapore

Abhijit at Blowing In The Wind informs that the proportion of Indians in Singapore has increased to 353,000, which is about 9.2 per cent of the population.

Brazil: Last day on protest by tribe trying to prove its existence

Jesse Lerner-Kinglake reports on the last day of the protest by the Awá, a Brazilian indigenous people, to try to prove its existence. “If anything, this week’s protest should prove...

Sri Lanka: Tamil.net Partially Accessible In Sri Lanka

ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) reports that “Tamilnet.com, the controversial pro-LTTE site blocked by all ISPs in Sri Lanka since mid-2007, is accessible once more from SLT ADSL connections.”

India: The Assam Conflict And The Role Of The Press

Aruni Kashyap at The Sun Rises Here informs that the debate on Assam's future continues to be ignored by the Indian national press and comments that it may lead to...

Pakistan: Anger Mounts At President's Apathy

As Pakistan is hit by the most devastating floods in over 80 years and is marred by rising violence in the country's metropolitan hub, bloggers vent their anger and frustration...

Bangladesh: Visitors Share Their Thoughts On Grameen Ventures

This summer, eight students and faculty members from the Master of Public Administration program of the Northern Kentucky University in Kentucky, USA are completing an internship at Grameen Bank in...

Russia: Pro-Kremlin Youth Movements Allegedly Forge Photos

Blogger mr-bison posted a research [RUS] of photos published by two pro-Kremlin youth movements (“Nashi” and “Molodaya Gvardia“). He points out that all the photos of the pro-Kremlin activists where...

Advocacy Video Toolkit Feedback

WITNESS is working on a Video Advocacy Toolkit and would like your input. With this information they would improve on the toolkits and make sure they cover most of the...

Kenya: Welcome to Kenya 2.0

Kenyans have decided. Kenyan citizens have overwhelmingly voted "Yes" in Kenya's referendum on a new constitution. Leaders of the "No" camp have admitted defeat. Bloggers are celebrating and welcoming the...

Cuba: Gallo's Garden

Havana Times features an outdoor art exhibition of installations and sculptures by an 86-year-old artist.

Anguilla: On Corruption

“Contrary to public opinion, most politicians are not engaged in making back-room deals and accepting under-the-table packages”: Corruption-free Anguilla thinks “it is the lack of transparency in our systems of...

Revisiting Vietnam's “hot bloggers”

Thu An Nguyen Ha, writing for the Asia Digital Map, revisits the online profiles of some of the popular bloggers in Vietnam, one year after the closure of Yahoo 360...

Thailand: 14th Thai Short Film & Video Festival

Wise Kwai's Thai Film Journal blogs about the 14th Thai Short Film & Video Festival which will open this month. In relation to the recent political chaos in the country,...

Jamaica: Managing Dengue

YardFlex.com says that the government “is urging the public to co-operate with…health workers involved in vector control and other activities associated with the elimination of Dengue Fever.”

Laos: Where are the locally-made garments?

Vientiane-based twitter user Kelly Kidson asks: “Why with all the garment factories in Laos, do I never see any clothing labeled “Made in Laos?”

Laos: Protecting the tiger population

A youtube video tackles the efforts of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Rare to raise the tiger population in Laos.

Indonesia: Labour rights violations

EngageMedia uploads a documentary which features the story of an Indonesian worker who lost his factory job after joining a union strike.

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