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8 August 2010

Stories from 8 August 2010

Iran: Political prisoners on hunger strike

Seventeen political prisoners began a hunger strike at the end of July to protest deteriorating conditions at Tehran's notorious Evin Prison. Iran has arrested hundreds of journalists, human rights activists,...

Iran: A blogger among hunger strikers

Kouhyar Goodarzi, human rights activist and blogger, is one of 17 Iranian political prisoners who started their hunger strike at the end of July to protest against the poor prison...

Venezuela: Blog Carnival and Freedom of Online Expression

Global Voices is sponsoring a Blog Festival and invites Venezuelan bloggers to write about the topic "freedom of expression on the internet." This post provides all of the details on...

Pakistan: Zardari Shoe Bombed

Teeth Maestro mentions yesterday's incident of shoe throwing on Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari in Birmingham as “one of the most happiest moments in Pakistan's history”.

Venezuela: Parkour in Caracas

Mitchele Vidal of the blog Imágenes Urbanas [es] has pictures of a group of teenagers practicing Parkour around a Metro station of Caracas, Venezuela. She asked them if the police...

Paraguay: Information for Attendees of Americas Social Forum

The Paraguayan digital magazine E'a [es] is providing regular updates for people planning on attending the Americas Social Forum that will be held in Asunción from August 11-15. Updates include...

Honduras: Drinking Coffee in Surcagua

Irina Vanessa Orellana reminisces about the “power of coffee” to bring friends together in Honduras, as she reminisces about a recent trip about to drink a cup of coffee with...

Taiwan: Indigenous people protest against forced eviction

In the video report created by Civilmedia[zht], more than 600 Taiwan indigenous people from different tribes and supporters gathered in front of the Presidential Office and criticize the forced eviction,...

Russia: Musicians Sign Petition for Detained Rapper

Ivan Alexeev (aka Noize MC ), a Volgograd-based rapper famous for its politically charged songs [EN], had been detained for 10 days after a concert where he sang an anti-police...

China: Visa tales

With all the economic growth in China over the past few decades and a growing number of global travelers to match, have visa requirements for Chinese citizens been adapting in...

The Great Floods of Singapore

A series of freak floods hit Singapore in the past month which is unprecedented for a city state widely recognized as an urban paradise. Residents are angry and they want...

Afghanistan: State Dept Terrorism Report makes bleak reading

Nick Fielding reviews new report by the U.S. State Department on Afghanistan, noting that Taliban attacks increased over 2008 amid diminished direct influence of al-Qaeda, whilst the anti-government insurgency remained...

Kyrgyzstan: A political picnic, another failed coup in Bishkek

Murzaki makes a photo-post about a rally in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, where hundreds of people went on to the street with the demand to to make Mr. Barktabasov,...

Kazakhstan: What do young people want

Popular TV presenter and newly converted blogger Kamila Zhusupova reflects on the realities of Kazakhstan's youth, its problems, values and future.

Egypt: Obssessed with Celebrities’ Religion

In Egypt, some people decide to like or hate celebrities based on their religion. Lebanese actress Nour, Egyptian actress Basma, radio host Osama Mounir, and many others have all been...

Analyzing GDP growth of Singapore

Furry Brown Dog analyzes the GDP numbers of Singapore and proposes a more accurate indicator to measure the country's economic growth

Singapore: Proposal to remove retirement age

Sam Ho reacts to the suggestion of former Singapore Prime Minister to remove the retirement age so that ‘active seniors’ can continue to work.

Laos: Road improvements

Victoria Minoian visited the southern province of Champassack in Laos and blogged about the impact of the recent road improvements in the area.

Southeast Asia: ASEAN Day

Thai Intelligent News uploads two articles that reflect on the celebration of the ASEAN Day today. ASEAN stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Thailand: “Yellow protest” despite emergency rule

Despite the ban on mass assemblies, more than two thousand “Yellow Shirts” in Thailand gathered in a stadium to assert the country's ownership of the Preah Vihear temple which is...

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