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20 August 2010

Stories from 20 August 2010

Sao Tome & Principe: Revolt Against Water Diverted from Hospital

In the past few months, a heated discussion animated the blogosphere of Sao Tome and Principe, on a public health problem that apparently has already been solved. Until last week,...

Venezuela: Rapper Defies New Ban Against Violent Images

Venezuelan rapper OneChot is using social media to distribute his video criticizing the violence in Venezuela in days after president Chavez declared a month long ban on media's use of...

Russia: Bloggers Expose Death Rate Increase

Until the emergence of Web 2.0, the Russian government had enjoyed a monopoly on death rate information and could manipulate it. Gregory Asmolov investigates how the Russian bloggers have changed...

Madagascar: The Undercover Investigations That Exposed Rosewood Trafficking from the Rain Forest

One of the consequences of the enduring political crisis in Madagascar is its punishing impact on the environment. The investigation of activists specialized in conservation and protection of the environment...

Guatemala: Almost 1,000 Children Live in Temporal Government Housing

In his blog Carpe Diem, Luis Figueroa wonders [es] what will happen to the almost 1,000 children who live in temporal government housing while they wait to be adopted into...

India: Plights Of The Deaf Students

Sukanya at Notes From Wherever I Happen To Be shares the plights of the students of two deaf schools in Bhubaneswar and comments that the “India shining” slogan seems mere...

Explicit Websites Blocked In Nepal And Violators To Be Criminalized

XNepali Blog informs that the Nepalese Government has decided to block all websites containing explicit contents and nudity and criminalize the violators who view or host such websites in Nepal.

Bhutan: An Inspiring Man

Dorji Wangchuk introduces us to Dr Sanga Dorji, chief physiotherapist in Thimphu hospital, whose blindness did not stop him from being the best at his professional field in Bhutan. Tshering...

Bangladesh: An Important Recognition

Andalib at Cadet College Blog discusses [bn] about the recent decision of Bangladesh election commission to recognize “sex worker” as a profession in the voter ID.

Russia: Shocking Pictures of Russian Neo-Nazis

Bigpicture.ru posts Guillaume Herbaut‘s [FR] photos of the “Slavic Union” [RUS], a neo-Nazi group aimed to establish National-socialist reign in Russia. In April 2010, the group's activity had been prohibited.

Liberia: Charles Taylor Trial Update

Alpha Sesay writes about the testimony Isa Sesay, the former interim leader of the Sierra Leonean rebel group that Charles Taylor is accused of providing support at the Charles Taylor...

Burundi: At Rainbow's end

Christopher Redmonds blogs about the shooting of a new movie in Burundi: “The film is based on the true story of a man who fled to Tanzania in 1972 after...

Russia: Wildfires Victims Sorry They Fought For Their Houses

The aftermath of the recent wildfires in Russia is on the agenda of the main media channels. Reports on and interviews with victims, volunteers, humanitarian aid workers and government officials...

Brunei: “I'm sorry” video now a youtube sensation

Zek's youtube video of apology to his ex-girlfriend is the newest internet sensation in Brunei. A popular blogger described Zek as the "Justin Bieber of Brunei" and the video is...

Malaysia: Where is Press Freedom Heading Now?

The image you have on Malaysia may be one of fastest growing economies in Asia, but do you know it is languished at the bottom 3rd (ranked 131st) in the...

Russia: 19 Years Since Coup d'Etat Attempt

Bloggers share recollections [RUS] of the 1991 events [EN] in Russia when a group of Soviet generals tried to seize the control over the country. User s01101 posts pictures [RUS] of the...

China and North Korea: Jet Crash

Adam Cathcart from Sinologistical Violoncellist looks into the strange jet crash incident in Liaoning province. Some Chinese netizens commented that the incident is the the North Korean version of Lin...

China and the U.S: Trouble Waters

Sinica podcast looks at the trouble waters between China and the U.S around China’s coast.

Hong Kong: Policemen Issued Threats On Facebook

Two policemen wrote in Facebook that they would shoot, Amina, the cop-slapper. Upon investigation, they have been assigned to desk duty and not allowed to carry firearms. However, similar threats...

El Salvador: Climate Change and Migration

Tim's El Salvador Blog recommends an essay by his friend Beth, “who works with a local community on reconstruction projects necessitated by weather disasters” in El Salvador. The essay is...

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