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4 September 2010

Stories from 4 September 2010

Middle East: Arab Attitudes on Freeing Gilad Shalit

Last Saturday, August 28th, Gilad Shalit turned 24 - his fifth birthday in captivity since June 25th, 2006. Each year there are renewed calls for his release. This year has...

Egypt: Wanna be a Bride; From Blog to TV

An Egyptian blog featuring humorous short stories about a girl's endless quest to find a suitable husband was published into a book more than two years ago. This year it...

Saudi Arabia: Call for Obama to Free Humeidan Al-Turki

The Saudi nation has just released a campaign addressed to US President Barack Obama, asking him to release the Saudi prisoner Humeidan Al-Turki. The video has gone viral and supporters...

Chile: First Country to Legislate Net Neutrality

After nearly three years of discussions, Chile approved the commonly named Net Neutrality Law, but not all users agree that this law represents a good piece of legislation.

India: Mob Mentality Here And There

A retired army officer was recently mob lynched to death in west Bengal state of India because he slapped a woman. Bellicose Bengali compares this incident with the recent mob...

South Korea:Public Enraged At Minister's Rigging Of The Hiring Process

South Korean Foreign Minister, Yu Myung-hwan resigned over a controversial hiring of his daughter for a mid-level post at his own foreign ministry. Bloggers are having heated discussions, mostly harsh...

Brazil: Primetime Prejudice Against Atheists Triggers Mass Response

"Atheists are people without boundaries, criminals, evil because they think they are their own God" this statement, made live on TV, has triggered a controversy in Brazil, a country where...

Zimbabwe/South Africa: Mugabe in chicken to change song

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is the subject of a new music video, Chicken to change, by South African Afro-pop sensation group FRESHLYGROUND and the internet satirical show ZA NEWS.

Nigeria: Online Nigerian Literary Magazine

Sokari writes about Saraba, an online literary magazine created and published by Emmanuel Iduma and Damilola Ajayi, two Nigerian students of the University of Ife.

Kenya: Emergency: Pre-Independence Miniseries

Bobby reviews Emergency, a miniseries written and illustrated by Chief Nyamweya based on pre-independence Kenya as seen through the eyes Chege Karobia and Kim (Dedan Kimathi).

Kenya: David vs. Goliath and Goliath

Mzalendo Contributor describes Kenya 2012 election as “David vs. Goliath and Goliath: “Voters in Kenya can be forgiven for feeling like a captive audience, watching a play whose script we...

Mozambique: Realtime results for Maputo

Check out Twitter realtime results regarding the crisis in Maputo, Mozambique.

Africa: Homophobe Tourism

Africa needs a new category of tourism: Homophobe Tourism. “Come to Uganda, watch Martin Ssempa talk about “poo-poo!” Come to Nigeria, watch the legislature restrict touching! Come to Malawi, watch...

Russia: Beslan School Siege Survivor's Account

Agunda Vataeva was a 13-year-old girl about to begin her ninth-grade studies on Sept. 1, 2004, the day when she, her mother and more than 1,100 others were taken hostage...

China: Tax case against Xu Zhiyong dismissed

Chinese Law Prof Blog translated a brief post by Xu Zhiyong on the dismissal of the tax evasion charge against Gongmeng Company – an institution for advocating citizen rights.

Belarus:'s Editor Found Dead

Aleh Byabenin, a Belarusian journalist, founder and editor of the leading oppositional website, was found dead Friday. He was 36 years old. This short Charter97 item announcing his death...

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