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24 September 2010

Stories from 24 September 2010

Historian and blogger Ivonne Acosta comments in Sin mordazas [ES] on the Department of Education's prohibition of chess in public schools in Puerto Rico, and the immediate denial of the...

Armenia: Army forced to act after hazing video circulates online

A video depicting what appears to be evidence of bullying in the military stationed in Nagorno Karabakh, a disputed territory situated within Azerbaijan mainly populated by ethnic Armenians, continues to...

Madagascar, rosewood trafficking: an investigator arrested

The site Mongabay [in English] and the blog MyDago [in French] reported on September 17 that “a foreign journalist”, whose identity was not revealed, was arrested on September 5 in Maroantsetra in...

Ethiopia: The Ogadeni Problem

semantic Eritrea discusses Ethiopia's Ogadeni problem: “Back in 2007, Ogadeni rebels overpowered the defenses of a petrol company. This shocked the companies in the region and the Ethiopian government.”

Sudan: How to Fix a Referendum

Lessons from Sudan on how to fix a referendum: “For not only has registration failed to begin (the stipulated date was July of this year), it is still not fully...

Humorous Web Reactions to Thursday's Facebook Outage

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users. The website was offline for a few hours on September 23, 2010. Several jokes about the Facebook outage...

Ethiopia/USA: Protesters and supporters welcome Meles Zenawi

Konobusiness blogs about the controversial visit by Ethiopian Prime Minister to Columbia University: “The intensity of the crowd, both pro and anti-Zenawi, caught police officers off guard as they were...

Anti-censorship webmaster arrested in Thailand

The webmaster of an independent online journal in Thailand was arrested at Bangkok airport today on charges of insulting the monarchy. Local mainstream media has been quiet about the issue...

Brazil: Monitoring the Reform of a Park in Sao Paulo

Though September 21 is a national day to celebrate trees in Brazil, SOS Parque Água Branca [SOS White Water Park, pt] blog called it the “Day of the Dead Tree”...

Public policy expert and blogger Sergio Marxuach recently commented that Puerto Rico's recession [ES] has already lasted 54 months, and that there seems to be no end in sight. His...

El Salvador: The New Anti-Gang Law Explained

Voices from El Salvador explains the new Anti-Gang law in El Salvador. The post concludes with these questions: “does imprisoning gang members really treat the root of the problem?  Will...

Mexico: State of Human Rights of Indigenous Women

In an interview for Vivir México [es], Pepe Flores asked Yalí Noriega –from Amnesty International Mexico [es]– about the state of human rights of indigenous women.

Guatemala: Tuk Tuk Taxis Revolt in Antigua

Photography blog Antigua Daily Photo shares images of a Tuk Tuk Taxi protest in Antigua: “It turns out, the tuk tuk taxi drivers were protesting the high number of traffic...

Peru: Superficial Solutions As District Elections Approach

Gabriela García Calderón shares photos [es] of a recently fixed street in the Miraflores district in Lima, coinciding with mayoral and district elections. But the images that follow prove that...

In half-wired [EN], blogger and researcher Ellery Roberts Biddle interviews Cuban blogger Elaine Díaz: “…my conversation with her may have been one of the most enlightening exchanges I’ve ever had...

Israel: Facebook Tags

David Bogner, from Israel, asks: “Am I the only one who is completely tired of receiving email notifications saying that [insert name of someone you kinda/sorta know] has tagged a...

Nepal: The Nepali Congress Has A New Leader

United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal informs that the 12th General Convention of the political party Nepali Congress elected Sushil Koirala as the party’s new president. Mr. Koirala beat...

Sri Lanka: Hearings of the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission

Valkyrie at Groundviews posts translations of reports on the hearings of the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) held in Killnochchi and Mullaitivu that appeared in Tamil newspapers.

China: The Most Awesome Train Door

The Youku video shows the most awesome subway train door in Beijing city.

India: The Common ‘wealth’ Games ridiculed

South Asia Wired highlights some reactions from social media about the serious security lapses at the Commonwealth Game venues.

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