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14 October 2010

Stories from 14 October 2010

Japan: Memories of an outlaw – Part One

After almost three years outside the walls, a blogger - who prefers to be anonymous - decided to tell the story of his life behind bars.

Czech Republic: Happy 600th Birthday Prague's Astronomical Clock

The video mapping of the Astronomical Tower in Prague for its 600th anniversary has Spanish language social networks buzzing this morning. Microsiervos blog points us to the official video by...

Netherlands: Latin American Diaspora Women Unite

The European DiasporaSolidaria.org foundation organized a summit for migrant Latin American women in Amsterdam, where they discussed issues such as their rights, the changing nature of families and remittances. LA...

Brazil: Electoral debate hits the 29th São Paulo Biennial

The heated Brazilian electoral debate has hit the art world: chtodelat news publishes an official response to a post that casts doubt on the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial‘s statement that...

Pakistan: Art Exhibition To Raise Fund For The Flood Relief Efforts

“The Sanjh set (101 cards) [..] tells a story of how artists of Pakistan came forward to share the miseries of fellow countrymen in real need by offering their art...

India: Interview With A Blogger Who Fought With Breast Cancer

BlogAdda interviews Farida Rizwan, who has battled against breast cancer for 15 years with success and blogged about it.

India: The Grand Secret OS

Greatbong takes a hilarious look at the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO) proposal to create a “closed source operating system” to protect Data.

Bangladesh: The Saga Of (Not) Recognizing ‘Sex Worker’ As A Profession

Wasfia Nazreen criticizes the saga of introducing ‘sex worker’ as a profession in the national ID card and voter list of Bangladesh by the Election Commission and their subsequent removal...

Myanmar (Burma): The Plight of the Karen

The ethnic minority of the Karen are one of the groups that have been targeted by the Burmese army in its effort to defend the military regime. Burma Matters Now...

Cuba: Violence in Schools

“Although the official media do not report it, through word of mouth from independent journalists, alarming cases of school violence have come to light”: Iván's File Cabinet reports.

Jamaica: Eliminating Gender-Based Violence

As reggae artist Bounty Killer makes “a pledge to support the elimination of violence towards woman in the region”, The Wickedest Time quips: “Holla at me when he signs up...

Haiti: Hero on the Titanic

“Joseph Phillippe Lemercier Laroche was the only black man, a Haitian man, to perish in the Titanic; that’s after he saved his wife and kids”: Repeating Islands has the amazing...

Cuba: Preparing for Paula

Havana Times notes that Cuba is preparing for “a weakened Hurricane Paula”.

Barbados: Social Media & Tourism

“It seems that despite the power social media has from a marketing perspective that ‘we’ do not have staff in place to effectively monitor and update these sites”: Adrian Loveridge,...

Brazil: The Xingu River is no place for Belo Monte

On August 26 the President of Brazil, Lula da Silva, signed a decree that transfers the concession to harness the hydroelectric potential of the Belo Monte Dam on the Amazon...

Russia: Center of Moscow in Photographs

LJ user varandej posts pictures of conventional houses and apartment complexes in the center of Moscow.

Russia: Blogger Calls for Help to Expose Corruption in Public Procurement

Blogger Navalny calls [RUS] IT-specialists for help in exposing corruption in online projects of different government structures. The last case led by Navalny helped prevent stealing over $1,8M from the...

Zambia: Are Journalists Dogs or Watchdogs?

Zambian journalists have recently been in the news not as reporters and editors but as victims after an opposition parliamentarian, Mumbi Phiri, labeled those working for state-controlled media organisations as...

Russia: The Twitter Craze. This Time, It's a Worm…

Russian officials in a tweet-o-drama over... a worm.

Greece: Life Sentence for Officer who Shot Teen Sparking 2008 Riots

After two years of deliberations, a court has delivered a sentence of life in prison for the police officer who shot and killed 15-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in December 2008....

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