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15 October 2010

Stories from 15 October 2010

Japan: Memories of an outlaw – Part Two

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

Jordanians Tweet about Election Campaigning

Jordanian parliamentary candidates are now allowed to post campaign materials for the November 9 elections. Posters now cover main roads, and the topic of these campaign materials has been hotly...

Mexico: The Lerma River is Dying

The Lerma Santiago River is Mexico’s second longest river. It used to be a source of drinking water for the capital and the central part of the country, but today...

Japan: Virtual water

On Blog Action Day Masato Fukushima reflects [ja] on the concept of Virtual Water [ja]. Japan has a very low food self-sufficiency ratio and rely on imports, he explains, adding...

El Salvador: ‘There's no water’

For Blog Action Day, Linda writes: “Usually, no hay agua [meaning, “there is no water”] is a temporary condition, and the water returns. Yet as more and more demands are...

Venezuela: University Students Protest Budget Cuts

University students protested budget cuts in Caracas on October 14. Alejandro Tarrae reports on his blog [es] that he saw hundreds of Police and National Guard troops; he realized why...

Bolivia: The Effects of Climate Change on Water

Pablo Rivero blogs at Purple Fire [es] for Blog Action Day: “Bolivia is a country with great nature reserves, among them, fresh water. However, in the last years, the effects...

Honduras: The Lack of Clean Water

Laurie says that statistics on water conditions are “too big to grasp! But here in the elbow of Central America, I get it. Water, or the lack of clean water,...

Video: How to keep water clean and use it wisely

From tips on reusing gray water or minimizing wasted water when we flush the toilet, to kids in the Valle del Colca in Peru explaining the importance of keeping community...

Iran: President Ahamdinejad's trip to Lebanon

Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has just concluded a two-day visit to Lebanon. It was his first official since 2005 when he first took office. He held talks with Lebanese officials...

Brazil: social networking world champions

Comunica Geral [pt] reports that a Unisys-led study has shown Brazilians beat the rest of the world in social networking. 19% of Brazilians said they access social networking websites at...

Brazil: mobile data packages most expensive among developing nations, says study

The 2010 Information Economy Report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has revealed Brazil has one of the most expensive mobile data packages [pt] among developing countries, at around US $120 for...

Brazil: media silent on handouts from state education departments

Conceição Lemes at Vi O Mundo [pt] has posted a lengthy interview with web researcher NaMaria News [pt], in which it has been claimed that some of Brazil's major media groups...

Bermuda: Hit the Road

“The real problem is us: we drive like idiots”: As the government tries to find ways to “slow down traffic” in the face of rising road deaths, Vexed Bermoothes thinks...

Greece: Teargas under the Acropolis

The financial crisis gripping Greece has led to new clashes between protesting workers and police, most recently at the foot of the Acropolis of Athens on October 13 when riot...

Jamaica: Mother & Child

“I wondered what kind of frustration would cause an upset mother to unleash such unbridled anger on her child … and if the child did not cry because he had...

Jamaica: Blogging for Action

Adding her voice to the Blog Action Day initiative, Labrish Jamaica says: “The global water cycle is speeding up and countries in the tropics are taking the brunt [of] it.”

Bermuda: Stats!

Bermuda is celebrating National Statistics Day today, but Vexed Bermoothes may spoil the party: “I see little to celebrate in the ‘achievement’ of managing to cover less than half the...

Jamaica: Bail for Buju

As news breaks that Buju Banton has been granted bail, Girl With a Purpose says: “The conditions of his bail are so onerous, that I'm wondering if he shouldn't just...

China: Tibetan Writer Shogdung Released on Bail

Woeser reports on her blog that Tibetan writer Tagyal (pen name: Shogdung) has been released from detention on “bail pending trial”. The news comes from the family appointed lawyer Li...

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