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10 November 2010

Stories from 10 November 2010

Iran: Inflation for dummies

Azarakan has published two photos of a package of mushrooms in four days. The price rose about 30 percent. The Iranian blogger says [fa] here is the meaning of the...

Iran: Pro democracy student was lashed 74 times

Pejvak,an Iranian blogger, writes [fa] that Behrouz Javid Tehrani, pro democracy student was lashed 74 times in prison in Tehran. He has been in prison for 8 years.

Video: It Gets Better for Queer Youth

The It Gets Better Project was started by Dan Savage as a way of preventing gay teens from committing suicide through videos explaining what gay adult life could be: lots...

Nigeria: Oil War Resumes

Nigeria's oil war resumes: “Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the main umbrella body of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region militants who rejected the amnesty granted to militants...

MalawiSoc: Tracking Malawian blogs and news

Clement Nthambazale Nyirenda is a final year PhD student in the Hirota/Sakurai Lab in the Department of Computational Intelligence and Systems Science at Tokyo Institute of Technology and a lecturer,...

D.R. of Congo: Criminalising Homosexuality

Criminalising homosexuality in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “The DRC parliament is presently debating proposed in the process of discussing legislation which will criminalise homosexuality. There are a number of...

Nigeria: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

Sokari remembers Ken Saro-Wiwa: “Today marks the 15th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa by the Nigerian state under General Sani Abacha on November 10th 1995. I still remember...

Kenya: The Kenya I Live In

This December 2010, Kenyan literary magazine, “Kwani?” will publish the top five entries of their “The Kenya I Live In” Short Story Competition. (Over 500 entries were received, the judges...

Africa: What drives unsafe abortion in Africa?

What drives unsafe abortion in Africa?: “In our view two key factors ultimately sustain the persistence of unsafe abortion in Africa: the first is criminalisation of abortionwhich was inherited from...

Haiti: Tweets on Cholera Outbreak

Twitter updates on the cholera outbreak: @carelpedre gets news that the disease is spreading, while @MissionMANNA tweets a quote from the director of Haiti's health ministry suggesting that the situation...

U.S.V.I.: No-Smoking Legislation

The Department of Health neglected to hold enough committee meetings to make the no-smoking law a reality; Live De Life hopes that despite the delay, “the bar and restaurant owners...

St. Lucia: No Bananas

Repeating Islands notes that St. Lucia's banana industry “could take up to eight months to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Tomas.”

Haiti: Cash for Work

“Is it a good thing that the sidewalks are jammed with people selling mostly imported goods and cast-off clothing and shoes from overseas?”: Haiti Grassroots Watch investigates whether cash-for-work programs...

Cuba: Castro on Twitter

Along the Malecon thinks one of the reasons that Hugo Chavez has more Twitter followers than Fidel Castro is because “Internet use in Cuba much more restricted and expensive than...

Barbados: Government-Media Link

Barbados Free Press makes “some observations about this ‘special understanding’ or ‘working relationship’ between the ‘professional’ Barbados news media and the government that results in the news media intentionally withholding...

South Korea: Unicef T-shirt Guy Blocked From Entering G20 Venue

As G 20 Summit kicks off tomorrow, the summit venue is under maximum security. The government's ‘too much security’, though understandable, has drawn public annoyance online. Twitterer @michaelPARK83 tweeted that he had been blocked...

Serbia: Netizens and Media Report on the Kraljevo Earthquake

Sasa Milosevic reports on the online and citizen media coverage of the earthquake that hit Serbia last week.

Brazil: why does the media fear debate?

On his blog, Ricardo Kotscho asks himself [pt] why Brazil's mainstream media is so afraid to debate new regulation of the sector. Meanwhile, Rogério Tomaz Jr, from the blog Conexão Brasília...

China: 360 VS. QQ: What about privacy and user rights?

A commercial spat between instant messaging applications Tencent QQ and Qihoo 360 has affected million of users. Although QQ still monopolizes the market, public opinion shows that Chinese Internet users...

Russia: Soccer Hooligans Might Be Involved in Assault on Oleg Kashin

Investigative blogger Anticompromat re-posts [RUS] a new version of attack on Oleg Kashin. He quotes LJ-user cleric_r saying that the assault might be connected with soccer fan groups. Kashin knew...

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