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23 November 2010

Stories from 23 November 2010

Guatemala: Getting Ready for the 2011 Elections

  23 November 2010

Guatemala is getting ready for next year's presidential elections, as Central American Politics explains: “While campaigning cannot officially start for a few more months, parties and candidates are beginning to position themselves for the contest.”

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Bolivia: 229 Years Since the Sacrifice of Tupac Katari

  23 November 2010

The story of the uprising of the indigenous freedom fighters has been passed down from generation to generation in the indigenous communities of Bolivia. This rebellious movement was led some 229 years ago by Tupac Katari and remembrance events will take place during the month of November.

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Dominican Republic: The death of an exemplary human being

  23 November 2010

November 18th was a sad day for Dominicans: Freddy Beras Goico passed away. The communicator and TV host was involved in his last years in philanthropist activities helping people with low income. Bloggers and social network users lament his death and celebrate his life.

Pakistan: The Beggar Mafia

  23 November 2010

Saad Hirani at Chowrangi writes about the beggar-Mafia ring in Pakistan “that ‘employs’ children and sometimes adults to work for them”.

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Iran: We are all Computer Criminals

  23 November 2010

Iran's government has a law at its disposal that make it possible to label almost any Internet user a criminal. The “Law of Computer Crimes” was approved by Iran's parliament in January 2009. It has been instrumental in the prosecution and repression of several bloggers, but its articles have never received much public attention or scrutiny.

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Tanzania: NGO 2.0: Reflections on the year of blogging

  23 November 2010

Daraja is a Tanzanian NGO, which aims to make local institutions more responsive to the needs rural communities in Tanzania. The mission of Daraja is to empower communities and local institutions, and build their capacity to work effectively together to reduce poverty in Tanzania. After blogging for one year, Ben Taylor, the Executive Director of Daraja, decided to reflect and share with the world the lessons they have learned.

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Cambodia: Stampede tragedy during Water Festival

  23 November 2010

It was the last hour of the last day of the Water Festival in Cambodia. Then a stampede tragedy over a bridge connecting a reclaimed island to the mainland killed more than 300 people. Here are eyewitness accounts and other blog reactions.

Trinidad & Tobago: 3 Strike Law

  23 November 2010

“Our suggestion for one policy that could be implemented as part of our National crime plan is being implemented by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago!”: Trin discusses the new 3-strike law for gun control.

Cuba: 6th Congress

  23 November 2010

Sin Evasion and Translating Cuba both blog about the next Cuban Communist Party Congress, scheduled to take place in April next year.

Barbados: Tax Increase

  23 November 2010

“We had a great party while it lasted, but now it’s hangover time and it’s a doozie!”: As the country's taxes increase, Barbados Free Press says that it's time to pay the piper.

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North Korea/South Korea: Deadly Skirmish, Live On Twitter

  23 November 2010

North Korea has fired more than a hundred artillery rockets at South Korea's YeonPyeong Island near its western border, killing two South Korean marines, injuring at least a dozen and setting buildings on fire. South Koreans have used Twitter to vent their angers, fears and worries.

Brazil: President Lula grants blogosphere first-ever interview

  23 November 2010

Outgoing Brazilian president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva will tomorrow (24th November) be interviewed [pt] for the first time by a range [pt] of progressive bloggers regarding Brazil's changing media system. Renato Rovai, editor of liberal current affairs magazine Revista Forum [pt], called the event a “celebration of informational diversity” [pt]. The interview will...

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Serbia: Abuse of Stray Animals Continues

  23 November 2010

The Serbian President is willing to adopt a severely mutilated dog called Mila, which became a symbol of the suffering of Serbia's stray animals. However, despite all the publicity, horrifying animal abuse cases continue to be reported in the Serbian mainstream and citizen media. Sasa Milosevic reviews some of them.

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