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10 December 2010

Stories from 10 December 2010

Americas: Cosplay in Latin America

Cosplay is a form of expression in which participants use costumes and accessories to represent their favorite manga, anime or video game characters. Its followers in Latin America are a...

India: Ban Diesel Vehicles In And Around The Himalayan Region

Raja Basu at Potpourri suggests that the Indian government should ban diesel vehicles in and around the Himalayan Region so that the Himalayan glaciers can be saved.

India: Gifting Cars At Weddings

Neha Viswanathan at Within / Without discusses about a slogan of a car advertisement in India promoting gifting of cars at weddings, which can be interpreted as promoting dowry.

Bangladesh: On US, Where Liberty Is A Statue

“It is about time the Statue of Liberty started minding its own business and oiling its own recession-afflicted machine,” comments Maskawaith Ahsan at E-Bangladesh while discussing contemporary issues like Wikileaks...

Chile: Blog Against Reduction of History Class Hours

The blog Historia y Reforma [es] (History and Reform) collects “the different positions that have been manifested against the reduction of hours for History that are scattered in various media...

Ecuador: “Fiestas de Quito”: Tradition and Resistance

The "Fiestas de Quito" (Celebrations of Quito) are one of the most important and traditional celebrations in Ecuador, marked by the multiculturalism of the city, its traditions and cuisine, where...

India: One Day Women Can Play and Dance

India Unheard shows us two different festivities in different areas of the country where married women from tribal communities can, for one day only, play and dance in public without...

Kenya: Kenya and the ICC: Setting the record straight

Why is the Kenyan government doing a u-turn on its promise to cooperate with the International Criminal Court?: “Now that the investigations are done the Prosecutor has announced that he...

Kenya: The case of Kenyan born with both male and female genitalia

Kenyan Jurist discusses the case of Richard Muasya in Kenya who was born with both female and male genitalia and therefore unable to secure a birth certificate, identity card or...

Burkina Faso: Coping with climate change

A farmer in Burkina Faso combines farming and cattle herding to cope with climate change: “Years ago, when the forest and grass were plentiful, the stover from millet and sorghum...

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's model constitution

Zimbabwe's model constitution: “We have just included all the content from the Model Constitution compiled by the Law Society of Zimbabwe into our indexed online constitution resource. Visitors to our...

Brazil: Media supported censorship during the dictatorship

Eduardo Guimarães, from Blog da Cidadania [Citzenship Blog, pt] reproduces an interview by TV host Jô Soares with Ricardo Kotscho (journalist and President Lula's former press secretary), in which he states that several...

Brazil: WikiLeaks and the “Electronic Intifada”

Idelber Avelar, from the blog Biscoito Fino, suggests [pt] that Orwell's 1984 is one of the best literary models to understand WikiLeaks’ global surveillance, comparing it with a two-way “Electronic Intifada“, and...

Cuba: UN Vote on LGBT Rights Sparks Controversy

During the UN General Assembly, Cuba supported the amendment to remove the explicit reference to sexual orientation from the periodic resolution condemning the extrajudicial, arbitrary or summary executions. The vote...

Kyrgyzstan: Coalition building, Machiavelli style

Niccolo Machiavelli, the Florentine renaissance era political philosopher, had an especially bleak view of human nature. Exiled in his native Italy and publically denounced by popes and politicians in the...

South Korea: Free School Meals Debate Sweeps the Nation

A serious debate on the free school meals system has swept South Korea this week, as a minority opposition party succeeded in passing a bill through parliament that expands free...

Haiti: After the Elections

Haitian bloggers continue to monitor post-election developments.

Barbados: Praedial Larceny

Barbados Underground blogs about “the scourge of praedial larceny.”

Suriname: Art & Houses

“The Surinamese house from the 19th century is disappearing from the Paramaribo scene and with it a piece of our history”: Srananart's Blog features a painter who is passionate about...

Cuba: International Human Rights Day

Uncommon Sense explains why today, International Human Rights Day, is important to him.

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