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14 December 2010

Stories from 14 December 2010

Uruguay: Winners of Blog Competition “Your Ideas Matter” Announced

The winners of the schoolchildren blog competition, “Your Ideas Matter,” were recently announced [es]: three girls from the School Agraria de Raigón won first place in the innovative projects category;...

Syria: Let It Snow!

It's been a whirlwind week of weird weather for much of the Levant, as relieving rains and surprise snows blanket the landscape. In the Syrian capital, the streets are covered...

Bhutan: Tobacco or Drinking Ban

Passu wonders why Bhutan banned tobacco instead of drinking.

India: Open Access Indian Law Database

Yale Law Library blog informs that The Legal Information Institute of India (LII of India), a non-profit access to 50 databases of Indian law, is now open for public access.

Bangladesh: Artificial Kidney – A Rare Feat

Unheard Voice blog informs that “Shuvo Roy, a Bangladeshi scientist at the University of California, San Francisco, has developed the world’s first artificial, implantable kidney.”

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As 2010 draws to a close, we’re launching a special appeal for support in continuing and building upon the work we've done this year. Our editors, authors and translators spend...

Caucasus: Corruption

Social Science in the Caucasus comments on Transparency International's latest Global Corruption Barometer. While noting that corruption has increased in the world, it nonetheless notes that levels in Georgia are...

Armenia: Facebook Storytelling

Writing for Ararat Magazine, Global Voices author Simon Maghakyan says that that one Facebook Group is attempting to use the popular social networking site to teach children Armenian history. The...

Armenia: Smoking the Pipe of Peace

Ararat Magazine features a post by Global Voices’ Caucasus editor on Calumet, an ethnic lounge bar in Yerevan, the Armenian capital. Offering a laid back environment for local civic activists,...

China: Meaning of the word “love”

Maryannodonnell from Shenzhen Noted looks into the meaning of “I love you” in a cross cultural romantic relation in Shenzhen.

Mexico: The Pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

“Political parties, narcos, economic policies are transitory events, blips in time that aren’t meaningful in the long run.  What matters is what endures, and in Mexico, what endures is the...

Peru: Red April, a Novel by Santiago Roncagliolo

In a short book review, Greg Weeks writes: “Santiago Roncagliolo's Red April: A Novel is a creepy yet engrossing mystery set in Peru in March-April 2000. It focuses on the...

Kenya: Kenya’s fastest rising Google Search words 2010

Kenya's fastest rising Google search words in 2010: “According to the Google Zeitgeist, Kenyans this year showed strong interest in social networking sites and virtual realities. “2go” topped the fastest...

Chile: WikiLeaks Cable on Media Coverage of Mapuche Indigenous Group

Luis Ramirez [es] blogs about a US Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks, where the media coverage of the indigenous Mapuche is criticized as being exaggerated in showing more violence than...

Kenya: Ocampo's list of six

The only thing I’ve been waiting for more than the Kenya WikiLeaks is Ocampo’s list of government officials to be indicted with regards to the horrific 2007 Post-Election Violence.

Kenya: Bloggers React To WikiLeaks Cables

Kenyans celebrated their 47th year since becoming a Republic on Sunday December 12, 2010.The speeches by the leadership including the Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice-President...

Africa: Photos of Urban Africa

African Digital Art has posted some fascinating photos of urban Africa from Urban Africa, a popular Flickr group that showcases growing urban life in various African cities.

Paraguay: Indigenous Youth Participate in Political and Social Leadership Seminar

The blog despierta…Paraguay!!! [es] reports on a recent seminar where more than 120 indigenous youth (15-30 years old) from 60 communities gathered to debate, learn and share experiences about “their...

Caucasus: Average Internet speeds and prices

The Yerevan-based Civilitas Foundation compares the average speed and cost of Internet connections in the South Caucasus. According to that data, Armenia is well behind its two neighbors in the...

Haiti: After Elections

“The situation here is like a volcano that has been building pressure for a very long time. The massive earthquake, the million homeless people and 300,000 dead, Hurricane Tomas, the...

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