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18 December 2010

Stories from 18 December 2010

Guatemala: Buñuelos, Comfort Food for December

  18 December 2010

AntiguaDailyPhoto explains: “Guatemalan buñuelos are kind like round French toast and they are served with a lot hot syrup made from water, sugar, anís (anise), cinnamon sticks, all-spice just to name the main ingredients. Buñuelos are one of the most popular Guatemalan comfort foods for December.”

Pakistan: Debating Blasphemy Cases

  18 December 2010

An interesting conversation is underway at All Things Pakistan where Adil Najam expressed his concern that the arrest of Dr. Naushad Valiyani on charges of blasphemy was nothing if not an act of spreading personal and petty hatred.

India: Churches in Kerala

  18 December 2010

In A Travel Blog of an Indian Backpacker, blogger & travel writer Lakshmi shares some interesting photographs of various churches in Kerala, India.

Puerto Rico: The Politization of the Supreme Court

  18 December 2010

Law professor and blogger Hiram Meléndez Juarbe analyzes the institutional crisis the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico [es] is facing, and its recent decision to restrict the space and place of the protests at the University of Puerto Rico.

Cuba: Mariela Castro Espín on LGBT Rights

  18 December 2010

Vladia comments [es] on Mariela Castro Espin's –director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, and daughter of President Raúl Castro– opinions and analysis on the future of LGBT rights in Cuba.

Dominican Republic: Wikileaks cables released

  18 December 2010

The ex ambassador of the United States in the Dominican Republic, Robert Fannin, said two ex Dominican public officers were “corrupt,” as stated in one of the 1600 cables released by WikiLeaks that mention the Caribbean island.  Blogger Rocío Díaz comments on the repercussions [es].

Thailand: ‘Cyber Scout’ training

  18 December 2010

Saksith Saiyasombut reviews Thailand's ‘Cyber Scout’ training programme which aims to form a network of volunteers to monitor any “threat to national security” in the internet and “to defend and protect the royal institution.”

Côte d'Ivoire: Lessons for Africa

  18 December 2010

Africans can learn from the political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, says Salisu Suleiman:"The most important message must be that there are no perfect democracies anywhere in the world. Even Western democracy, particularly the American presidential model, which is very often our reference point, has significant drawbacks..."

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Brazil: Indigenous communities reflect on using the internet

  18 December 2010

For the first time ever, delegates of 16 indigenous communities from all over the country gathered together to discuss a subject of utmost importance: the Internet, and how to use it in favor of indigenous people. This is the first post authored by Chicoepab Surui, from the Paiter Surui people of the Amazon.

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Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim suspended from Parliament

  18 December 2010

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was suspended from the Parliament for six months for linking Prime Minister Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia concept to that of ‘One Israel’. Bloggers discuss the impact of the suspension on Malaysian politics

Taiwan: Controversy over history

  18 December 2010

At The China Beat Paul Katz writes about the controversy that erupted over an online poll to find the most influential figures in the hundred years of the Republic of China (ROC). The poll included Chinese Communist Party leaders such as Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong. The case raises key...

Ukraine: Blood in the Parliament

  18 December 2010

On Dec. 16, a fierce fight broke out in the Ukrainian Parliament, sending at least four lawmakers to the hospital with injuries of various degrees of severity. Tetyana Bohdanova reviews blog and Twitter reactions of the Ukrainian public and politicians.

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