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28 December 2010

Stories from 28 December 2010

Pakistan: Solidarity Day For Peace

  28 December 2010

Teeth Maestro informs that “rallies for peace will be held on 1 Jan 2011 in over 100 locations across Pakistan in solidarity with those suffering violence and repression.”

Costa Rica: Reading Newspaper While Driving a Bus

  28 December 2010

Hell in Costa Rica [es] blog has shared a citizen video where a bus driver working for a public transportation company which recently got in trouble for running over a mother and her daughter is seen reading the newspaper while driving.

Sudan: Land Grabbing in Sudan

  28 December 2010

Henry's data visualization of land grabbing in Sudan: “I read an article this morning about “land grabbing” in Africa by foreign countries. When I read the amount of land being acquired by foreign investors in Sudan, I thought to my self, “that is horrible”. Then I took a closer look...

Ethiopia: History of Oromo People

  28 December 2010

Learn the history of Oromo people from Ethiopia Tribe blog: “The Oromo are a native African ethnic group found in Ethiopia and to a smaller extent in Kenya. They are the largest single ethnic group in Ethiopia, at 32.1% of the population according to the 1994 census, and today numbering...

Ghana: Reflections on Christmas in Accra

  28 December 2010

Fiona reflects on Christmas in Accra, Ghana: “Pink plastic Christmas trees on sale by the side of the road. Inflatable Santas on sale by the side of the road. Flashing Santa hats on sale by the side of the road. Pictures of Jesus, hair clippers, rat poison, socks, kites, ‘white...

South Korea: Court Rules In Favor of Free Internet Speech

  28 December 2010

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a law that bans the spreading of false information online is unconstitutional in a petition filed by a famous online blogger ‘Minerva’, who was indicted for causing disruptions in markets with his false reports. Twitterers, such as @jasmin4243[ko], bloggers, and civic groups have welcomed the ruling.

Bahamas: Patience for Junkanoo

  28 December 2010

“During the Christmas and New Year period, little else animates Bahamians than showing vociferously where there hearts are in support for the groups that grace the annual street parades”: Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac blogs about Junkanoo.

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Japan: A year of blogs

  28 December 2010

As the character 暑 (sho) meaning ‘hot or heat' was chosen to represent the year 2010 at the annual ceremony in Kyoto, let's see a selection of “hot topics” that Global Voices covered this year.

Russia: Regional Minister Hired Through Internet

RuNet Echo  28 December 2010

A new minister for information technologies of Russia's Ulyanovsk region has been found through Internet [RUS]. Elena Balashova, 35,  was one of 2,563 people who submitted their online applications for the position. The candidates used Livejournal to share their professional plan and were interviewed via Skype.

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Wikileaks, Thaileaks, Indoleaks, Pinoyleaks

  28 December 2010

There are Wikileaks clones in Southeast Asia: Thaileaks from Thailand, Indoleaks from Indonesia and Pinoyleaks from the Philippines. These websites were established/revived this month to support the work started by Wikileaks and to expose secret government documents in their respective countries.

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