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8 February 2011

Stories from 8 February 2011

Thailand, Cambodia: Border conflict intensifies

The border row between Thailand and Cambodia has intensified in the past week as both countries exchanged fires killing several soldiers on both fronts and forcing the evacuation of nearby...

Iran: Protesting in the name of Egypt and Tunisia

Iranian opposition leaders, Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karubi, have applied for permission to stage a rally in support of revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, on 14 February (25 Bahman)...

Latest Developments in Bolivia's Demands for Access to Sea

“For the first time since 1950, Chile’s Foreign Minster met with his Bolivian counterpart in La Paz,” Erwin reports at The Latinamericanist. “Bolivia’s David Choquehuanca is expected to bring up...

Egypt: A Star Shines on Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square, the epicentre of massive protests in downtown Cairo calling for an end to the Mubarak regime, saw the largest number of protesters today since the beginning of pro-democracy...

Pakistan: Karachi Literature Festival 2011

“The second Karachi literature festival 2011 took place on 5th and 6th February at Carlton hotel in Karachi”, reports Rabia Sheikh at Chowrangi.

India: What Is Wrong In Being A Homemaker?

Jaya brings on a debate in her blog, which was aired in an Indian TV show recently: “What is wrong in being a homemaker?”

Egypt: Massive Protests Continue on Day 15

Nationwide protests continue to rock Egypt for the 15th day in a row, demanding an end to the Mubarak regime. As the crowds at Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo swell,...

Bangladesh: 100 Lashes For A Rape Victim And The Judiciary

RealTimeBangladesh writes about Hena, the latest victim of village (un) justice in Bangladesh, who died while sustaining a 100 lashes punishment for being raped. Although such fatwa are illegal by...

Bangladesh: Dhaka During The Hartal Hours

Photoblogger Monirul Alam shares photos of the Hartal (general strike) called by the opposition which took place today in Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh.

Colombia: Coffee Farmers Face Challenges After Heavy Rains

Locavore del Mundo reports on the challenges coffee farmers are facing in Colombia and what they are doing to overcome them.

Argentina: Expat and Argentine Team up in Entertaining and Informative Podcast

The Argentine Post interviews the hosts of the B.A. Cast podcast: “Expat Daniel Karlin (Portland, Oregon) and Buenos Aires native Fernando Farías (Monserrat) have teamed up to provide you with...

Cuba: “Operation Cyber-Mambí”

There has been much speculation of late as to whether the spirit of protest will find its way from Egypt and Tunisia to the Caribbean. If the lock on the...

Cuba: Entertainer Dies At 96

“She was an absolute delight, a class act, and she will be missed by many”: Along the Malecon is saddened by the passing of “a legendary Cuban singer and actress.”

Trinidad & Tobago: R.I.P., Mighty Striker

Trinidad & Tobago bloggers acknowledge the passing of calypsonian The Mighty Striker.

Russia: Citizen Bloggers of 2010

After a decade in the wilderness, Russian civil society is finding a powerful voice online. Alexey Sidorenko and Oliver Carroll profile seven citizen bloggers who are leading this charge. A...

Jamaica: Bob, Our Hero

As Jamaica considers making Bob Marley a national hero, Repeating Islands comments: “And I had always (wrongly) assumed that Bob Marley was already a national hero. I do hope that...

Azerbaijan: Support site for arrested youth activist

Following news of the arrest last week of a political youth activist in Azerbaijan, a blog, Freedom Jabbar Savalan!, has been set up in English, Azerbaijani and Russian.

Cuba: The Reality of Revolution

1Click2Cuba wonders whether Cuba will be the next Egypt, but Iván's File Cabinet reminds us that the Cuban reality is different.

Syria: Facebook and YouTube Unblocked, Among Others

Internet in Syria has been heavily censored for years. Seemingly harmless sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Wikipedia Arabic have only been accessible through proxies and various circumvention software. Today, that...

Angola: Zaire Province Forgotten

Diário da África [pt] reproduces an article by the journalist Makuta Nkondo about the political, economic and social context of the “forgotten” Zaire province in Angola. The author claims that...

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