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18 May 2011

Stories from 18 May 2011

Malaysia: Tweets on the Acid Splasher

More than 20 cases of acid attacks have been reported already in Malaysia since March. Many residents are scared to walk in the streets. Netizens were quick to spread information...

India: Lessons Learnt In The Assembly Elections

Rajesh Jain at Emergic writes about the lessons learnt after the results of the assembly elections in five Indian states.

Bhutan: Why The High Tourist Fee?

Bridge To Bhutan explains the reason behind Bhutan’s unique and long-standing system of requiring tourists to spend at least $200 a day.

Sri Lanka: Buddhism And Its Impact On Governance

A Concerned Citizen at Groundviews criticizes the Sri Lankan leadership’s aggressively defensive behaviour on many issues, which do not represent what the Buddha taught.

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Eurovision Diplomacy?

Global Voices’ Caucasus Editor rounds up opinion to the possibility that winning this year's Eurovision Song Contest could contribute to change in Azerbaijan. The post looks at the situation in...

Brazil: Alert as 473% jump in deforestation is confirmed

“Events are moving quickly in Brazil's epic battle over a new national Forest Code. The struggle has has reached a critical stage full of both danger and opportunity. Please take...

Nepal: Social Media As A Civic Activism Tool

On Saturday May 7, 2011, hundreds gathered at a public square in Kathmandu demanding that the constitution be drafted by the May 28 deadline. This event was unique to Nepali...

Costa Rica: Day Against Homophobia

Costa Rica celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17, and both online and offline people celebrated sexual diversity.

Russia: Pictures of Skolkovo Center Design Projects

Popular photoblogger Ilya Varlamov (zyalt) posted pictures of design proposals for Skolkovo research center, Russian equivalent of Silicon Valley. English Russia has English translation of zyalt's post.

Azerbaijan: Eurovision-induced sexual revolution?

Turkhan's blog [AZ] posts video and photos of a woman celebrating Azerbaijan's Eurovision victory in a less than expected way considering the otherwise traditional and patriarchal nature of local society....

World: FIFA Election – House of Knaves or Knights?

Football fans have been treated to some really interesting times in the last few months. The latest is the FIFA election, which comes at a time when one of the...

Egypt: I Unfollowed Ghonim Because …

Egyptian cyber activist Wael Ghonim, who shot to international fame after being arrested at the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, is facing criticism from the very same Egyptians who earlier...

Puerto Rico: A Cry for Justice, No More Violence Against Women

This year in Puerto Rico, 15 women (two more cases are under investigation) have been murdered by their partners or ex partners. In the context of a population of almost...

Cuba: The Capital's Chinatown

Iván's File Cabinet blogs about the evolution of Havana's Chinatown.

U.S.V.I., St. Vincent & the Grenadines: The Caribbean Through a Camera

A Nation or Nobody admires the work of Nadia Huggins, whom he describes as “one of the artists who is bringing an authentic Caribbean voice to digital photography.”

Cuba: Feelings Toward “Foreigners”

Yenisel Rodriguez, blogging at Havana Times, tells of an incident of xenophobia that made him “recall stories of the discrimination that Haitians suffer in the Dominican Republic.”

Chile: Massive Protests Continue Against Hidroaysén Power Station

After the approval of the construction of the Hidroaysén hydrolectric power station in the Aysén region of the Patagonia of Chile on May 9, 2011, there have been many protests...

Barbados: Sir Hilary's Gaffe

Sir Hilary Beckles recently compared cricketer Chris Gayle to Jamaican drug don Christopher “Dudus” Coke, provoking action from WICB Expose and causing Barbados Underground to comment: “Sir Hilary has engineered...

Bermuda: Gay Rights = Human Rights

Wishful Thinking says that “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation” is a human rights issue and asks compatriots to “send a message that we've waited long enough and leave...

India: Kerala Election Results With A Subtle Warning

As the new seven member state cabinet of Kerala is to be sworn in on Wednesday the 18th of May 2011 there are no obvious signs of celebrations across the...

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