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11 July 2011

Stories from 11 July 2011

Malaysia: Bersih 2.0 Rally Rattles the Government

It was organized to push merely for electoral reforms but Malaysia's huge Bersih rally last weekend which was violently dispersed by the police has grown into a political movement that...

India: A Facebook Campaign To Remove Unwanted Posters

The Poster Hatao (remove posters) Facebook campaign initiated by Shivraj Kumar, a 78-year-old retired army colonel, is gaining momentum. The aim of the campaign is to keep the Indian capital...

Pakistan: Embracing the Google+ Circles

The past couple of weeks might be forever remembered as a game changer in the realm of social media in Pakistan. It was when Google rolled out its all encompassing...

Russia: Potential of e-Government

Adriel Hampton of Adriel Nation posts impressions of great potential for Russian e-Government after discussions with a Gov 2.0 advocate, pointing to various projects within the sector in Russia.

Senegal-Chad: Is Habré Extradition a Political Diversion by Wade?

Commenting former Chad president Hissene Habré's extradition to his homeland, makaila.over-blog observes [fr]: “Many Senegalese analysts are already questionning whether this is just a diversion by the Senegalese embattled president. The...

South Sudan: Celebration of Independence

Slate.fr blog reports [fr] that South Sudan celebrated the birth of their state with a friendly international football match: “South Sudanese authorities held  a friendly football game between their national team...

Videos: Tortillas, Chapatis, Bread and More Around the World

Most cultures accompany their meals with a grain based product; bread, flatbreads and steamed buns are part of people's meals in many places of the world. Today we visit artisans...

Senegal-Chad: Hissène Habré won't be expelled anymore

In a post published on July 11th, leboytownshow.com blog states the following [fr] :”Senegalese authorities finally announced that they suspend the deportation order against Hissène Habré (editor's note:  Chad former...

Haiti: Iconic Actress Passes On

Repeating Islands notes the passing of the Haitian-born actress, Jacqueline Scott-Lemoine.

Dominica: “Price is King”

“One of the biggest ironies of Dominica is that whilst the economy contracts, more and more people are importing food and inferior products and dumping it on our markets”: Caribbean...

Jamaica: Road Rage Results in Death of Teen

Jamaica Woman Tongue comments on the road rage incident that took the life of an innocent teen, saying: “Life is cheap; BMW’s are expensive. On top of that, the gun...

Trinidad & Tobago: Tackling Transformation

“No one transforms for the greater good. No one transforms to save this place. All we have is Decepticons for leaders. And people who do not, cannot fly”: Attillah Springer...

Peru: A Case Against Taxing Cellphones

Antonio Rodriguez Lobatón, from the blog Blawyer, argues [es] that taxing telecommunication services like cellphones or cable television is a bad idea. He says it makes no sense for the...

Mexico: Photos of Street Food in Mexico City

Lesley Téllez posts pictures of street food in Mexico City in her blog The Mija Chronicles.

Panama: What Does ‘Middle Class’ Mean?

In Contrapunto [es], Hannah asks what it means to be part of the ‘middle class’ in Panama. Sociologists and economists place the mark at a minimum monthly salary of $500...

Portugal: Research on Literacy, Media and Citizenship

The Research Center on Communication and Society from the University of Minho, in Portugal, has made available for download the proceedings of the First National Congress on Literacy, Media and...

Jamaica: Reporting Standards

Active Voice blogs about double standards in media reporting here and here.

Zambia: Tourism Body Ignores Local Musicians For Rebranding Event

The Zambia Tourist Board has just rebranded with a new logo. However, to the chagrin of local musicians, the board invited a Paris-based Congolese musician Fally Ipupa to perform at...

Spain: More Information on tomalaplaza.net

The website tomalaplaza.net [es] now offers sections (labeled with the names of cities) with information on all the local civic movements that have developed in Spain since last May 15...

Cuba: Silvio Rodríguez Remembers Facundo Cabral

Iroel Sánchez comments that Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez [es] honored in his blog Segunda Cita [es] the memory of the recently murdered Argentinian artist Facundo Cabral.  

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