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18 July 2011

Stories from 18 July 2011

Pakistan: Pictures Of The Alleged MQM-ISI Joint Death-squad

Habib R. Sulemani at the Terrorland posts two photographs as proofs of the alleged MQM-ISI joint death-squad working in Karachi to execute targeted political killings.

Kuwait: Bloggers Fight Internet Companies

In the past two months, Kuwaiti bloggers have campaigned against Internet companies in Kuwait which are enforcing a policy of limited bandwidth, steeply raising prices in the past year by...

Brazil: Belo Monte March in Images

Renata Takahashi published dozens of photos of a march – #MarchaBeloMonte - that took place on July 17 in São Paulo, and in six other Brazilian cities, against the Belo...

Iran: Summer Heat Gives Way to Crackdowns on “Improper” Clothing

In many places, summer means sun, sea and holidays. In Iran, summer means at least one more thing: crackdowns on women wearing improper or “un-Islamic” clothing.

Serbia: Disgruntled Community Vs. Disgruntled Politician on Twitter

Serbia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vuk Jeremić, has instigated a social media situation that may seriously damage relations that local citizen media and some politicians have been building. The reaction...

China: Campaigning for the Release of Female Activist Wang Lihong

The Chinese government has been arresting human right activists and political dissidents under the pretext of the Jasmine crack down. Many of the detainees have been released, but female activist,...

El Salvador: Human Chain in San Salvador to Demand Dignified Housing

On Saturday, July 16, “a human chain stretched more than 2 kilometers through San Salvador to emphasize the type of human solidarity needed to resolve the tragedy of marginalized housing...

Ecuador: Campus Party Quito

Natalia Cartolini shares a video [es] promoting Campus Party Quito [es], which will take place from October 19-23 in the Ecuadorian capital.

Iran: Mehdi Khazali, a publisher and blogger was arrested

Mehdi Khazali, a publisher and blogger was arrested. He is son of a leading right-wing cleric and former Counsel of Guardians member, Ayatollah Khazali.

Cuba: Stowaway Dies

“There is no thermometer that measures human despair and each person has his own threshold of resistance”: Yoani Sanchez and Babalu blog about the sad fate of some who try...

Cuba: Female Activists Reportedly Beaten/Detained

Reports of harassment of the Ladies in White and other female activists, here and here.

Trinidad & Tobago: LGBT Community

“Some people automatically assume that the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community is full of immorality, promiscuity, sin, parties, drug users, AIDS and STD carriers, and criminals”: Outlish investigates...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Colman Comission

Tattoo is following the Sir Anthony Colman Commission of Inquiry into the Clico/HCU collapse and notices that in many ways, history is repeating itself, adding: “As the wheels of time...

Jamaica: Rivers & Mountains

“One of my favourite Caribbean proverbs comes from Haiti…‘Deye mon genmon’. Translated: behind the mountains there are mountains. It is such a fantastic description of the landscapes of both Jamaica...

Nigeria: Challenges of Shopping Online

David explains the challenges of shopping online in Nigeria: “Trust is a very rare commodity, especially in Nigeria. There are multitudes of stories about scams and betrayals. Since trust is...

Iran: Plight of seven detained netizens

Exactly one year after seven young netizens were arrested in a series of raids by intelligence ministry agents, Reporters Without Borders is reiterating the call for their release.

Ghana: Creativity at Chale Wote Street Festival

Nana blogs about the Chale Wote Street Festival in James Town in Ghana: “Creativity is gradually finding its voice again in Ghana. Yesterday was proof. Poets, Musicians, Artists, performers, cyclists...

Bolivia: New Road Threatens Indigenous Territory of Isiboro Sécure

Bolivian President Evo Morales is under heavy criticism for his insistence in building a road that would pass through the Indigenous Territory and National Park of Isiboro Sécure, contradicting his...

Germany: Stasi and its Informers

David Cook at The View East writes about the East German security police, Stasi, during the Cold War, and its system of informers.

No Typos or Errors in North Korean Newspapers

Hanguk Story wrote about North Korean newspaper's strict proof-reading system and the government's harsh punishment for those who made errors. When made a mistake regarding a story about its leader,...

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