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August, 2011

Stories from August, 2011

Cambodia’s Sand Pirates

Residents in a Cambodian province complain against the negative impact of sand dredging in their area. Tons of sand from Cambodia are allegedly shipped to Singapore which are used to...

International Blog Day in Latin America

Several bloggers in Latin America are sharing their thoughts on blogging during this year's Blog Day, like Juan Edgardo Lezcano [es] from Paraguay and Julio Córdoba [es] from Costa Rica....

Costa Rica: Bloggers on Anti-Tobacco Law

Blogger ‘El Chamuko’ from El infierno en Costa Rica [es] and María Luisa Ávila [es] comment on the anti-tobacco law that is up for debate in Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly....

North Korean Airline Uses Facebook

Marc Perton wrote about North Korean Airline ‘Koryo’ and its use of social media in the Consumerist blog.

Colombia: Art NGOs Receive Threat from Paramilitary Group

The blog El salmon [es] reports [es] that on August 23, 12 Art NGOs received death threats from the paramilitary group “Black Eagles“. The threat indicated they were to leave...

Nigeria: The Brain Behind the Nigerian Blog Awards

Behold the face behind the masquerade. Good Nigerian Girl is the brain powering the Nigeria Blogs Awards since 2010. The Nigerian Blog Awards is an annual event that rewards creative...

Blog Carnival: Mexico – Is Mexican Society Violent by Nature?

This summary of our Blog Carnival: Mexico - Citizenry, Violence and Blogs looks at what Mexican bloggers think about their society which is sometimes described as violent by nature. Bloggers...

Russia: Chamber of Accounts’ Leak Exposes Significant Financial Violations

Anti-corruption blogger ipasserby had analyzed [ru] over 100 classified documents of the Russian Chamber of Accounts that had accidentally leaked to the Web in July 2011. According to the blogger,...

China: 77-year-old female kneels down, naked, in front of courthouse to protest land grab

Ministry of Tofu translates a human rights protest story from Canyu.org [zh], with a video showing a 77-year-old female kneels down, naked, in front of the Shanghai courthouse to protest...

China: Real Name Registration Requirement Coming For Weibo?

Bbishop from Digicha blogs about the rumor that the Chinese authorities would demand Weibo (Micro-blog) and other social media users to use real name in registration.

India: Reaction To The Kashmir Mass Graves

Dilip D'Souza at Death Ends Fun reacts to the news that more than 2,000 bullet-riddled bodies were found in mass graves in Kashmir.

India: Acid Survivor Denied Access To Mumbai College

Shirin Juwaley, an acid attack survivor, writes in her blog that she was recently denied entry to a Mumbai college. Dheera Sujan writes an open letter to the principal who...

Nepal: Live Tweeting Miss Nepal Contest

As the 17th edition of of Miss Nepal 2011 beauty pageant took place in Kathmandu this afternoon, many Nepali Tweeps resorted to the hashtag #MissNepal2011 to live tweet the event,...

Senegal: Grants for Pilgrimage to Mecca and Rome

Mamadou Sarr on assirou.net reveals [fr] how much money Senegal provides for pilgrimages: “The Senegalese government subsidizes the pilgrimage to Mecca to the tune of 1 billion 350 million CFA...

Bangladesh: Coming Home For Eid

Eid is the biggest religious festival in the Muslim majority country Bangladesh, and a key part of the celebration is going home to celebrate with family in distant places. Bijoy...

Chile: Mapuche Youth Takeover Municipal Building

Katie Manning from Mi Voz reports that forty Mapuche teenagers have staged a takeover –toma in Spanish– in Ercilla: “Since August 19, the 11-to-17-year-olds occupied the town’s government center. They’re...

Latin America: Remembering the Missing on the International Day of the Disappeared

August 30 is the International Day of the Disappeared; The Latin Americanist blogs about current cases of disappearances in Mexico and Argentina.

China: Who Could Have Known The Libyans Hate Gaddafi?

One of China's top military analysts at home, has turned the official line on Libya into something of a joke, and abroad, China's nominal support for Gaddafi may end up...

Cuba: Sixth Sunday vs. Women

“This Sunday August 28th was the 6th consecutive Sunday in which dozens of dissidents -mainly women- have been violently attacked by the regime’s forces. And, each passing day, the methods...

Jamaica: Collaborative Documentary for Independence

“Next year both Jamaica and I turn 50″: Labrish blogs about “a fabulous idea to celebrate Jamaica's independence.”

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