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1 August 2011

Stories from 1 August 2011

Ramadan Recipes: Feasting After Fasting

As the month of Ramadan begins, Maria Grabowski has started a list of blog links to some wonderful Iftar recipes. Please do share your favorites, too!

Pakistan: Generals And Democracy

Habib R. Sulemani opines that in Pakistan the military is calling the shots no matter who is in power in the country. He also opines that: “Members of the parliament...

Global Voices Podcast 2: Speaking Our Language

In this edition of the Global Voices podcast we talk all about language and the internet. The way we speak, write, gesture, code and communicate is such a rich topic...

Nepal: TedX Kathmandu

Nepal Blogs informs that the first ever TedX event was held in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 29, 2011.

Azerbaijan: Eurovision in a non-free country?

A campaign to raise awareness of the plight of political prisoners and restrictions on freedom of assembly in Azerbaijan has been launched by four non-governmental organizations ahead of next year's...

France: The Forgotten Tunisian Refugees of #Botzaris36

After several months of wandering, 30 Tunisian migrants are currently sleeping rough in a park in Paris. #Botzaris36 is the hashtag launched on Twitter to help them out both financially...

Russia: Opposition Tactics for Presidential Elections

Kevin Rothrock of A Good Treaty sums up a recent discussion among Russian opposition bloggers on which tactics to use to avoid that Putin or Medvedev do not get re-elected...

Russia: Medvedev or Putin for President

Amid speculations on whether Medvedev or Putin will run for the Russian presidency in March 2012, Patrick Armstrong of Russia: Other Points of View argues that – judging from key...

Bangladesh: 40th Anniversary of The Concert For Bangladesh

The 'Concert For Bangladesh', a benefit concert organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar on August 1, 1971, is not widely known. Bangladeshi bloggers celebrate the 40th anniversary of the...

Lithuania-Austria: Continued Controversy Over Ex-KGB Man

Albatros of Litauen blog discusses [ger] the ongoing controversy between Lithuania and Austria, after authorities in Vienna let go of an internationally wanted ex-KGB officer, who allegedly was party to...

Belarus: Almost 30% of Belarusans Get Lower Salary Than Moldovans

LJ user Pavel Kuznetsov points to [ru] recent statistics showing that almost 30% of employees in Belarus earn less than in Moldova – the poorest country in Europe.

Paraguay: 7 Years Since Supermarket Tragedy

Seven years ago today, on August 1, 2004, a fire in a supermarket killed over 300 people and left more than 500 injured in what the blog Interparaguay [es] calls...

Ecuador: President Rafael Correa Tweets From @MashiRafael

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has joined the ranks of Latin American presidents on Twitter. Latin America News Dispatch reports: “The account is named @MashiRafael, which means “Comrade Rafael” in the...

Chile: Recent Clashes in Ongoing Mapuche Land Struggle

In Indigenous News Ryan Seelau reports on recent incidents in Ercilla, Chile as the Mapuche indigenous people of the area struggle to get their lands back from landowners.

Caribbean: Online Reactions to Guyana Plane Crash

When news broke early on Saturday that a Caribbean Airlines flight had crash landed at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana, the regional blogosphere sat up and took notice. In...

Global Voices in Aymara: Preserving Indigenous Language Online

One of the newest Global Voices Lingua sites is also its first in an indigenous language, Aymara. This native language is spoken by more than 2 million people across the...

Kenya: Take Part in FeedKE Campaign

Spare a meal to help others through FeedKe campaign: “A week ago I started this initiative of having Kenyans Sacrifice A Meal to help Feed Kenya!!! My initial TARGET was...

Kenya: “Create for Millions” Mobile Apps Contest Launched

Moses Kemibaro attends the lauching of “Create for Millions” in Nairobi, Kenya: “Yesterday I was at the iHub in Nairobi for Nokia’s launch of its local version of the “Create...

United Kingdom: #BlameTheMuslims Twitter Hashtag Spins Out of Context

Sanum Ghafoor is a 19-year old Muslim student in the UK. Aggravated at how Muslims were immediately accused for any act of violence, especially following last week's Oslo attacks, Sanum...

Uzbekistan: Business will pay for “exemplary mahallas”

Abulfazal writes that the Uzbek government project on creation of so-called “exemplary mahallas” (communities) is turning into a campaign of forcing the local businessmen to finance infrastructure upgrades and renovations.

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