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2 August 2011

Stories from 2 August 2011

Brazil: The Heterossexual Pride Day is Announced

  2 August 2011

Brazilian activist Alessandra Nane (@Lessinha_nane) informs [pt] that the City Council of São Paulo has just approved the Heterosexual Pride Day, a project led by evangelical leaders, to take place on the third Sunday of December. Nane ironically wonders when the “White Awareness Day”, among others, will also be approved.

Ukraine: Ten Little Politicians

  2 August 2011

LEvko of Foreign Notes discusses whether the political class of Ukraine is starting to realize anyone might be next in line to face prosecution, were former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko to be found guilty during her ongoing trial, and what they might do to avoid this.

Chile: 4 Years Since Aymara Woman Detained for Losing Son

  2 August 2011

Katie Manning, a reporter for MiVoz.cl (which publishes 14 citizen journalism online newpapers in Chile), writes about Gabriela Blas, a 28-year-old Aymara woman who “spends her days locked up in the Acha Prison in Arica, a mid-sized city in the north of Chile. […] August 2, marks four years since...

Haiti: Fair Pay Needed for Honest Work

  2 August 2011

“Eighteen months after ‘bagay la’ (‘the thing’) brought Haiti to its knees, Haiti is still on its knees”: Dying in Haiti says that “there is much work to be done in Haiti and there are many Haitians to do the work. They need to be paid fairly for their work...

Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas: True Freedom

  2 August 2011

Is Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel the “new face of freedom”? Trinidadian Attillah Springer contends that “blackness is the prison that black people fear the most”, while Bahamian Nicolette Bethel says: “For true emancipation, we need to believe in something bigger than ourselves…something like truth, or honour, or service, or...

Caribbean: TS Emily

  2 August 2011

Tropical Storm Emily has a few regional territories on the alert: bloggers [ES] in Cuba and the U.S. Virgin Islands post updates.

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China: Chemical Vinegar

  2 August 2011

A local report has revealed that 90% of vinegar in the market is produced by glacial acetic acid rather than grain. According to the report [zh] in the First Financial Daily, the annual consumption of vinegar on average is up to 3.3 million tons and 90% is a chemical combination...

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Syria: Can Tweets Prevent a Massacre?

Following the worst day of violence Syria has seen since protests broke out across the country in February, Syrian opposition and their supporters around the world have begun an attempt to raise global awareness of events in the country, utilizing a hashtag, #RamadanMassacre, that was started on Sunday to keep track of reports from the city of Hama.

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