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3 August 2011

Stories from 3 August 2011

Russia: Reshufflings in the Police

  3 August 2011

In Moscow's Shadows writes about “quite a dramatic restructuring of the [Russian Interior Ministry's] most senior echelons”: “The general line within the commentariat is that Nurgaliev is being encircled by Medvedev loyalists while Putin’s proteges are edged out.”

Philippines: #Zubiri and #Pimentel hashtags

  3 August 2011

The twitter hashtags #zubiri and #kokopimentel which became global trending topics for several hours refer to Philippine Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri who resigned from the Senate after the cheating allegation against him was revived. Meanwhile, Koko Pimentel is the candidate who accused Zubiri of committing poll fraud

Papuan students rally in Jakarta

  3 August 2011

EngageMedia uploads a video of Papuan students holding a protest rally in Jakarta, Indonesia to highlight the struggle of West Papua for freedom and democracy.

Sri Lanka: 17 Year Old Boy Feeds Ten Membered Family

  3 August 2011

NAFSO (National Fisheries Solidarity Movement) blog reports that 17 year old construction labor Muththaiya Dharshan has taken the burden of feeding a war ravaged ten membered family in a village of Jaffna district in the North of Sri Lanka.

Russia: Keeping Track of Elections

  3 August 2011

Vladimir Kara-Murza of Spotlight on Russia writes about the peculiar process to get St. Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko eligible for nomination to the post of speaker of the Federation Council – Russian parliament's upper house – and how local by-elections have been held in a far from transparent process simply...

Colombia: Women on Sex Strike Demand Better Roads

  3 August 2011

In Colombia Reports, Matt Snyder writes: “For 38 days, 300 women in the town of Barbacoas have participated in a “strike of crossed legs” denying their husbands sexual favors until a road that connects their town to the rest of Colombia is paved.” Authorities said that the road will be paved;...

Guatemala: E-Forum With Presidential Candidates

  3 August 2011

On August 2, the citizen movement #EstoEsGuate [es] (This is Guatemala) held an e-forum with presidential candidates. Sakis Gonzales from Una Hoja de Papel [es] and Billy Quijada from Blog Cachacero [es] blogged about the event and the candidates’ performance.

The Venezuelan Paramo in Images

  3 August 2011

Venezuela Analysis posts a photo essay of the Venezuelan Paramo with photographs by Mason London: “The paramos, a unique ecosystem found in the Andes of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru (+/- 3,000 to 4,500 meters in altitude), represent some of the most agriculturally utilized lands in all of Venezuela.”

Bahamas: The Reality of Squatter Communities

  3 August 2011

“The deeper we delve into the so-called ‘Haitian problem’, the more we come face to face with ourselves”: Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith examines the squatter situation on the island, saying: “The reality is that squatters include indigenous Bahamians, Haitian-Bahamians, immigrants with work permits and illegal immigrants. But these one-dimensional labels...

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