Stories from 4 August 2011
MC Azagaia, a controversial activist musician from Mozambique, had been arrested for possession of cannabis on the same day that he was going to present his latest hip hop work. Netizens have been wondering about real motivations for his arrest while discussing the limits of freedom of expression. Azagaia has been released and the presentation took place on August 4.
Lebanese Tweeps and bloggers are congratulating themselves for the abolition of reduced sentence on crimes of honor on August 4th, 2011. Roy Tohme, tweets: ” Finally, we're catching up with humanity” while Tarekhs can't help but wonder why did a certain parliamentary bloc oppose the ban and says: ”Good Thing...
Michael Dembinski of W-wa Jeziorki tells the story of the Warsaw Bazar Różyckiego – once one of the few marketplaces in communist Poland where sought-after western goods could be purchased
Everyone knows not to play with fire. In Tehran, it seems, even playing with water can cause problems. At least this a ‘lesson' that several Iranian youngesters learned when they were arrested last week by security forces for taking part in a game of water war in the streets
Robert Valencia from My Humble Opinion blogs about a couple failed attempts by Latin American news organizations to provide content in English. He argues: “If Latin American broadcasters wish to keep up with other international networks that have incorporated high-quality English programming, now is the time to deliver real content...
Taras of Ukraïniana comments on two recent mine accidents in Ukraine, causing 38 deaths, and posts a video [ru] of a miner who says that mine-owners treat their employees as expendables.
Leoš Tomíček of Austere Insomniac writes about two Ukrainian historical nationalists, Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukhevych, who have been deprived of their posthumous distinctions as heroes of Ukraine by President Yanukovych.
Though she shares a last name with a globally famous Ghanaian, Linda Annan is not related to former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. Linda is a Ghanaian journalist and blogger who contributes to Global Voices Online and is the founder of Obaasema, an online magazine for Ghanaian women.
Ianyan features two special reports accompanied by photographs on the traditional annual water fight at the pagan temple of Garni and an old Soviet-era games arcade that remains intact and in use in the country's second largest city of Gyumri.
Although the government refused to authorize today's demonstration on Alameda Avenue in Santiago, Chilean students are protesting for education reform once again. This time netizens are using the hashtag #4deagosto on Twitter to share reports, pictures and reactions.
Bloggers in China fear that a recent broadcast by state-controlled China Central Television (CCTV) entitled, 'Where is the moral bottom line of Microblogs?', was a direct attack on citizen media freedom. Oiwan Lam discusses the issue.
This is the story of how one blogger was able to overcome corruption in the Department of Journalism at Moscow State University. It seems unbelievable and impossible even, that this issue revolves around entrance exams for the most powerful and prestigious university in Russia.
Tibet 5100, high-end mineral water brand, makes its profit by hooking with the China Railway Bureau and is now listed in Hong Kong's stock market. Michelle from interlocals.net translates the story originally written in Chinese at inmediahk.net.
Ministry of Tofu translates a local feature story on the Taxi drivers’ strike in Hangzhou city in China.
Chilean Starbucks workers have revealed that their country's baristas are paid less per hour than the cost of a cup of coffee. Three employees are now on hunger strike demanding better working conditions, but Starbucks has yet to even respond to their requests.
Eli from Chengdu Living discusses about the symbolism of the high speed train in China and its backlash as a result of the Wenzhou train crash.
Russian journalist and photoblogger Ilya Varlamov was threatened and attacked by Russian policemen when he covered oppositional demonstration in Moscow. He posted his story and photos [ru] of the attacker on his blog. Another story of police violence against a photoblogger during the same demonstration was told [ru] by Dmitriy...