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8 August 2011

Stories from 8 August 2011

Bangladesh: Fatwa Violence Still Exists

Cori Fleser at BRAC Blog reports that in spite of a 2001 judgment by the Supreme Court outlawing the practice of fatwa, the practice of such extrajudicial punishments still exists...

Should Thailand Raise the Minimum Wage?

One of the campaign promises of newly elected Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai Party was to double Thailand’s minimum wage. The new pay scale will be implemented...

Sri Lanka: A Queue of 3,500 Job-Seekers

Anushka Wijesinha at Groundviews posts photos and video of a 1.5km long queue of more than 3500 Sri Lankan job seekers, which indicate that unemployment is posing a serious threat...

Haiti: Hurricanes Only Part of the Problem

Throwing Down the Water says that although Hurricane Emily “mostly missed Haiti…the usual rains of this season will not because they are part of the usual cycle of nature. And...

Cuba: Attacks on Activists

Diaspora bloggers report on attacks against human rights activists in Cuba that allegedly happened this past weekend.

Global: Tracking Teacher Strikes and Protests

In one week, Teachersolidarity.com has written of teacher strikes and struggles in Puerto Rico, Chile, Kashmir, Orissa, Greece, Bahrain and Washington D.C. The blog is an online companion to the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Love, Freedom & Humanity

“The real tragedy is people who have no one to love them. I can hardly imagine how long it’s been since anyone has reassured them, you are real. You are...

St. Lucia: Earthquake Hits, No Injuries Reported

Repeating Islands has the details about an earthquake in St. Lucia yesterday, which measured 5.3 on the Richter Scale.

Barbados: Rihanna Helps Barbados’ Profile

Diaspora bloger Jdid defends Rihanna's costume and dancing style at the country's recent Kadooment, while Cheese-on-bread reviews her homecoming concert; Barbados Underground adds: “The world maybe about to totter into...

Barbados: Social Media to Help Fight Crime?

Two police officers are shot and the Commissioner advises that the police force “‘will soon’ be on Twitter and Facebook”, but Barbados Free Press remains sceptical: “Two cops shot. Double...

Côte d'Ivoire: Abidjan in Mourning After Tragic Bus Accident

Friday, August 5, was a tragic day for the West African country of Côte d'Ivoire. A bus transporting passengers in the capital city Abidjan, plunged off a bridge into the...

Mexico's ‘Train of Death’

Thousands of Central American migrants risk their lives to hop on top of moving freight trains going from southern Mexico to northern destinations along the US border. A new documentary...

China: Taxi Drivers and Railway Workers on Strike

A new wave of strikes are taking place in China. This time it is not among rural migrant workers working in sweatshops, but among drivers and employees in the urban...

Colombia: The Abortion Debate

Amidst the ongoing debate prompted by a Conservative bill aiming to outlaw abortion in all cases, Javier Moreno debunks [es] one of the arguments (a poorly referenced academic text) by...

Chile: Families March for Education Reform

On Sunday, August 7, families marched to support students demanding equal, free and higher quality education in Chile. #marchafamiliar became a local Trending Topic on Sunday, and some users are...

Guatemala: Campaign Violence

Mike blogs about campaign violence in Guatemala in his blog Central American Politics: “It's worrisome, but there is some evidence that things are getting better. And the violence associated with...

Zimbabwe: Will a Big Brother Winner Unite a Divided Country?

The Big Brother Africa reality marathon is now over. However, there are mixed views about which of the two Zimbabwean contestants deserved to win. The Zimbabwean chap who took home...

Trinidad & Tobago: Newspaper Prints “Private” Facebook Comments

In a follow-up story in June about threatening emails to journalists allegedly sent from the home of the Prime Minister's advisor, The Trinidad Express quoted from a private Facebook discussion...

Cameroon: Alcohol consumption, a cultural phenomenon

On Africavox, Jean-Baptiste Ketchateng interviewed [fr] Paul Abouna, an anthropologist at the University of Yaoundé, about binge drinking in Cameroon. He reminds us that “alcohol consumption [in Cameroon] is a...

Number of North Korean Defectors Surges In Thailand

ROK drop blog posted a story on a surge of North Korean refugees in northern Thailand. As authorities have failed to give  a clear explanation on causes of the sudden...

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