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11 August 2011

Stories from 11 August 2011

Australia: Malaysia No Solution to ‘Boat People’ Politics

The Australian government’s attempt to take a hard line on people smugglers and asylum seekers arriving by boat has hit a major snag. In December 2010, approximately 50 asylum seekers...

Russia: A Psycho-Neurological Patient's Photo Stories

Pasha Kyshtymov, a lifelong psycho-neurological patient in Siberia, cannot communicate through speech, but had no problems learning to express himself through photography. On his blog, the Russian photographer Oleg Klimov...

Barbados: Jamaicans Plead Guilty to Drug Smuggling

As eight Jamaicans plead guilty to smuggling marijuana into Barbados, BFP says: “Drug mules are the Privates. Who are the Generals?”

Syria: World Cities Rally Against and For Bashar

Events in Syria are being echoed around the world. Syrians in the diaspora rallied in the majority of the cities in the world, either asking to overthrow Bashar Al Assad...

Tunisia: “The People Want an Independent Judiciary”

“People want independent judiciary" is a slogan that has been recently raised in the streets of Tunisia. Afef Abrougui takes a look at the reactions of bloggers following the release...

Lebanon: Cellphone Cameras for Crowd-Sourcing

A crowd-sourcing campaign was launched in Lebanon titled: “Cheyif 7alak” [Arabic for “Do you see yourself”]. It calls on people to use their cellphone cameras (or any others) to shoot any...

Mauritania: Discrimination Plagues Census

adrar-info.net publishes an article on Mauritanian demonstrations in Paris and Mauritania, related to the current population census in Mauritania. Black Mauritanians apparently have a difficult time getting their name registered...

Puerto Rico: State Funding of Religious Campaigns

The site of the online radio station Bonita Radio [es] publishes an interview [es] with members of the  feminist coalition Movimiento Amplio de Mujeres de Puerto Rico [es] about the...

Puerto Rico: Comment from ex Director of Diálogo

Marcos Pérez, the former director of the University of Puerto Rico's monthly newspaper Diálogo, briefly comments on his recent dismissal, in the online publication 80 Grados [es].

Cuba: What is a Terrorist Organization?

Osmany Sánchez from La Joven Cuba responds [es] to a post written by fellow blogger Miriam Celaya, which has stirred a tremendous debate in the Cuban blogosphere. In his response,...

Iran: Remember Omid Reza MirSayafi

Iran's Freedom of Expression site has conducted [fa] an interview with Omid Reza Mirsayafi's close friend about his death. Omid Reza Mirsayafi, a blogger, died in a prison in Iran...

Ecuador: Newspapers Protest With Covers ‘For Freedom of Expression’

“Major Ecuadorian newspapers ran the same cover today [August 10] — “For Freedom of Expression” — to protest President Rafael Correa’s increasing verbal and legal attacks on the independent media....

Colombia: Indigenous People March On Antioquia's Independence Day

Today, August 11, is independence day in Antioquia. More than one thousand Indigenous people are marching through the streets [es] of Medellín to reach [es] the Alpujarra [es] where the...

Costa Rica: Metropolitan Cathedral will be Surrounded by Sluts

This Sunday, the Costa Rican SlutWalk will come together in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral in the capital city of San José. The walk comes as a response to the...

Kenya: Mocality Launches Daily Deals and Mobile Apps.

Watch a video of Moses Kemibaro's interview with Joshua Mwaniki, the Country Manager for Mocality in Kenya, on the impending launch of Mocality Deals: “In addition to the deals, Mocality...

China: Tweets Didn't Start the Fire

China's main state television station has launched a second offensive against microbloggers and users of other social media, this time on the back of the recent British riots. The attack...

Guinea-Bissau: Films From Guinea-Bissau

Kris introduces his readers to films from Guinea-Bissau: “As African cinemas go, Guinea-Bissau is not well researched and there’s not that much about written about its history in film. I...

Bermuda, Jamaica: London Burning

Jamaican diaspora blogger Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac and Bermuda's Respice Finem blog about the London riots.

Russia: Bloggers’ Summer of Civic Actions

Although August is traditionally considered a quiet month in Russia, the country's Internet has been alive with hundreds and thousands of people taking part in a number of social actions....

Russia: President is Critisized for New Open Data Initiative.

Russian expert for open data criticized President Medvedev's  initiative [RUS] to put more government data online. The criticism revolves around the lack of transparency, a question of what data should...

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