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15 August 2011

Stories from 15 August 2011

Russia: “On the Eve of Collapse”

To mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of the August 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, OpenDemocracy.net publishes two excerpts from Susan Richards’ 1990 book, “Epics of Everyday Life: Encounters in...

Hungary: New Law on Churches and Scientology

Eva S. Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum writes about Hungary's new law on churches – according to which the legal status of a church is to be decided by the parliament...

Cuba: First “Gay” Marriage

This past weekend, a gay man and a trans-sexual woman, got married. In Cuba - on the same day that Fidel Castro turned 85. Bloggers weigh in on the landmark...

Czech Republic: Gay Pride in Prague and Politics

The Reference Frame comments on the politics surrounding Prague's first gay pride parade.

The Balkans, Norway: Anders Breivik and Srđa Trifković

Eric Gordy of East Ethnia writes about the Balkan dimension of the July 22 terrorist attacks in Norway: “[…] [Anders Breivik] has the revelation that his path to violent idiocy...

U.S.: The Soviet Arts Experience in Chicago

Poemless posts an overview of some of the current exhibitions taking place in Chicago as part of The Soviet Arts Experience, “a 16-month-long showcase of works by artists who created...

Estonia: A Breivik of Tallinn?

Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa draws parallels between the confused motives of Oslo killer Anders Breivik and Karen Drambjan and his failed attempt at attacking the Estonian Ministry of Defence...

Pakistan: Celebrating Independence Day

This year, on August 14, Pakistan's Independence Day was celebrated with jubilation not only in the streets but also in the blogosphere. Netizens posted about Pakistan, praying for its prosperity...

Mexico City's 1000th Gay Wedding

“Mexican national José Carlos Gómez and the Dutch Tjarda Olaf Helias became the 1000th gay couple to legally wed in Mexico City”, writes Aguachile, and adds: “I don't know about...

El Salvador: Reopening Wounds or Paving the Way for Reconciliation?

Mike in Central American Politics comments on the implications of the news of the nine former soldiers who “turned themselves into authorities one week ago. The men are wanted by...

Colombia Eliminated from FIFA U-20 World Cup

In EquinoXio [es] blogger Marsares [es] is covering [es] the U-20 Football World Cup taking place in Colombia from July 29 to August 20 with the participation of 24 countries....

Cuba: “Las Damas” – The Struggle Continues

Attacks allegedly continue against Cuba's Ladies in White.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Woman Killed, Victim of Domestic Violence

As yet another young woman becomes a victim of domestic violence, Abeni says: “A weariness fills my soul…and within my weariness is a growing despair that we are a long...

Trinidad & Tobago: Fork in the Road for England

“Just as there are two exits in Clapham Junction station, there are two paths for England. One takes us down the road of xenophobic, society-crushing finger pointing and name-calling. The...

Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica: Twitter Lit Wit

Annie Paul is impressed at the “Bolt-like capacities” with which Trinidadian netizens took on the Twitter hashtag #bookswithalettermissing. Check out her post for some real gems.

Zambia: Netizen Launches Vlog Ahead of Elections

As Zambians are getting ready for the country's September 20 tripartite elections, a Zambian political activist has decided to put across his political and socio-economic messages through videos. He shares...

Google Logos Celebrate Indian and Korean Independence Days

BuzzInTech posted about Google's celebrations of South Korean and Indian independence days on August 15 by using its special logos in their countries’ Google main search page.

Iran: 12th century book was censored

Iranian authorities decided after 900 years to censor “Khosrow and Shirin” book. “Khosrow and Shirin” depicts the love of Sassanian king Khosrow II towards an Armenian princess, Shirin. Khashak blog...

Japan: How to Unplug Your Life and Save Electricity

People in Japan have been unplugging their lives as electricity-saving measures have been implemented to cope with power shortages. The effectiveness of the measures is yet to be proven but...

Mexico: Celebrating Cantinflas’ 100th Birthday

This August, Mexico celebrates one hundred years of the birth of comedian Mario Moreno, better known as Cantinflas. Considered a comedy icon, Cantinflas made his audience reflect on the contrast...

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