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16 August 2011

Stories from 16 August 2011

Singapore: Foreign Maids are Happy?

  16 August 2011

Yawning Bread posts some questions to the survey conducted by Singapore's Ministry of Manpower about the situation of foreign maids and workers in the city. The survey showed that most maids are happy working in Singapore.

Vanuatu: Concern on Media Independence

  16 August 2011

The Pacific Freedom Forum released a statement expressing concern about the reported visit of a politician in a state-owned media station in Vanuatu demanding the censorship about his arrest on the eve of Vanuatu Independence day celebrations

Vietnam: Blogger Pham Minh Hoang Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

  16 August 2011

On August 10, 2011, Pham Minh Hoang, a math teacher and political blogger, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison and an additional 3 years of house arrest; he was charged with “attempt to overthrow the [vietnamese] goverment”  reports Reporters Without Borders [fr].  Hoang, who  has been in pre-trial...

The ‘New Latin America’ Faces its Past

  16 August 2011

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs Blog is posting a series “that will explore the concept of the New Latin America by focusing on recent developments that highlight how the region contrasts with its past.” So far COHA research associates have written about the Dos Erres trial in Guatemala, Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and Simón...

Peru: New Bills for a New Congress

  16 August 2011

Miguel Morachimo in Blawyer [es] comments on two bills currently being discussed by Peru's new Congress. One is “another attempt to change the Penal Code to establish the dissemination of private conversations through the media as a crime”, and the other seeks to create a “Computer crime law” which adds...

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Ecuador: President Correa's Tumultuous Relationship With the Media

  16 August 2011

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa recently won a libel case against newspaper El Universo, for an article in which journalist Emilio Palacio gives an account of Correa's actions during the September 30, 2010 police uprising. The ruling has caused a greater breach between Correa and the press, raising concerns about freedom of expression in Ecuador.

Trinidad & Tobago: Tweeting for Anya

  16 August 2011

“trinidadian beauty queen turned superstar designer anya ayoung-chee is mashing up the competition and she needs our support”: inkblot*photography is drumming up online support for Trinidad and Tobago's hopeful in Season 9 of the fashion reality show, Project Runway.

Trinidad & Tobago: Meet Morvant

  16 August 2011

“As a true-blue, third-generation Morvant denizen, I realize that most people know not of the Morvant of which they speak”: Outlish fills us in about life in this Port of Spain suburb, which is all too often stigmatized.

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Iran: Blogger Freed After 25-Day Hunger Strike

Dr. Mehdi Khazali, a blogger, publisher and son of a leading conservative cleric and former Council of Guardians member, Ayatollah Khazali, was released on bail from prison on Sunday after a 25-day hunger strike. The blogger has raised his voice against the Iranian government for the last two years.

Cuba: Everyday Violence

  16 August 2011

“We are a society where a blow and a scream have replaced words, let’s admit it and begin to look for solutions for it”: Generation Y blogs about “violence not reflected in the official media.”

Jamaica: No Love for Gays?

  16 August 2011

“The situation in Jamaica concerning the status and well-being of its homosexual citizens continues to evolve in a one step forward-two steps backward manner”: Active Voice explains.

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Malawi: Confusion and Uncertainty Over August 17 Vigil

  16 August 2011

With hours to go before August 17, the day set aside for follow-up nation-wide demonstrations in Malawi, a cloud of uncertainty hovers over the country. One team has announced a postponement, another team has indicated they are going ahead. Online reactions range from relief to frustration, confusion to defiance.

Africa: The Looting of African Fishery Resources

  16 August 2011

The first chapter of the Greenpeace project SOS Oceans is entitled: “How Africa feeds Europe “. The website introduce the project with the following statement [fr] :  “After depleting the reserves of fishes in their own waters, European fish boats are now on the move to target other oceans to fish in.”

Russia: New Legislation to Allow “Creative Commons” License

RuNet Echo  16 August 2011

Russian Communication Ministry submitted  to President Medvedev a project for legislation update that would allow using “Creative Commons” (CC) copyright license in Russia, newspaper Vedomosti reports [ru]. The project is a follow-up to a meeting between Medvedev and leaders of Russian Internet community [en] where the president promised to support...

Senegal: Mayor Becomes the Oldest Elementary School Graduate

  16 August 2011

Assane Diallo celebrates the uncommon achievement of the mayor of Tambacounda in Senegal : ” Among the  2 233 candidates for the Year End Elementary School  Diploma  was the mayor of Tambacounda, Mr Oury Bâ. The 67-year-old elected official successfully earned his first diploma, a testimony to perseverance and the value  he gives to education....

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