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16 August 2011

Stories from 16 August 2011

Indonesia: Villagers Threaten to Raise Malaysian Flag

Villagers in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan have threatened to raise the flag of Malaysia during the Indonesia's Independence Day celebration to protest the lack of economic and social...

Singapore: Foreign Maids are Happy?

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...

Malaysia: Voter Registration Details

reg2vote is a website developed by concerned citizens of Malaysia to give information on voter registration events throughout the country.

Vanuatu: Concern on Media Independence

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...

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

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...

The ‘New Latin America’ Faces its Past

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...

Guatemala: Memoir Captures Complicated Adoption Process

Steven Roll in Travelojos reviews Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir by Jessica O’Dwyer, a book about “the long and grueling adoption process she and her husband suffered through in Guatemala”.

Peru: New Bills for a New Congress

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...

India: RTI and Wildlife Activist Killed in Broad Daylight

Indian Right To Information activist and NGO worker Shehla Masood (39) was shot dead in front of her residence in Bhopal on Tuesday morning. She was also known for campaigning...

Ecuador: President Correa's Tumultuous Relationship With the Media

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...

India, US: Stories Of Adoption From India

Lassi With Lavina shares some stories of parents who have adopted children from India. The post also contains some tips and a list of procedures on how to adopt a...

Puerto Rico: Blogging & Ethics

Gil the Jenius grades himself on his blogger ethics.

Trinidad & Tobago: Tweeting for Anya

“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...

Trinidad & Tobago: Meet Morvant

“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...

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...

Cuba: Everyday Violence

“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...

Jamaica: No Love for Gays?

“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.

Malawi: Confusion and Uncertainty Over August 17 Vigil

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...

Africa: The Looting of African Fishery Resources

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...

Russia: New Legislation to Allow “Creative Commons” License

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...

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