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25 August 2011

Stories from 25 August 2011

Trinidad and Tobago: State of Emergency, Day 4

With a national state of emergency — declared by the government to combat rising crime — now in its fourth day, bloggers and other social media users in Trinidad and...

India: Corruption In Indian Railways

Swetha Bommerla at Youth Ki Awaaz writes about the corruption in Indian Railways regarding reservation of seats and selling of tickets.

Pakistan: Education, The Last Hope

As the socio-political crisis in Pakistan gets out of hand, emphasis on education is being stressed by civil society. This push mainly is due to the hope that maybe, just...

Colombia: ‘Blank Vote, Worthy Vote’

Colombians are invited to cast blank ballots in the regional and local elections to be held on October 30, 2011 through the video “Blank vote, worthy vote” by NachoVelezJim on...

Uruguay Celebrates Independence Day

Today, August 25, Uruguay is celebrating 186 years of its declaration of independence. Federico Lorenzo shares [es] today's Google doodle on the search engine's Uruguayan version, and comments on the...

Bahamas: Riding Out Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene, the first of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, continues to move through the Bahamas, bloggers have been sharing their experiences. Netizens reported very strong winds, extensive damage...

Peru: Ripley Department Store Workers Maintain Demands

Ripley Peru union workers have announced that they will not give up their demands [es] for an increase in the basic monthly salary to 350 nuevos soles [es] (around US...

Colombia: Football Federation Accepts ‘Bolillo’ Gómez's Resignation as Head Coach

On Sunday, August 21, Hernán Darío Gómez ratified his resignation as head coach of the Colombian national soccer team after he hit a woman in Bogotá. This time the Colombian...

Guyana: Whole Lotta Love

When her mother falls ill, Guyana-Gyal discovers “the scary side of loving”.

Somalia: Food Security Emergency Spreads Despite Aid

As the Horn of Africa deals with what the Food and Agriculture Organization is calling the “most severe food security emergency in the world today,” experts warn that conditions in...

China: Three Public Expenditures and State Secrets

In China, the term, "three public expenditures" or san gong jingfei, refers to government expenses for overseas trips, food and entertainment and public vehicles. The three expenditures have been considered...

Russia: Court Rules Out to Block An Undisclosed LiveJournal Account

Samara city court had ordered a local ISP to block an undisclosed blog at LiveJournal platform that ‘incites hatred towards an ethnic and social (professional) group,’ the website of Samara...

Iran: “Islamic Awakening” or NATO Victory in Libya?

Iranian citizens continue to follow recent developments in Libya with great interest, and are flooding cyberspace with comments, posts and tweets.

Kazakhstan: Controversy Over State Language Promotion

In early August 2011, the Ministry of Culture of Kazakhstan developed a draft law to introduce some amendments into the state's language policy. It was quickly labeled by many observers...

Afghanistan: Afghan Youth Voices Multimedia Festival

In Afghanistan, Internews network is ramping up their efforts to train and motivate Afghan youth to share their perspective on issues that matter to them for the Afghan Youth Voices...

Georgia: Social Media Used by Presidential Election Candidate in Breakaway Region

Three candidates are competing this week for the presidency in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia recognized only by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, and Vanuatu. Despite being the oldest candidate,...

Mexico: Outrage After Shooting During Football Match in Torreón

Mexican citizens use the blogosphere and social networks to speak out about the armed conflict that took in Torreón (outside the Territorio Santos Modelo stadium), which caused panic and uncertainty...

Ukraine: “Independence Day #20″

Odessablog wishes a happy Independence Day to Ukrainian readers: “Be assured that despite the wandering path taken thus far and all the mis-steps, Ukraine is doing OK. It is not...

Ukraine: Yulia Tymoshenko's Case

At OpenDemocracy.net, Valery Kalnysh explains in detail the case against Ukraine's former PM Yulia Tymoshenko.

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