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2 September 2011

Stories from 2 September 2011

Macedonia: Authorities Keep Ignoring Protesters’ Demands

The legislative and executive branches of the Macedonian government continue to ignore the demands of protesters against police brutality, but those who have participated in the protests during the past...

Iran: Smile, the Regime is Reading Your Emails

A growing number of Iranian bloggers have expressed their anxieties after learning that their Gmail inboxes may have been an open book for the Iranian state to read and target...

China: Guangdong Model Making a Comeback?

Back in July this year, the two ‘cake theories’ articulated by the Communist Party of China (CPC) chiefs of Guangdong province and the Chongqing municipality stirred a public debate about...

Zimbabwe: Changing Young Lives Through Theatre

Boyce Chaka is a 27 year-old poet and stage actor in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. Since last year, he has been investing his time towards teaching high school kids...

Honduras: Artists and Intellectuals Sign Declaration on Violence in Bajo Aguán

Honduran artists and intellectuals have come together to sign a statement on the violence taking place in Bajo Aguán. Adrienne Pine translated the declaration into English. You can also read...

Iran: Protect Iranian Users

Protect Iranian Users is a campaign to raise awareness of Iranian netizents dangerous situation especially after Diginotar scandal. Read more here.

Venezuela: Judge Lifts Ban on Weekly ‘6to Poder’

“A judge in Caracas, Venezuela, lifted an injunction against the weekly 6to Poder prohibiting its publication and distribution […] The publication had been closed since Aug. 20 after publishing a photo...

Madagascar: Wikileaks Cables Reveal Foreign Diplomatic Divergence after Coup

Sam Ganegie analyzes the dozens of newly published wikileaks cables related to Madagascar. He notes that the former mediator of the Madagascar crisis Mr Chissano believed that France unilateral support for the...

South Korea: Police Detained Dozens of Activists and Villagers in Jeju Island

Police have detained about three dozen activists and villagers who have been protesting against the construction of a naval base at the scenic Jeju island on September 1, 2011. Twitter...

Malaysia: Video salutes Generation 709

Following the formation of Generation 709 by young Malaysians to call for free and fair elections in the country, the Cantonese-speaking Malaysian music group EVYbody has created a video (with...

Blog Carnival: Mexico – Is There a Solution to This Violence?

Our final summary of the 'Blog Carnival: Mexico - Citizenry, Violence and Blogs', focuses on what bloggers think about the solutions the government and citizens are presenting to try to...

Lebanon: Saad-eddine Al-Hariri the Cab Driver

Salman Andary interviews (Ar) Mr. Saad-eddine Al-Hariri in Beirut! But this interview is with Mr. Saad-eddine Al-Hariri the cab driver and not the ex-prime minister of Lebanon (who is known as Saad Hariri and who has not...

Lebanon: “Live For The Moment” Attitude?

“The only thing that came to my mind is how can we be labelled as people who live for the moment, while at the age of 22-23, the young Lebanese...

Sing Out from Japan

Musicians from the earthquake-hit areas united and gave life to a project called Sing Out From Japan [en,ja]. They have released two songs so far: Let's go home/lawblow and One...

Myanmar: Human Rights Report

Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, released a statement which recognizes the positive steps taken by the government to improve the human...

Myanmar: Monitoring of Parliament Sessions

Altsean-Burma releases a summary of what transpired in the parliament sessions of Myanmar which resumed this month. The report cites the questions, issues, and proposals raised by Parliament members.

Thailand: Lese Majeste Trial of Webmaster

CJ Hinke of the Freedom Against Censorship Thailand or FACT writes about the resumption of the Lese Majeste trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, webmaster of Thailand’s independent news website Prachatai.

Myanmar Train Crash

Blogger Htootayzar posts pictures and videos of a train crash which took place near Hledan in Myanmar.

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