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8 September 2011

Stories from 8 September 2011

Cambodia: State of Human Rights

The latest report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia is now online. The report expressed concern about the violations on the “freedom of expression...

East Timor urged not to borrow

Debt-free East Timor must resist the urge to borrow and avoid the curse of other developing nations whose huge foreign loans have stunted progress. This was the message of 117...

Cambodia: SMS versus Malaria

Mobiledia reports how Cambodian health workers use mobile phone texting to fight Malaria.

Morocco: The Twitter Opposition Party

On Monday, the Moroccan government launched a campaign to showcase its "achievements" since attaining power. A website was created to spearhead the campaign which comes only two months before a...

Honduras: Video ‘Paradise in Peril’ Documents Destruction of Río Platano Biosphere Reserve

Aaron Ortiz and La Gringa's Blogcito share “Paradise in Peril” by Skyship Films, a video “about the destruction being done in the ‘protected’ Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve,” as ‘La Gringa’...

Bolivia: Interview With Blogger Hugo Miranda

Daniel Calbimonte interviewed [es] blogger Hugo Miranda of Angel Caído [es]. In the interview Hugo explains what it means to be a Community Manager, lists his favorite blogs, discusses the...

Mexico: The Importance of Literacy

Ismael Flores at Vivir México [es] blogs about the importance of literacy. He provides some historical background and looks at current challenges related to literacy in Mexico.

Brazil: Does Crime Pay? The Truth About Reclusion Benefits

The Brazilian government’s initiative to offer a benefit to prisoners’ family members and dependents has sparked the debate in online citizen media because of a propaganda email chain against the...

Panama: Twitter Users Spark Protests Against the Government

Hundreds of Panamanians joined in agreement on Twitter to honk their horns and bang pots and pans as a means of protesting the current government. This is not the first...

Cambodia: ‘Avatar’ Rally to Protect Country’s Forest

Prey Lang, the largest lowland forest in Cambodia and home of more than 200,000 indigenous peoples, is threatened by the plan of the government to transform the area into plantations...

Zimbabwe: Deluge of Online Reactions to Latest WikiLeaks

Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks cables are raising an online storm among Zimbabwe’s netizens. The latest release, among other things, quotes the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor saying Mugabe will die of...

Russia: President's Office Orders Blog Campaign to Neutralize 2012 APEC Summit Criticisms

Russian president's office administration had published a grant proposal for a blog campaign worth of 3 mln roubles (about 100,000 US dollars) to support the organization of 2012 APEC Summit in...

Russia: Crowdsourced Map of Electoral Violations Launched

Electoral monitoring association “Golos” together with gazeta.ru had launched Kartanarusheniy.ru, a crowdsourced mechanism for collecting user data on electoral violations. Ushahidi-like map (although developed on a different software) allows users...

Bahrain: Medical Staff Released After Hunger Strike

Bahrain yesterday released doctors and medical personnel who have been behind bars since March 2011, after increased international condemnation and a series of hunger strikes by supporters inside and outside...

Burundi: The Challenges of Making a Living from Farming

Lwesso writes [fr] :” It is difficult nowadays to find people who can make a living from farming in Burundi. Farmers often lack the necessary capital to run their businesses...

Madagascar: Singles, Beware of Bloggers !

Andriamihaja, a young blogger from Toliara (a city in southern Madagascar) lists  ten reasons not to date a blogger. [fr] One of the reasons is: “the rare times they will...

9/11 Retrospective: The Birth of a Generation

Ten years have passed since the coordinated 9/11 attacks on the USA by al-Qaeda, an event that changed the world in many ways. All this is discussed through short videos...

Israel: Stop Motion Inside Stop Motion

Eran Amir produced a stop motion video showing 500 people around Israel holding up more than 1500 developed pictures. You'll have to see it twice, once to focus on the...

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