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26 October 2011

Stories from 26 October 2011

Yemen: Yemeni Women Burn their Veils

Yemeni women burnt their veils and head scarves today as a sign of protest to condemn the regime's brutality and violence, which has killed around 25 people overnight in Sanaa...

Guatemala: Photo Essay Tells Story of Staunch Anti-Mining Activist

Photojournalist James Rodríguez has published a photo essay on the conflict around the Canadian-owned Marlin gold mine. He highlights the bravery and persistence of anti-mining activist Diodora Hernandez, who “was...

Iran: “Jailed blogger lost a kidney”

According to several web sites and blogs, Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Malki, lost a kidney due to deliberate medical neglect in prison. The blogger is serving a 15 year prison...

Russia: Author of “the Barracks Blog” De-Anonymized, Allegedly Threatened

Vasiliy (@sosigusyan [ru]), military conscript and the author of “the Barracks Blog,” a Twitter-account telling about the life in the army (see transcripts of his tweets here [ru] and here...

Russia: Site of Political Phone Pranks Launched

politicprank.ru, website dedicated to the phone pranks with politicians has launched on October 26, 2011. The first prank [ru] has been conducted allegedly with the head of the security of...

Mauritius: Tikoulou, Children’s Literature Success Story

Christophe Cassiau-Haurie writes about  the sucess story of Tikoulou, a collection of books for children published in Mauritius, which has captivated  4 to 9-year old  Mauritian children since 1998.  Tikoulou...

Egypt: Revolution Call Renewed After Khaled Said Murder Trial Verdict

Two police officers have been sentenced to seven years in prison for the assault that led to the death of Khaled Said, the young man whose murder in Alexandria has...

Discovering Paris from a Guinean Perspective

Guinean blogger @limsow who recently moved to Paris for an internship, describes [fr] a less-hostile capital than expected on Guinée Plurielle: “I already know how to take the RER (the...

Russia: Hacked Mailbox of Anti-Corruption Blogger Published Online

Private mailbox allegedly belonging to Alexey Navalny, famous anti-corruption blogger, has been hacked and published at navalnymail.kz by an attacker nicknamed onenavnav [ru]. Navalny hasn't confirmed the authenticity of the leaked e-mails yet....

Syria: Blogger Hussein Gharir “Missing”

Prominent Syrian blogger and activist Hussein Gharir, has been missing since yesterday and is presumed to have been arrested by Syrian authorities. A #FreeHussein campaign has been launched on Twitter...

“Law Without Borders” Between Brazil, Angola and Portugal

Brazilian lawyer and researcher Vanessa Bueno, based in Portugal, launched the blog O Direito Sem Fronteiras (Law Without Borders) [pt] where she gives tips and writes reviews about legal issues,...

Slovenia: Projections for Parliamentary Elections

Sleeping with Pengovsky analyses opinion polls for the upcoming December 4 parliamentary elections in Slovenia.

Ukraine: Petroleum Sets Fire to Party of Regions Tactics

LEvko of Foreign Notes writes about a rising scandal in Ukraine, where the governing Party of Regions allegedly used a petroleum trade scam to finance the party during election campaigns.

Ukraine: Turning into a European Pariah?

Jonathan Hibberd of Chicken in Kiev addresses how Ukrainian politicians are increasingly becoming a pariah in the European Union, following the verdict of opposition leader Yulia Timoshenko.

Sri Lanka: Hunger Strike Of Fishermen Families

National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) blog informs that members of nine Sri Lankan fishing families from Kalpity have started a hunger strike demanding release of their loved ones from Andaman...

Armenia: Earthquake in Turkey felt in Yerevan

On Sunday, the earthquake that struck Van, a city in South Eastern Turkey, was felt in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, and other parts of the small South Caucasus country. Onnik...

Sri Lanka: Incorporating an Entity

Lawyer and blogger Radhi De Silva describes the steps to incorporate a legal entity in Sri Lanka.

Myanmar: Local Politician Allows Opium Production

The Palaung Women’s Organization reports that an elected official in the Palaung region of Shan State North in Myanmar has allowed the cultivation of opium in the area which generated...

Myanmar: Video of Dissident Comedian Blogger Zarganar

Reporters Without Borders posted a video interview with the dissident comedian and blogger Zarganar from Myanmar who was released from jail early this month. Zarganar discussed media freedom and the...

Armenia: Pizza Paradox

Cilicia.com recounts a recent experience of dining out at a Pizza restaurant in Central Yerevan. Sitting on the roof terrace of Diamond Pizza the group of ethnic Armenians from the...

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