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2 May 2012

Stories from 2 May 2012

Indonesia: Should Mosques Lower Prayer Volume?

Mosques in Indonesia use loudspeakers to broadcast “adzan” five times a day reminding people to pray. Recently, the country's Vice President urged mosques to lower the prayer call volume in...

Honduras: “Too much violence to keep track of”

Panama Commemorates May 1 with Protests and Work

In Panama, the public holiday of Labour Day which falls on May 1 was moved to April 30 in order to give workers a long weekend. However, various labour unions...

Global Voices Podcast: Food for Thought, Food to Eat

In this edition we explore the latest work and events in the Global Voices community. We also speak with some friends about the cross cultural elements of our lives, with...

Egypt: Eyewitness Account of Abbassiya Clashes

Eleven people were killed and more than 160 injured near Egypt's Ministry of Defence on May 2 after protesters demanding an end to military rule were attacked by armed men....

Georgia: Face Control

Trinidad & Tobago: Education Situation

Sierra Leone: Reflections on Charles Taylor and Justice

Ghana: BlogCamp Ghana 2012

Kenya: State of Software and Intellectual Property Law in Kenya

Palestine: Mass Hunger Strike by Prisoners

Palestinian prisoners began an open ended hunger strike on April 17 to protest the conditions within Israeli prisons. What had started earlier as a protest by a few has now...

Ethiopia: Netizens Thrilled with PEN Award for Dissident Blogger and Journalist

Ethiopians are celebrating online after the jailed Ethiopian dissident blogger and journalist Eskinder Nega won the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award for his defence of freedom of expression in...

Cuba: Bloggers Offended by Archbishop's Statements

As if the Archbishop of Havana hadn't sufficiently ruffled bloggers' feathers over the recent papal visit to Cuba - specifically his request to have protesters removed from a church and...

United States: Occupy Wall Street Returns

Many people were questioning Occupy Wall Street's future after the eviction from Zuccotti Park. However, according to the occupiers themselves, the movement never disappeared and they are now determined to...

Hong Kong: Evangelists Accuse Lady Gaga of Leading Youth Astray

American singer and songwriter Lady Gaga is currently touring Asia with her 'Born This Way Ball'. On the eve of her first concert in Hong Kong, an evangelist group's campaign...

Mexico: Blogger Starts Open Letter Initiative to Address Presidential Candidates

Mali: 22 killed as Fighting Continues between Military Junta and Loyalists

Africa: Calls for Transparency Over Marked Increase in Land Deals

Almost 5% of Africa's agricultural land has been bought or leased by investors since 2000. Observers are increasingly worried about the fact that such land deals usually take place in...

Armenia: Backhanded Victory for Environmental Activists

Just days before Armenia's crucial parliamentary elections, environmental activists have scored yet another victory in their campaign to save one of the last remaining green spaces in the country's capital,...

Lebanon: Demotivational Humour on Facebook

Recently a number of Facebook pages have been started about specifically Lebanese memes. In this post Global Voices interviews the creator of a page called “Demotivational Lebanon”.

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