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10 July 2012

Stories from 10 July 2012

Bulgaria: How to Become a Prostitute in 1888

The blog “Живот Мой” (“My Life”) published [bg] the 1888 local legislation on how to become a prostitute in the Black Sea coastal city of Varna. The bill contains the...

Bulgaria: Budget Expenses in Open Access

On July 3, the Bulgarian government voted [bg] for a national roadmap compliant with the Open Government Partnership Initiative requirements. As an integral part of this action plan, the Ministry...

Bulgaria: “I, the Bulgarian from Macedonia”

The Bulgarian news outlet Fakel published [bg] a review of a new book entitled, “I, the Bulgarian from Macedonia.” The book is described as “a terrible, breaking, disgusting story that...

Russia: Pussy Riot Members Remain in Jail

Amnesty International started a sms action campaign calling for the release of three jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot. The women — Nadezhda, Maria and Ekaterina — were...

Video: From Colombia, Versión Beta Makes a Recycled Organizer

Using two empty plastic bottles and a zipper, the Colombian Version Beta Show [es] uses a video to teach viewers how to make a storage container.

Video: Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project Helps Iraqis Waiting for Resettlement

The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project strives to help the Iraqi people who are in the legal limbo of waiting for resettlement papers. This series of videos tells the stories of...

St. Lucia: Making Music

At I and Iyanola, Nkrumah Lucien discusses Saint Lucia's rock music scene with journalist/actor/musician Jason Sifflet : “Playing rock from a Caribbean island is a trap, like playing reggae. It’s not indigenous to...

Guyana: Editorial Ethics

Ruel Johnson responds to a recent controversial Guyana Chronicle editorial which asserted that black youth in Guyana were socialised to be resentful of Indians : “First of all, editorials are the highest form of...

Brazil: Activists Support Civic Framework for Internet

Internet activists are discussing the civic framework (“marco civil”) for internet in Brazil, to be voted on National Congress today. Mega Yes Movement [pt] says the framework will establish fundamental...

Myanmar: Netizens Cheer Release of more Political Prisoners

Myanmar netizens welcomed[my] the release of more political prisoners on July 3, 2012. About 24 activists/politicians were released and some believed that it boosted the country's transition towards democracy.

Myanmar, Malaysia: Football Fans Debating about Overaged Players

Football fans from Malaysia and Myanmar are intensely debating about Myanmar's U-22 National Team which was accused of fielding overaged players in the AFC U-22 Championship Qualifiers 2013.

Myanmar : Jackie Chan Visits Orphanage

Myanmar netizens discussed[my] Jackie Chan's visit to an orphanage in Myanmar in his capacity as a UNICEF Ambassador. Some are wondering why he didn't take off his shoes in Dhamma...

Colombia: Concern About Contamination at Santa Marta Bay

José D. Pacheco M., of the blog Tras la cola de la rata, writes [es] about a study [es] and a report [pdf, es] on the contamination of the bay...

Iran: Alef, a conservative site was filtered

Alef [fa], a conservative site, was filtered.Alef belongs to Ahmad Tavakoli, a conservative MP who has criticized Iranian government's policy for several years. Several conservative sites supported [fa] Alef.

Iran: Lives of several imprisoned journalists and netizens in danger

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says lives of several imprisoned journalists and netizens are in danger in Iran.

Iran: Public wear influenced by social networking websites

A report from a state-run institute says 20 percent of women and 10 percent of men in Iran, choose their wear and public appearance due to the photos they see...

South Asia: First Pakistan-India Social Media Summit

A social media summit between Indian and Pakistani netizens titled the “Social Media Mela 2012″ will take place on the 13th and 14th of July 2012. The seats are limited...

Russia: A Great Firewall to Censor the RuNet?

The Russian language section of Wikipedia suspended service today in protest against a draft law now under review by the Russian parliament that many believe threatens the RuNet with censorship....

East Timor: Photo Report of Vote Counting in Dili

Besides providing numbers of international observers and media correspondents on site for the July 7 elections, the Technical Secretariat of Electoral Management (STAE) used its Facebook page to share photos...

Angola, China: Netizens Discuss New Development Ghost Town

The government of Angola hired a Chinese company to build 750 expensive apartments in Kalimba, about 30km outside the capital Luanda. Despite rich natural resources, many people in Angola live...

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