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31 July 2012

Stories from 31 July 2012

Costa Rica: Video Love Note Gets Vice-Minister Dismissed

The Costa Rican Vice-Minister of Youth Karina Bolaños was removed from her post by the Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla after a video showing an underwear clad vice minister sending...

Russia: Anti-Church Activist Flees Under Psychiatric Incarceration Threat

A blogger and leader of the Youth Human Rights Group in Karelia, has fled Russia to Poland after months of interrogations by prosecutors that included threats of detention in a...

Iran: Pro-Ahmadinejad Blogger Jailed

"What a world and judiciary we have, Ahmad was arrested just for writing and supporting his country's president" - Ahmad Shariat is behind bars. Other pro-Ahmadinejad bloggers have also been...

Trinidad & Tobago: Hoping for Medals

The MEP Blog takes a look at the country's past Olympic greats and 2012 medal hopefuls.

Guyana: Olympic Dreams

Guyana-Gyal explains how the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London “remind[ed] [her] to stay true to [her] dreams, no matter how mad they might sound to them people...

Ecuador: Sarayaku.org, Blogging from the Amazon

José Santi, 27, is one of the administrators of the blog Sarayaku.org. The blog contains information about the Sarayaku people, who live in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and their fight against...

Spain: Fighting Catalonia's Wild Fires

The terrifying fires that continue to devastate the Catalan comarca of Alt Empordà have given way to the citizens' initiative #1Català1Arbre, launched on Twitter by Oriol Puig. The goal is...

Guyana: Linden Protests

Imran Khan explores the roots of the Linden Protests and concludes that the recent electricity rate hike is merely the latest in a long series of “economic and social hardships”...

St. Lucia: The Power of Words

David Cave writes a tribute to his mentor, the Saint Lucia poet Kendel Hippolyte: “Indeed, Kendel showed me first hand that there is real power in words.  Words evoke emotions,...

China: Bizarre Power Triangle – Sina, the Government and Netizens

Ever since the advent of Internet in China, the Chinese government has either tried to embrace it or control it. The upsurge of social media in the country has introduced...

Tanzania: ‘Don't Drown’ SMS-Based Maritime Early Warning System

"Tanzania has few if any rivals for numbers of boat deaths over the last couple of decades," says the founder of Usizame, Rachel Hamada. Usizame is a free SMS-based ferry...

Latin America: Is 2012 the ‘Year of the Woman” at the Olympics?

The Americas Quarterly blog points out that although there is still a lot to do to end gender discrimination at the Olympics, “for the first time in history, every country...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Rwanda Accused in North Kivu Violence

Since April 2012, North Kivu province in the eastern Congo has been destabilised by the March 23 movement (M23), comprised of fighters from the Tutsi-led National Congress for the Defence...

Angola: Citizens Demand Transparent Electoral Campaign

Angola's civil society is urging more transparency [pt] on the preparation of the coming general elections scheduled for August 31, 2012. One of the initiatives recently launched is an online...

Argentina: Citizens Mobilize for Guide Dog Law

Blind and visually impaired people in Argentina are facing difficulties in accessing public spaces accompanied by a guide dog. Maximiliano Marc and other citizens have resorted to the web to...

Tanzania: Newspaper Shut Down by Government

On 30 July, the government of Tanzania banned indefinitely a popular weekly investigative newspaper called Mwanahalisi. Tanzanians received the news with great astonishment, although the same newspaper was previously banned...

Tunisia: The Plight of Palestinians in Iraq

Tunisian blogger Nawel Abdullah posts an interview [ar] she conducted with the founder of The Australian Society for the Palestinian-Iraqi Refugee Emergency Yousef Alreemawi, who speaks to her about the...

Lebanon: ‘AlloFail’ Campaign Lobbies for Better Mobile Services

AlloFail is an initiative to improve the quality of mobile products and services in Lebanon which according to many, leaves much to be desired. See how a group of netizens...

Guatemala: Mining Community Organizes Peoples’ Health Tribunal

For years, the community of San Miguel Ixtahuacán in Guatemala has been denouncing the negative consequences of Goldcorp's Marlin gold mine. On July 14 and 15, members of the community...

Togo: Preacher Transports 4.2 kg of Cocaine Hidden in Lollipops to Build Church

Togolese Preacher Woegna Yao Koufoualesse was caught at the Accra International Airport with  4.2 kg of Cocaine in a flight from Sao Paulo,  Afrique Infos reports [fr]. The drugs were hidden...

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