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7 August 2012

Stories from 7 August 2012

Sri Lanka: Buddhist Priest Robs Statue From Hindu Temple

D. B. S. Jeyaraj informs that a mob led by a Buddhist Priest had forcefully taken away a statue of Pillaiyar, the Elephant faced deity, from a Hindu temple in...

Nepal: Gaijatra Gay Pride Festival In Pokhara

Lex Limbu posts photos of the 3rd International Gaijatra Gay Pride Festival, which took place in the lake city of Pokhara on Friday, 3rd of August, 2012.

Pakistan: A Tribute To Mango

Owais Mughal at Light Within posts a tribute to Mango, which is the national fruit of Pakistan.

D. R. of Congo: M23 Rebels Take Their Offensive Online

The M23 movement has made headlines by entering into open conflict with the Congolese army. But the rebel group is not stopping at armed conflicts on the ground - they...

Puerto Rico: Javier Culson Wins Historic Bronze Medal

The athlete Javier Culson won Puerto Rico's first ever medal in athletics. This medal takes the count to 7 medals in the country's history: 5 bronze and 1 silver in...

Tunisia: Activist Lina Ben Mhenni Attacked by Police

When Tunisian activist and blogger Ben Mhenni attended a pacifist sit-in to protest against the Ennahda-led government in the capital Tunis on August 5, 2012, the last thing she expected...

Spain: ‘I Won't Pay’ Campaign Hits Catalan Highways

A wave of protests against rising tolls on Spanish highways reached its five-month mark last week, when a clash between motorists and private authorities motivated a company that oversees more...

Cyprus: First Ever Olympic Medal at London 2012

The London 2012 Olympics will be a landmark in Cyprus’ sport history. Twenty-two year old Pavlos Kontides, who is from Limassol, Cyprus, became the country's first ever Olympic medalist. Kontides won...

Macedonia: Devastation of Skopje Aqueduct Continues

On Facebook and on her blog, archeologist Vasilka Dimitrovska shared recent photos by Toni Mandzukovski, raising the alarm about the continuous destruction of the ancient Skopje Aqueduct, neglected by the...

Cuba: Food Measures

“General Raúl Castro acknowledges that beans are more important than canons”: Iván García explains why “food is a matter of national security.”

Colombia: Journalists and Citizens Tracking Corruption

Monitor de Corrupción [es] (“Corruption Monitor”) is a crowdsourcing platform which aims to “expose areas of corruption in Colombia, where misuse of funds, bribery and fraud are common,” Lindsay Kalter...

Qatar: Student Activism “for Cafeterias and Covered Car Parks”

Universities are renowned for being the epicenter of student activism. Qatari Esraa Al Meftah talks about how Qatari university students' only form of activism is in asking for "opening cafeterias...

Saudi Arabia: Ramadan Iftar to Say ‘No to Sectarianism’

A group of Saudi men decided to rise above sectarianism and held an Iftar which brought together members of the Sunni and Shia communities. The Riyadh event, held under the...

Egypt: Morsi's Wrong Colour Tie

Zeinonia, at Egyptian Chronicles, picks on the choice of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi's tie and smile, as he mourned Egyptian officers and soldiers killed in Sinai.

France: The Currency Taboo Deciphered

In the latest [fr] podcast episode “Monnaie Libre,” dedicated to deciphering monetary systems, French bloggers Galuel and Jean-Baptiste B. discuss the reasons why currency is taboo among economists. They also...

Egypt: Ahmed Shafik Denies UAE Appointment on Twitter

Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik has resorted to Twitter to react to what he described as "rumours" about his appointment as an adviser to the President of the United...

Philippines: Floods Hit Metro Manila and Nearby Provinces

Strong rains caused huge floods in many parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Luzon Island of the Philippines. Manila-based Global Voices editor Mong Palatino gathers photos from...

UK: Taking on ‘Brandalism’

The collectively maintained website Brandalism presents an ever-growing collection of street art. The project is inspired “from the Dadaists, Situationists and Street Art movements” and its goal is to “see...

Bangladesh: Citizenship Rights for Myanmar's Rohingya?

Myanmar's Rohingya are stateless, not wanted by any country. The Rakhine Nationalities Development Party in Myanmar is calling for the segregation of Rohingya Muslims from ethnic Arakanese and the Bangladesh...

Mauritania: Head of Supreme Court Rejects His Dismissal

Mauritania has been witnessing a wave of mounting protests calling for the toppling of the military regime. According to the opposition [ar], the military rule is against the existence of...

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