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11 August 2012

Stories from 11 August 2012

Tajikistan: Can Olympic Medalist Become a ‘National Symbol'?

Fans in Tajikistan continue celebrating Olympic bronze won by female boxer Mavzuna Chorieva. Blogger Harsavor suggests [ru] that the fighter might become the country's new “national symbol”.

US, Equatorial Guinea: Rebranding an African Dictator

"This is equivalent of organising a conference on free speech in North Korea - then getting Kim Jong-un to cut the ribbon." US-based human rights group, the Sullivan Foundation is...

Argentina Wins its First Gold Medal in London 2012

Argentinian Twitter users are celebrating the country's first gold medal in London 2012 after Sebastian Crismanich beat Spain's Nicolás Garcia Hamme in Taekwondo.

Venezuela: Flirtatious ‘Joropo’ of the Plains

Of the musical genres that constitute the folklore of the plains of Venezuela, the joropo has long been the most characteristic of this part of the country. This type of...

Guyana: Violence in Linden

Code Red says that “the Caribbean community has been shamefully silent” about police violence in the town of Linden.

Jamaica: Caribbean Region Rallies Behind Bolt

Jamaican bloggers - and indeed netizens from the wider Caribbean region - are continuing to celebrate the island's successes at the London Olympic Games. Unsurprisingly, Usain Bolt is at the...

Spain: Expropriation of Food for the Most Needy

Politicians and labor unionists have expropriated food from supermarkets in order to give it to the most needy in times in which Spain is experiencing a serious socioeconomic crisis. Chris...

Côte d'Ivoire: Debate Rages over University Fees

The universities of Côte d'Ivoire are getting ready to re-open their doors on September 3, 2012, bringing to an end long months of closure, controversially ordered by the Ivorian president....

Guinea: Statistics on Poverty on the Rise

Mamadou Aliou Barry wrote on the Facebook page Voice of the Guinean Youth [fr]: “According to the results of the study on poverty and inequality in Guinea from 1999 to...

Cameroon: Giordano Bruno as an Example of Intellectual Courage

In an article entitled “The real map of Africa hidden for 600 years“[fr], Jean-Paul Pougala, an author from Cameroon, writes that: “25 years ago I chose Giordano Bruno, philosopher of...

China: Dissident Prosecuted for Leaking Staged Suicide Photo

Zhu Chengzhi, a 62 year-old dissident who leaked a photo of Li Wangyang's staged suicide is being prosecuted for state sedition.

Bulgaria: Thousands of Trial Records Go Open

The Bulgarian section of the Open Knowledge Foundation announced [bg] the release of 580,049 court decisions and 607,656 additional documents, including motives. Although all those are already publicly accessible in...

Russia: Pussy Riot's Closing Statement

The blog Chtodelat publishes an English translation of the closing statements of one of the defendants in the Pussy Riot trial. Three of the punk group members are charged with...

Bangladesh: Ugly and Deadly Billboards in Dhaka

Dhaka skylines are covered with commercial billboards. These not only block the view of the sky but during string winds and storms they are prone to collapse and harm pedestrians....

Cyprus: Remembering ‘Operation Atilla’ Across Borders

On the 38th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus - Operation Atilla - netizens from Cyprus, Greece and Turkey comment on what they see as either a day to...

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