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5 December 2012

Stories from 5 December 2012

Iran: Jailed Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Ends Hunger Strike After 49 Days

The Iranian blogosphere is filled with joy as lawyer and prisoner of conscience Nasrin Sotoudeh has reportedly ended her hunger strike after 49 days.

“The Slovenian Uprising”

Sleeping With Pengovsky comments on Slovenia's presidential election (GV text is here) and on the protest movement – “which appears to be totally decentralised and operating via Facebook”: […] At...

“Romania’s Non-Election”

Romania's general election is scheduled to take place on Dec. 9. Bucharest Life notes that “this has been the most lacklustre Romanian election campaign since 1990″ and that “it’s not...

Summarizing English-Language Coverage on Macedonia

Expat blogger Rainier Jaarsma provides periodical roundups of the English-language coverage of events in Macedonia. The latest one regards this past November.

Mauritania: Commemorating Inal's Massacre against Black Soldiers

The 28th of November should have been a happy day for Mauritanians as it marks the country's independence from France. However, it also brings back sad and bloody memories, since...

Italy: Governement and Immigration – plenty of words, less action

According to Stefano Femminis (popoli.info [it]), the current Monti government has shown more talk than actual action in regard to immigration, and the followings are emphasised [it]: The situation remains...

Activists Reject Southeast Asia’s Human Rights Declaration

More than 50 human rights groups in Southeast Asia issued a statement criticizing the recent signing of a Human Rights Declaration drafted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The...

Breastfeeding in Public in Lima, Peru

How do mothers from Lima [Peru] breastfeed in public? Are there breastfeeding areas in malls? Are we protected by law? These are some of my questions as I write, but...

Winning Applications from Latin America's Biggest Hackathon

Desarrollando America Latina, a kind of World Cup for hackers in Latin America, took place this weekend in 8 countries in South and Central America. When technologists get in the...

Myanmar's Foreign Investment Law

altsean uploads the English translation of the full text of Myanmar's Foreign Investment Law which was approved by the government last month. The law which provides tax breaks, land leasing...

Traditional Weddings in Brunei

Haji Daud bin Haji Abd Rahman writes about the traditional wedding customs and practices in Brunei. He also features some wedding photos in the 1950s and 1960s.

Body Types : Cold, heat and dampness

Cuba: Democracy Advocate Rodiles Released; Blogger Diversent Remains Detained

Antonio Rodiles, curator of the independent scholarly forum Estado de SATS, was released in Havana last Wednesday after enduring over three weeks of detention. Rodiles was arrested on November 7,...

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