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7 May 2013

Stories from 7 May 2013

Crowdsourcing a Fair Election in Bulgaria

In less than five days, on May 12, Bulgarian citizens will elect a new parliament. There are doubts, however, about the fairness of the upcoming vote. To help monitor the...

Gas Tanker Explosion in Mexico Leaves at Least 19 Dead

The alleged accidental explosion of a gas tanker caused the death of at least 19 people in the Greater Mexico City.

US Invitation to Sudanese Official Draws Wide Condemnation

The United States government faced a wave of criticism when news surfaced about an official invitation it has extended to a senior delegation of the Sudanese government, particularly including Nafie...

Yemen: Open Letter to Obama

Yemeni blogger Noon Arabia writes an open letter to US President Barak Obama in which she says: All Yemenis are against terrorism and condemn Al-Qaeda, yet are also against the...

Remembering Dennis Kimambo

We're sad to report the untimely death of Dennis Kimambo from the Rising Voices grantee project REPACTED in Nakuru, Kenya. Close friend and colleague Janet Feldman writes this tribute to...

Spanish Aristocrat is Link Between North Korea and the World

Alejandro Cao de Benós, from Spain, is a foreign spokesperson for the North Korean regime. He has been very busy recently as, being the only foreigner with official permission to...

The Team Tanzania TV Drama Series

The Team Tanzania is a TV drama series about: […] Ms. Wito, a dynamic civics teacher, who turns the world of 3 teenagers upside down when she challenges them with...

Congolese-Italian Woman Joins Italy's Cabinet

The nomination of Cecile Kyenge, an Italian professor of medicine originally from the DRC, to the position of Integration Minister in the new Italian government, was applauded by commentators on...

Photos of Modern-Day El Salvador

These are not pictures for tourism purposes — these are pictures to educate and illustrate issues facing modern day El Salvador. Tim's El Salvador Blog links to a collection of...

Dar Sketches: Art for Sustainable Development

Dar Sketches is part of the Street Level project in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania initiated by artist and illustrator Sarah Markes: It is a celebration of the cultural and architectural...

Wiretapping Scandal, Voter Disillusionment Ahead of Bulgaria's Elections

Bulgarian citizens will have to make some difficult choices as they go to the polls on May 12, 2013, to vote in the parliamentary election. Nevena Borisova reports.

The Voice of Africa From All Over the World

Africa on the Blog is a blog by people of African heritage: The big deal for us here is that we as Africans are telling our stories in our own...

Spanish Blogger Goes After Anti-Catalan Prejudice in Viral Video

A YouTube video featuring an Andalusian Spanish blogger criticizing xenophobic attitudes in Spain toward the region of Catalonia has gone viral.

Lebanon's Happy Offshore Oil Billboards

Qifa Nabki writes: “Lebanon’s Ministry of Energy and Water has launched a new [billboard] campaign promoting the benefits of off-shore oil exploration for the average citizen. The ads contain shots of...

Lebanon's Migrant Workers Mark May Day

KAFA (Enough Racism and Violence) posted [Ar] that the migrant domestic workers in Beirut celebrated Labor's Day by holding a demonstration in which they demanded an end to the Kafala...

Social Media and Sarcasm in Lebanon

The Eleventh Room posted some funny tweets about Beirut’s first Social Media Awards event. They said the Social Media Awards hashtag #SMABeirut was going strong on Twitter days after the event....

Lebanon's First Social Media Awards

Najib at Blog Baladi won the “Blog of the Year” award in Beirut's first Social Media Awards event. He wrote this post about the ceremony in general with comments on some aspects of its organization. He also includes comments...

Mozambique Activist Withdraws Candidacy

Lack of transparency and professionalism when choosing candidates, besides a tendency to determine in advance who will take the institution's positions. Those were the reasons given by the human rights...

Turf War Brewing in Brazil Over Corruption Investigations

On the heels of a landmark corruption case in Brazil that saw former members of ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's government convicted of participating in a vote-buying scheme, a...

Avoid Mycetism, Mushroom Pickers!

“Never eat overripe, clammy, flabby, wormy or spoiled mushrooms,” writes Ian Claytor, translating advice from Kyrgyzstan's Department for Disease Prevention and Expertise in his blog, Postcard from Bishkek. With the mushroom picking season underway...

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