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3 July 2013

Stories from 3 July 2013

The Bahamas: Equality is for Everyone

  3 July 2013

The Bahamas’ Attorney General recently proposed that the country's Constitution be amended to end all forms of discrimination – except discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Blogworld explains why she has a problem with that.

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Egypt: Fighting Sexual Terror in Tahrir Square

Millions of Egyptians held mass rallies on the first anniversary of former President Mohamed Morsi to protest his rule. As Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the Egyptian revolution in downtown Cairo, began to fill up, anti-sexual harassment groups geared up to stand up to sexual violence against female protesters. Previous mass rallies have been witnessing a rise in mob sexual assaults, particularly in Tahrir Square.

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Egyptians Overthrow Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood Rule

Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood senior member, is no longer the president of Egypt. Morsi's one-year reign was cut short, after massive protests across Egypt calling for him to resign started on June 30. Head of the Egyptian Armed Forces General Abdel Fattah Al Sisi said in an announcement broadcast live minutes ago that the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court will be the new interim president and that a technocrat national government will be formed. Al Sisi also announced that the Egyptian constitution has been suspended and that preparations will be made for both presidential and parliamentary elections.

Trinidad & Tobago: A Travel Mindset

  3 July 2013

Once you have the right perspective, you can travel anywhere … some places you might have to wait longer to visit, but you will eventually get there. Travel blogger Rishi Sankar offers advice on how to “structure your mind to enable a life of travel”.

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St. Kitts & Nevis: Protesting the Prime Minister

  3 July 2013

It's a twist rarely seen in Caribbean politics where party loyalties are fierce, but political tensions are high in St. Kitts and Nevis following the defection of two senior ministers. The move has left the government in a minority position, the Prime Minister has not summoned Parliament in more than six months, and people are taking to the streets in protest.

We're Uyghurs. We're not terrorists.

  3 July 2013

Against the background of two violent unrests in Xinjiang, a plea from an Uyghur from Xinjiang stirred up discussions of how to make peace with people from different ethnic backgrounds on Chinese social media. More from Offbeat China.

Economics Behind Colombia's Peasant Revolt

  3 July 2013

The agrarian problem explains the restlessness and open rebellion of the peasantry against the neo-liberal economic policies and the growing encroachments of rentier capitalism. In Cuadernos Colombianos, a blog from The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), Nazih Richani explains the motives behind a massive peasant mobilization in Catatumbo, North...

Eastern Europeans to Boost UK IT Industry

  3 July 2013

The UK labour movement restrictions placed several years ago to prevent migrants from Romania and Bulgaria from moving permanently and seeking employment in the UK will be lifted on January 1, 2014. Some predict large migrations of workers from these two countries, among the poorest in the European Union, while...

Iran: Opposition Leader's Health Problem

  3 July 2013

Bloggers and news sites reported Mir Hussein Mousavi, one of Iranian opposition leaders,went to Tehran Heart Hospital for a checkup on Tuesday but security forces did not allow him to be hospitalized.

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The Day Russia's Libraries Stood Still

On July 2, 2013 three of Russia's popular online libraries blocked user access to their websites and collections as a way to protest a new law aimed at combating internet piracy: "On their side is money, power and congenital brain failure. On ours -- technology, science and the aspirations of millions of people."

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