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29 July 2013

Stories from 29 July 2013

Saudi Security Forces Burn Down House and Cars in Awwamiya Raid

Abbas Al-Mazraa and six of his brothers were arrested in Awwamiya today. The raid resulted in the burning of the family's house and cars.

Can Pirates Save the Russian Internet?

Judging from attendance at recent demonstrations, Russian supporters of internet freedom have their work cut out for them if they want to move their cause from online to offline.

Germany: Demonstrations Against Surveillance

#stopwatchingus was the motto of demonstrations that took place last Saturday in Germany. The participants were protesting against surveillance by the secret services and government inaction.

Delestron, the Supervillain that Embodies Blackouts in Côte d'Ivoire

Ivorian citizens have created a cartoon character named Délestron (délestage means blackouts in french). Delestron has also its own facebook page which has gather more than 5,000 fans since its...

Cairo: “Non-stop Sound of Gunshots”

Egyptian blogger Mosa'ab Elshamy was at Rabaa Al Adawiya, where 100 people were killed and 1,500 injured during clashes at a pro-Morsi sit-in in Cairo.

Free Assisted Reproduction Could Be Denied to Lesbians and Single Women in Spain

The government is accused of legislating according to their ideology and being strongly influenced by the Catholic church.

Saudi Website Founder to be Imprisoned, Lashed

Free Saudi Liberals website founder Raif Badawi was charged with "setting up a website that undermines general security" and ridiculing Islamic religious figures.

In Egypt, Young Men “Die for Nothing”

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia shares photographs and a video of an 18-year-old revolutionary artist Eissa Essam. Essam was killed during clashes on July 26 with Muslim Brotherhood supporters camped in the...

Bogus Doctors Apply for Qatar Hospitals

Group Qatari blog Doha News reports: Some 66 percent of job applicants for nursing positions at state hospitals last year were found to have forged their educational qualifications, the Supreme...

Qatari Doctor Detained in UAE for Muslim Brotherhood Ties

On Doha News, Shabina Khatri shares the story of a Qatari doctor Dr Mahmood Al Jaidah, detained in the neighbouring UAE under suspicion of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood....

Laughing at Putin's Pike

Vladimir Putin's presidential photo-ops, which grow more absurd with each passing year. In his latest publicity stunt, Putin joined Prime Minister and Defense Minister on a fishing trip in Krasnoyarsk.

Brunei Bans Daytime Dining in Muslim Restaurants

The new directive which surprised many people applies to foreigners and tourists as well during the holy month of Ramadan

E-book Offers ‘Pearls’ From Women Around the World

Catherine Beeckman explains how Global Voices provided inspiration for the free anthology "Pearls Around the Neck": "Your writings feed mine!"

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