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Global Voices: Daily Digest—July 28-29, 2011

Global Voices: Daily Digest—July 28-29, 2011

Bangladesh: Indigenous or Not Indigenous, That Is The Question
In recent months many Bangladeshi indigenous people have taken the streets holding meetings, human chains and rallies, demanding constitutional recognition of their population. The 'indigenous' debate arose after some remarks of a special parliamentary committee working to amend the present constitution reverting back to the 1972 constitution. read>>


Global Voices Bloggers to Mentor Youth Activists from 10 Countries
q Today we announce the names of 10 Global Voices bloggers and 11 activists who will be working together virtually over the next months as part of a new mentoring initiative developed by Global Voices and Activista, the youth network of international development organization, ActionAid. Activista has selected activists from 10 countries on five continents to form part of a "Blogger Swarm" which will be blogging on the Activista website over the next 12 months. Their goal is to get youth around the world involved in discussions about development, and especially food and climate justice. read>>


Lebanon: Maritime Dispute with Israel Escalates
Hezballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has exclaimed that God had given Lebanon an opportunity to rid itself of a crippling debt, and become a "rich country" by providing it lucrative offshore oil and gas reserves. However, the reserves potentially lie in a disputed maritime border zone with Israel. read>>


South Korea: 41 Dead in Torrential Flooding and Landslides
Torrential rain has battered South Korea for several consecutive days, causing landslides, flooding and power cuts. At least 41 people have been killed and 12 people are still missing. Throughout the disaster, South Koreans have shared updated stories, photos and useful tips for those affected via Twitter. read>>


Poland: The State of Reading
A few weeks ago, a new social campaign - Reading in Poland - was launched by one of Poland's largest daily newspapers due to the fact that reading rates in Poland are very low: one reports states that 56 percent of the Poles don't read books at all - and are also incapable of reading texts longer than 3 pages. A huge debate has started on the reading culture in Poland and the reasons for the crisis it is facing. read>>


More posts on Global Voices today...
Lebanon: Musician Arrested for Mocking President in Song
Kyrgyzstan: Government Bans News Websites from the Election Campaign
Zambia: Blogger Thinks Late President Fixed Election Date
Vietnam: More than 500 Attended Barcamp Saigon
Kenya: Facebook Should Unfriend John Mwau
Kuwait: Bidun fly 'Freedom Balloons'

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