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Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 2, 2011

Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 2, 2011

Syria: Can Tweets Prevent a Massacre?
Following the worst day of violence Syria has seen since protests broke out across the country in February, Syrian opposition and their supporters around the world have begun an attempt to raise global awareness of events in the country, utilizing a hashtag, #RamadanMassacre, that was started on Sunday to keep track of reports from the city of Hama. read>>


China: Chemical Vinegar
A local report has revealed that 90% of vinegar in the market is produced by glacial acetic acid rather than grain. According to the report in the First Financial Daily, the annual consumption of vinegar on average is up to 3.3 million tons and 90% is a chemical combination of glacial acetic acid, water and other additives. read>>


Russia: Exodus from LiveJournal Shows the Power of Networks
The latest Distributed Denial-of-Service attack (the second this year) on the most popular Russian blogging network, LiveJournal, has prompted a mass exodus of bloggers to different platforms and is significantly re-shaping the country's blogosphere. read>>


Moldova: Attack on Journalist Causes Online Debate on "Language Issue"
An incident of violence against a Moldovan journalist brought about active online discussions regarding the long-protracted animosities between the Moldovan majority and the small Russian minority in the country. read>>


Egypt: Scenes from Monday's Crackdown on Tahrir Square
The Muslim holy month Ramadan didn't begin well for Egyptians on Tahrir square in Cairo protesting for the numerous still unmet demands of the revolution. On Monday, 1 August 2011, the army evacuated them with an iron fist, leaving many injured and more than one hundred detained. The day before, more than thirty organizations announced they would suspend sit-ins that gained full force around 8 July for Ramadan and return after the holidays. read>>


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