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Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 8, 2011

Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 8, 2011

Mexico's 'Train of Death'
Thousands of Central American migrants risk their lives to hop on top of moving freight trains going from southern Mexico to northern destinations along the US border. A new documentary tells the story of the 'train of death' known as La bestia. Read>>

Zimbabwe: Will a Big Brother Winner Unite a Divided Country?
The Big Brother Africa reality marathon is now over. However, there are mixed views about which of the two Zimbabwean contestants deserved to win. The Zimbabwean chap who took home a cool US$200,000 "happens" to be white, which "inevitably" also became a talking point. Read>>

Côte d'Ivoire: Abidjan in Mourning After Tragic Bus Accident
Friday, August 5, was a tragic day for the West African country of Côte d'Ivoire. A bus transporting passengers in the capital city Abidjan, plunged off a bridge into the Ebrié lagoon, killing 40 and injuring 9. The Ivorian government has decreed three days of national mourning for the victims. Read>>

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Trinidad & Tobago: Newspaper Prints "Private" Facebook Comments
The Trinidad Express quoted from a private Facebook discussion without permission. Since then, there have been two additional stories where Facebook comments were "lifted" without consent. Is anything really private once it is online? Read>>


China: Taxi Drivers and Railway Workers on Strike
A new wave of strikes are taking place in China. This time it's not rural migrant workers working in sweatshops, but drivers and employees in the urban public transportation sector. Read>>

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