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Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 15, 2011

Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 15, 2011

Poland: Parties Not So Eager to Obey New Gender Quota Act
With the announcement of the date of the Polish parliamentary elections this October 9, bloggers are discussing whether the country's political parties will follow the new rules introduced by the Gender Quota Act. read>>


Cuba: First "Gay" Marriage
This past weekend, a gay man and a trans-sexual woman, got married. In Cuba. On the same day that Fidel Castro turned 85. Bloggers weigh in on the landmark event, including Cuba's most well-known netizen, Yoani Sanchez, who acted as matron of honour. read>>


Japan: How to Unplug Your Life and Save Electricity
People in Japan have been unplugging their lives as electricity-saving measures have been implemented to cope with power shortages. The effectiveness of the measures is yet to be proven but many have taken this opportunity to change their power consuming life style. read>>

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Bangladesh: Tragic Deaths Puts the Spotlight on Road Safety
The untimely death of award-winning film director Tareque Masud and internationally renowned cameraman and TV journalist Ashfaque Munier Mishuk in a road accident has shocked Bangladeshis. Netizens are mourning their death and are asking questions about the road safety on Bangladeshi highways. read>>


Malaysia-Australia Refugee Swap Deal Criticised
The refugee swap between Malaysia and Australia that was signed last month has been suspended by the Australian High Court after huge criticism. Under the deal, the next 800 refugees to arrive in Australia will be sent to Malaysia, and in return Australia will take in 4000 refugees from Malaysia in the next four years. read>>


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Mexico: Celebrating Cantinflas' 100th Birthday
Zambia: Netizen Launches Vlog Ahead of Elections
Pakistan: Celebrating Independence Day


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