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Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 24, 2011

Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 24, 2011

Trinidad & Tobago: More Questions on State of Emergency
As the State of Emergency continues in Trinidad and Tobago - and the government's communication efforts about it continue to be muddled at best (Is it limited or national? Is there a solid strategy in place or not?) - local bloggers are voicing their opinions, confusion and frustration online. read>>

Singapore's Curry Solidarity
Netizens reacted strongly to the news that an Indian family in Singapore has agreed not to cook curry after their newly arrived neighbors from China complained to authorities about the smell. To show solidarity to all Singaporeans who love curry, a "Cook A Pot of Curry Day" event was organized last Sunday. read>>

Brazil: Global Action Against Belo Monte Dam in Images
From the 19 to the 22 of August, 2011, protests against Belo Monte dam went global. Although the construction work on the dam has already begun, people have organized in protests on the Internet and in the streets of many Brazilian cities and throughout the world in front of Brazilian embassies and consulates. read>>

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Croatia, Serbia: A Flag of Friendship
Two young adults from Croatia and Serbia have created a mixed Serbo-Croatian flag, as a gesture of reconciliation between the two countries. Some netizens have condemned the initiative, others seem to approve of it. read>>

India: Anti-Corruption Campaign Fires a Country's Imagination
In April this year Global Voices reported how social media was being used in India to power civil society's push for a proposed anti-corruption bill (popularly known as the Jan Lokpal Bill). There was, at the time, a lot of debate about the sustainability of the fledgling movement, which was being led from the front by a Gandhian social activist Sri Anna Hazare. read>>

Chile: #paronacional (national strike) vs. #yonoparo (I don't strike)
The Workers' United Center (CUT) called for a national strike for the 24th and 25th of August 2011, as a form of protest against social and economic inequality in Chile. It is uncertain whether or not the call was successful, but at least on Twitter reactions of users for and against this type of protest have been echoed making the hashtags #paronacional (national strike) and #yonoparo (I don't strike) national trending topics. read>>


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