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Global Voices: Weekly Highlights—August 18-24, 2011

Global Voices: Weekly Highlights—August 18-24, 2011

Arab World: "Assad, You are Next After Gaddafi!"
As Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's hours are quickly running out, Twitter users are issuing their warnings to Syrian president Bashar Al Assad to take heed, and leave power. Here is a cross-section of reactions by Amira Al Hussaini. read>>

Trinidad and Tobago: Debating a State of Emergency
On Sunday 21 August, the government of Trinidad and Tobago declared a national state of emergency to deal with the violent crime that has afflicted the Caribbean nation in recent years. This legal move - which affects citizens' civil rights - triggered debate and concern among Trinidadians online. read>>

Libya: Bloggers Between Dictatorship and War
It's been six months since the Libyan uprising began. How was the Libyan blogging scene before the February 17 revolution and how has it evolved over the last few months? Fozia Mohamed takes a closer look at the Libyan blogosphere to bring us the story. read>>

India: Anti-Corruption Campaign Fires a Country's Imagination
In India, social media is being used extensively to power civil society's push for a proposed anti-corruption bill. The movement is being led from the front by a Gandhian social activist Anna Hazare, who continues to receive a huge amount of support in home and abroad - online and offline. read>>

Spain: Brutal Police Repression Against Journalists Covering "Secular March"
Pope Benedicto XVI's recent visit to Spain sparked a civil "Secular March" in protest against the use of public funds for religious acts in a secular state. The encounters between secular and religious individuals resulted in a wave of police repression against the journalists covering the events. Global Voices presents a selection of videos of the protests. read>>

More posts on Global Voices this week..
Costa Rica: Slut Walk Reactions, Religion and Women's Rights
Sri Lanka: The Return Of The Grease Devils
Brazil: Construction Starts on Controversial Belo Monte Dam
Iran: 'Tonight, the Islamic Regime's Generals will Have Nightmares'
Singapore's Curry Solidarity
Croatia, Serbia: A Flag of Friendship

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