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Global Voices: Daily Digest - Nov 7-8, 2011


Monday and Tuesday, November 7-8, 2011

Liberia: To Vote or Not to Vote?

As the clock was ticking toward Liberia's scheduled November 8 presidential run-off, a cloud of doubt and uncertainty seemed to be engulfing the process. To vote or not to vote, that is the question that Liberian voters had to deal with before today's vote. read>>

See also: Liberia Elections 2011: Polling Stations Nearly Empty


China: Japan's Imaginary Enemy

Recent Japanese media reports portraying China as the enemy in a Japan-US naval exercise reportedly scheduled for this week have brought even more tension to territorial claims between the two Asian nations. John Kennedy reports. read>>


Guatemala: Controversial General Elected President

Presidential elections were peaceful but tense in Guatemala. School of the Americas alumni and retired General Otto Perez Molina is the elected President of Guatemala after a tight and highly polarized election, where a large percentage of voters abstained or voted blank. read>>


Malaysia: Sexuality Rights Festival Banned

The Malaysian police has banned the annual Seksualiti Merdeka (sexuality independence) Festival which angered many people, including bloggers who support gender and LGBT rights. read>>


11-11-11: Grab your Cameras and Capture Life

Only a couple of days until 11/11/11, a date that will have people all over the world recording their lives through film and music. Participate in the 11Eleven project and One Day on Earth to leave your mark on the world. read>>


More posts on Global Voices today...
Iran: Bloggers React to Military Strike's Rumors
Equatorial Guinea: Teodoro Obiang Nguema and Son Face French Justice System
Thailand Flooding Disaster
Cote d'Ivoire: When Will the Universities Reopen?

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