The latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, considered to be the worst ever since the virus was discovered in 1976, has killed 672 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization.
The disease now has reached Nigeria, where a Liberian man infected with Ebola died in Lagos, a city of 21 million. The country’s Federal Ministry of Health confirmed that the man was tested after he collapsed on arrival at Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos.
"As long as the military is suppressed, the lack of communication between the military and the outside world will exist. […] Without freedom of speech, the military’s non-existent communication is even more drastic, leading to the army’s present parallel status, one that is completely disconnected from the rest of society."
Luis Gonzalo Segura, a lieutenant in the Spanish Army with almost 12 years of service, was fed up with seeing all sorts of corruption within the higher command. The issue is one few Spaniards know about, so he wrote a novel titled “Un paso al frente” (A step forward), a work of fiction based on the alleged abuses that takes place in the armed forces.
“What propelled us to carry out this event is that some of us poets are products of the public system and feel that it is pertinent to defend a system that is mistreated by successive governments.”
In Puerto Rico, writers, artists and musicians have united under the name “Poetas en Marcha” or “Poets with a Cause” to voice their opposition to school closures and their solidarity with the working class.
The movement has hosted two events so far. The first was June 13 under the title “No al cierre de las escuelas: Poetas en marcha” (No to school closures: Poets with a cause), during which about 30 artists met to object to a government order to close down nearly 100 schools due to the economic crisis.
"If this law is adopted, the internet we have known and loved in Tunisia, will come to an end."
A leaked copy of Tunisia’s new cybercrime draft law shows signs that the country’s major achievements in the field of Internet freedom may soon come undone.
It is unclear whether the text, leaked on July 23, represents a final draft. It is similarly unclear whether the National Constituent Assembly will have sufficient time to debate or adopt the law, as fresh legislative elections are due to be held on October 26.
"Whether GMO technology is harmful or not, I guess we need to abide by the laws? Now that commercially produced rice products are not allowed, why not require the rice to be tested for GMO elements before entering market? There is an obvious loophole in the testing standards."
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has stirred an ongoing global debate since its debut two decades or so ago. As a deteriorating environment and decreasing arable land continue to threaten the country’s ability to feed the world’s biggest population, China is looking at various measures including GMO technology to cement its agricultural security.
"China is a rapidly developing country that is investing in communications technologies that will make its cities smarter and provide a better quality of life for its citizens."
So what kind of odds does France have when faced with the Chinese giant? Well, while France might be far from the Middle Kingdom, it prospects are still pretty good. When it comes to the Internet of Things, France presents an important emerging market. Valued at €150 million in 2013, it is expected to come up to about €500 million by 2016.
”She is now the British correspondent for the Caribbean, the Caribbean’s link to the wider world of resources and opportunity; the one who knows the ‘real deal’ about Caribbean writing.”
Trinidad-born, Britain-based writer Monique Roffey has taken down her Facebook page* following fierce criticism of a blog post she wrote for the website of British bookstore chain Waterstones. The post was intended to serve as an introduction to new and emerging writers from the Caribbean who, for the most part, may not be as well known as authors from what Roffey refers to as the “Golden Era of Caribbean Literature”, which includes Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott and V.S. Naipaul.
"This is basically a gag order, and it’s not just a gag order to the press, but it’s extending to anyone in Thailand, especially now that a lot of Thai people use social media to express opinions."
The Thai Junta has issued a new order banning media from reporting news that is critical of the government. Issued on July 18 by the National Council For Peace and Order, the order applies to all types of media including electronic and social media.
"I want to concentrate on playing volleyball and became famous was not anything else I hope I do all the best and hope to play in Rio 2016."
Since 17-year old Kazakh volleyball player Sabina Altynbekova opened a Twitter account on July 22, partly to counter a number of fake and fan accounts using her name, she has amassed over 23,000 followers. She has been proposed to, turned into an anime character and subjected to mainstream media headlines such as Kazakh Teen Volleyball Player is Turned On by Her Own Teammates Because She Is So Attractive Nobody Watches the Sport Anymore and Legs, Volleyball, Babe – Sabina Altynbekova Spikes Media Interest.
“About the student claims, regarding blocking the Internet, we have never done that and there have not been any problems with the Internet in the “Goce Delchev” dorm. On the other hand, those Internet pages and social networks [in question] have always been blocked, the same way they have been blocked in high schools and primary schools.”
Censorship of freedom of expression by Macedonian authorities is nothing new, but seems to be developing in the small southeast European country. Earlier in 2014, when the residents of a state-run student dormitory in Skopje began an online campaign to expose the horrific living conditions in the dorms, access to Facebook and other websites for the residents of the dorm was cut off.