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Everything politically sensitive is usually censored on the Chinese Internet. However, one hot topic allowed to emerge over the past few days has been the Diaoyu Islands conflict (the name is controversial and they are also known as the Senkaku Islands).
Is it really beyond our powers, that we Malians, inheritors of the greatest political and social structures of the African middle ages, so proud of our figureheads and heros…have the lucidity to analyse our existential problems and to try and find appropriate solutions for them?
Much like physical marks the conflict left on the city, the damage left in individual lives and on the city as a community is healing in many places—and where it doesn’t heal, it seems at least to fade into the background of other scars, other challenges.
Noah Tucker on Registan.net writes (part 1part 2) about the situation in Osh, a city in southern Kyrgyzstan, two years after the ethnic clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities there.
A citizen poured gasoline on his body and that of his 5-year-old daughter and tried to set himself on fire, but others stopped him from doing so by force.
Protests are growing in the Palestinian territories about the high cost of living and high rate of youth unemployment.
True that it would be easier to “google them,” get the information and write about them, but I need to talk to them, get to know them.

Xaviera Medina de Albrand’s response when questioned, ‘Why interview women instead of simply writing about them?’ 

The Peruvian blogger Xaviera Medina de Albrand is the brains and energy behind the blog Mujeres Mundi, a space where she publishes her interviews with women from around the world. Xaviera talks to us about her life and her blog in this first part of a two-part interview.

Civil servants in Francophone Africa are coming under increasing pressure to improve efficiency and to do more with less.
Not a day goes by without a black African suffering from racial abuse. The most often-used insult is “Guira Guira,” which, according to some means in a local dialect “big monkey”. For many Tunisians, we black Africans are savages.
Frederick Gore Djo Bi writes on africavox.com about the rise of racism against black Africans in Tunisia.
What do we really have to celebrate for 50 years? Lately, it seems that all we want to do is celebrate, and celebrate, and celebrate without fixing anything!
Despite the myriad of ways in which Trinidad and Tobago and its citizens celebrated its 50th year of independence on 31 August, 2012, the overriding feeling in the blogosphere seemed to be one of despair.
[The Chinese company] aren’t just expanding, they are poisoning people. None of this is legal. No kind of sanitary norms are being observed.
Physically bordered, but culturally distant, China’s growing economic presence in Kyrgyzstan continues to be a topic for heated discussion in Kyrgyz society. In the country’s regions, this discourse is reflected in acrimonious standoffs between Chinese companies and locals, confrontations the mainstream media often fails to report on.
Nobody needs this, especially not the left-half of Hispaniola.
Hoping and praying it shoots off into the Caribbean and leaves the islands alone.
There is concern about the effect Tropical Storm Isaac may have on Haiti, as much of its population in Port-au-Prince is still living in tent cities after the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake