Yoani tests Cuban censorship with a hidden camera

Our Observer in Cuba, blogger Yoani Sánchez, has decided to test Cuban Web censorship with a hidden camera. Read more and watch the video…
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The Mingora diaries: a heart-wrenching farewell

As Pakistan’s armed forces step up their offensive against Taliban fighters in the country’s north-west, hundreds of thousands of civilians are desperately trying to flee the conflict zone. Our Observer, who lives just outside of Mingora in the restive Swat Valley, tells us his family has joined the growing flow of refugees – but he is staying behind. Read more...
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Cartoonists revel in India's mammoth election

As the world’s largest democracy approaches the end of its month-long electoral drama, local cartoonists offer their take on a wide-open contest. Read more and view the cartoons...

New photos of the bloodbath in Sri Lanka

One of our contacts at the pro-Tamil Tiger website TamilNet has sent us images of a makeshift hospital in Mul’l’li-vaaykkaal, which was allegedly shelled by the Sri Lankan army this morning. Warning: some of these pictures may be disturbing. Read more...

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Egypt's pig cull - all about the money?

Ten days on, Egypt’s decision to slaughter its entire pig population in an unlikely bid to keep influenza A H1N1 out of the country is still a matter of heated debate. First slammed as religiously-motivated – given that most breeders are Coptic Christians – the decision has since taken on an economic hue. One pig breeder tells us that behind the flu cover-up lies a lucrative deal. Read more…

"I put off paying some bills as long as possible"

Thirty-five year old Irish Desmond Gilhooly spent eight years working in Facilities Management. Things were going well for Gilhooley, who won a promotion but then the malaise set in and there was no more work. Read more...

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The Mingora diaries: trapped between the Taliban and the army

The Pakistani Army launched a widespread offensive against the Taliban, pushing the militants back to the city of Mingora, in the restive Swat Valley, north-west of the capital Islamabad. Our Observer, who lives three kilometres from the centre, tells us that the residents there are rapidly running out of essentials, and, for the first time, he's considering fleeing his home. Read more...

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Boat people: the story of one who made it, and many who didn’t

This video, filmed on camera phone by a people smuggler, shows a group of Africans boarding an inflatable boat off a beach in Libya. They're hoping to reach the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. But just after pushing off, the police arrive. Read more and see the video...

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Prison in Iran through the eyes of a young painter on death row

These are the works of a young Iranian woman, convicted of murder at the age of 17, who spent her days on death row painting. Christened "The prisoner of colours", Delara Darabi, who protested her innocence after she was sentenced, was hanged in Rasht prison last Friday. This is her story in images...

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Angels and Demons, part of the grand conspiracy theory?

Conspiracy theories sprout like mushrooms at each global crisis, and Swine flu is no exception: one blog blames a mysterious secret society, the Illuminati, for the recent outbreak. Do movies like Ron Howard's upcoming Angels and Demons add fuel to the conspiracy-theory fire? Read more...

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