Bangladesh: Mourning The Death Of Humayun Ahmed

A few hours ago the most famous Bangladeshi writer and film maker during the past three decades died from colon cancer leaving millions of fans mourning. Humayun Ahmed (64) was a popular author, dramatist and film director who captivated millions of people with his famous characters like Himu, Misir Ali, Baker Bhai etc in both [...]

Saudi Arabia: Free Editor Ra’if Badawi Held Under Cybercrime Law

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Re: Saudi Arabia: Free Editor Ra’if Badawi Held Under Cybercrime Law Dear Prime Minister, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I have been informed by Human Rights Watch and credible sources within Saudi Arabia that prosecutors have charged Ra’if Badawi under the 2007 Anti-Cybercrime law, alleging [...]

CAMBODIA: Immediately release independent radio owner Mam Sonando

Mr. Hun Sen, Prime Minister, [email protected] Re: CAMBODIA: Immediately release independent radio owner Mam Sonando Dear Mr.Hun Sen, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I have been informed by several international human rights organizations regarding the situations of independent radio owner Mam sonando. The information that I have received regarding his [...]

Oman arrests bloggers and writers

Portraits of former Oman volleyball player Habiba Al Hinai and activists Esmail Al Muqbali and Yaqoub Al Kharusi. The activists were arrested following their visit to Fahoud oil fields on 31 May to show solidarity with the striking Omani workers from contracting companies, who were commissioned to complete a project for two oil companies in [...]

Better Writing (And Thinking) About Africa

In The Guardian a few days ago Binyavanga Wainaina wryly provided  “How not to write about Africa in 2012 – a beginner’s guide” that really is more of a primer on the contemporary culture of the few remaining Africa correspondents for American and European publications. This article serves as something of an addendum to his [...]

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