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· August, 2009

Stories about Citizen Media from August, 2009

31 August 2009

USA, Mexico: Astronaut José Hernández Twittering from Space

Mexican-American Astronaut José Hernández is currently orbiting the Earth as part of a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station, and he is twittering while he is on the...

30 August 2009

East Timor: “Happy Day” of freedom vote

Timorese bloggers have celebrated the 10th anniversary of the popular referendum which led to the territory's formal independence. One commemorates the "happy day", another recalls his determination to drive out...

29 August 2009

Azerbaijan: Washington DC protest for detained activist bloggers (updated)

With detained video bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli now facing an additional charge in their native Azerbaijan, The Collegian says that support for the two imprisoned youth activists yesterday...

27 August 2009

Ecuador: The Frustrations of Being a Writer

Being a writer in Ecuador can be frustrating. Whether it is the lack of books available or how politicians use cultural events to spread their message, many authors just want...

26 August 2009

Japan: I won`t vote

25 August 2009

Kenyan cartoonists find a home in the blogosphere

The older Kenyan generations vividly remember cartoon characters like Bogi Benda, Juha Kalulu and many others who premiered in newspapers. But times are changing and the internet is changing almost...

Azerbaijan: Activist bloggers face additional charge as trial approaches

Youth activist video bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli have been held in pre-trial detention for 48 days. However, in an unexpected development, the authorities in Azerbaijan have now decided...

24 August 2009

Peru: Contamination in Mining Town La Oroya

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights recently declared the petition admissible against the Peruvian State for committing human rights abuses against the residents of the mining city of La Oroya.

23 August 2009

Brazil: On the meaning of “Minorities with a majority complex”

A catchphrase uttered by Senator Renan Calheiros in an argument with another senator reinforces the presumption of a long-standing rivalry between São Paulo and the rest of Brazil.

Japan: Whaling. Scientific research or commercial hunting?

Only "scientific whaling" is allowed in Japan, since commercial whaling was banned in 1986. But this is often regarded by environmental organizations as a ruse to continue commercial hunting.

Ecuador: Continuing to Face the H1N1 Virus

With the number of deaths due to the H1N1 virus across the region reaching 1300, Ecuadorians provide their opinions on how the media is informing citizens, as well as a...

22 August 2009

Azerbaijan: Eurovision scandal continues

Despite attempts by the authorities to downplay the incident, news that the names and addresses of 43 citizens who voted for the Armenian entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest...

20 August 2009

Uruguay: Day of the Domestic Worker

Mariolo of Asi ta’l mundo, Botija [es] writes that August 19 was “Day of the Domestic Worker” all across Uruguay and presents some facts about this occupation and adds in...

19 August 2009

Kenya: Lion-saving Art Takes Shape

The pride of Kenya Campaign, being touted as the biggest event in Kenya's conservation calendar this year, has been picking pace and excitement has been building. The Pride of Kenya...

Iran: Televised Confessions Spur Video Cyber-Activism

Video confessions are serving as a form of cyber activist protest for those against the forced confessions and political drama in Iran.

18 August 2009

Azerbaijan: Eurovision voting scandal

Although held in May, some media outlets in Azerbaijan last week reported that 43 people who voted for the Armenian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest have been identified by...

15 August 2009

Global Voices Unofficial Mascot Loses Left Eye

An unofficial mascot of Global Voices bloggers known as “GV Ferret” lost his left eye in a fight with a cat on Wednesday night in Boston.

14 August 2009

Costa Rica: Long awaited for Train in Inaugural Run

New train service in Costa Rica is received with flag waving and cheering, but also several complaints and concerns.

13 August 2009

Angola: The assassination of a ruling party MP

The Angolan blogosphere reacts to a double murder: a Member of Parliament and her brother, a Migration and Foreigners Services officer, were gunned down at the end of July. Was...

12 August 2009

Cambodia: Miss Landmine Pageant Raises Questions

The Miss Landmine pageant intends to empower landmine victims and challenge traditional notions of beauty. The winner receives a high-tech prosthetic limb. But the Cambodian government canceled the pageant this...

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