Stories about Digital Activism from June, 2008
Russia: Second-Hand Shopping
Anna Ershova of Anna’s Out of Town News blogs at Siberian Light about second-hand shops in Russia – and the option of second-hand shopping via LiveJournal.
Europe: Ideas for Cold War Museum
The Economist's Ceratin Ideas of Europe blog welcomes exhibit ideas for a Cold War museum that may be built “on a site near the old ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ border-crossing point in Berlin.” One reader suggests “a section on anti-communist humour.”
Bahamas, Venezuela: PetroCaribe
Rick Lowe at Weblog Bahamas cannot believe that the question of the Bahamas joining PetroCaribe appears to be on the table once again, adding that the move “would drastically and quickly increase the national debt of The Bahamas. Something we can ill afford in these very trying economic times.”
Bermuda: Hide and Seek
As the list of watchdog organisations speaking out against the Bermudian government's clampdown on a local newspaper continues to grow, Vexed Bermoothes asks: “What is there to hide?”
Jamaica: Local Fare
As global food prices continue to rise, Transition Sunshine is eating more locally produced staples and is surprised to learn that some Jamaicans consider them “slave food”.
Jordan: Online Initiative to Support Art
Palestinian Sugar Cubes draws our attention to JoCr8 – a new online initiative to support art and connect creative people in Jordan.
Korea: Suppressing Media or Illegal Internet Activities
Korea’s Youtube equivalent, Afreeca, has recently become more famous due to live coverage of candlelight vigils. On the 17th, the CEO of Afreeca was taken by the prosecutor’s office under the charge of having illegal activities on the Internet. The investigation and swift confinement by the government have given rise...
China: Olympic torch passes over Tibet
The BeijingWideOpen blogger is watching closely as the Beijing Olympic torch skipped over Tibet today and went straight to Xinjiang.
Jordan: Queen's Message
Jordanian Jad posts a YouTube message featuring Queen Rania of Jordan, who calls upon people to dispel some of the stereotypes people have on Arabs.
Kuwait: Twitter Addict
Kuwaiti blogger Angelo is now a self-confessed Twitter addict.
Trinidad & Tobago: Pot Hounds
Andre Bagoo posts a flickr photoset of street dogs, saying: “‘Pot hounds’ and the environments they inhabit are the perfect symbols for life in Trinidad and Tobago today.”
Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti: Small Shoes
Trinidad and Tobago-based artist Chris Cozier posts a photo of a child's shoes taken on his last trip to Haiti: “Something about the way that the shoes had become so worn out struck me. They looked like islands in the sea but also like the two countries that make one...
Cuba: Review of Sanctions
Both Babalu and Child of the Revolution blog about the European Union‘s upcoming decision on whether or not to end sanctions on Cuba.
Barbados, Venezuela: Maritime Claim
Notes From The Margin sheds some light on the Barbados/Venezuela maritime controversy, saying: “The waters under discussion can ONLY be Venezuela's if you accept that 1. Half of Guyana is actually Venezuela. 2. That two countries (Venezuela and Trinidad) can commit a third and fourth countries (Barbados and Guyana) to...
Jamaica: Reggae Sumfest
After the recent sponsorship controversy surrounding Jamaica's Reggae Sumfest festival, Montego Bay Day By Day is happy to report that “the show shall indeed go on…which is a good thing for the local businesses…”
Jordan: A New Lease of Life for Dwwen
Arab bloggers held their breath waiting for an announcement on the fate of popular Arab blog aggregator Dwwen. After a bit of uncertainty, the all clear was given and it is business as usual for the site which brings together Arab bloggers, writing posts in Arabic and English, under one roof.
Armenia: New LGBT Blogs
Unzipped: Gay Armenia points its readers to two new LGBT blogs. The first, Hye Trent is by a Lebanese-Armenian transexual, while the second, Pink Armenia, is from a newly established LGBT NGO in the country.
Bahamas: Microwaveable Minds
Blogger Nicolette Bethel is “operating in a state of low-grade anger”: “The thing that makes me angriest these days is the fundamental disrespect that we offer ourselves as Bahamians…the conviction that far too many of our leaders seem to have that we are really second-rate people.”
Barbados Underground says that “the queue of ‘expectation’ for Barack Obama, has already started to form”.
Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago: Calabashing Walcott
Jamaican blogger Annie Paul quotes Guyana's Stabroek News on Walcott's anti-Naipaul poem, The Mongoose.
EmPivot: Green media aggregator
EmPivot is a website made for sharing videos with a specific theme: environment. This green-related media content is added to the website so that people, organizations and companies can connect with each other with this same interest between them. EmPivot, as they explain on their website, comes from the word...