· April, 2008

Stories about Youth from April, 2008

Peru: Understanding the Emo Youth in Lima

  11 April 2008

The emo youth in the Peruvian capital of Lima have not been the victims of violence, as has been the case to their counteparts in Mexico. However, these youth have been the target of jokes and mischaracterization in the media. Even though some local bloggers openly display their distaste for these youth, they feel that local television programming has gone too far in making fun of the emos in such an uncreative manner.

Egypt: The Story of Sounilla

Little did American student Sounilla know what he was walking into when he saw two students from his university standing in the middle of a Cairo Square and decided to walk towards them, pointing his camera in their direction. Out of nowhere, the security forces pounces on them, snatching them from the square, into a car and the threat of possible jail.

Syria: The Colored Tile Complex

“So I used to step on the colored tiles… and count. Yes! I would count how many of each colored tile did I step on using each leg. The main issue here is that I have to, eventually, step on an equal amount of the colored tiles using both my...

Brazil: Blogosphere debates infanticide

  9 April 2008

“We are discussing the superiority of Western Christian civilization over the indigenous peoples because of infanticide. Well, we may disagree, and want to do something about it, but the indigenous tribes do what they do for one reason clear: in their way of life, it is very difficult to keep...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Woman of the Year

  9 April 2008

“In spite of the negativity surrounding Jamaica…there is one more reason to be proud”: YardFlex.com reports that a Jamaican has been chosen by the American Biographical Institute as their Woman of the Year in Education.

Jamaica, Canada: Homosexual Boycott?

  7 April 2008

“I do not want any public campaign telling the children of Jamaica that homosexuality is alright…I don't want to see two men kissing in public, nor two women joining hands in marriage…” Stunner's Afflictions puts in his two cents’ worth on news that a leading human rights organisation in Canada...

Zimbabwe: If only kids could vote

  7 April 2008

“If only kids could vote then Mugabe would have been really beaten”, says my partner's 11 year old child. “They should let us vote because there are more kids than adults. All my friends at schools want MDC to win”, she continues,” writes Comrade Fatso.

Bahrain: Should young girls wear hijab?

Bahrain's bloggers have recently looked at topics including the difficulties of being a pedestrian in Bahrain, negative thinking amongst Bahraini youth, the pressure placed on young girls to wear the headscarf – and the need to communicate more with Americans, writes Ayesha Saldanha, who brings us the latest buzz from Bahrain.

Argentina: high school students use online video to report their issues.

  6 April 2008

By uploading a video on YouTube, argentinean high school students managed to get mass media's attention to their plight: the need for a building where they can receive classes. Currently the Ipem 112 “César Iñíguez Montenegro”, in Sebastián Elcano, a village to the north of the Cordoba capital in Argentina are receiving lessons at an elementary school. However, because the elementary school has double shifts, the high school students are forced to receive evening classes, as if it were a night school.

Japan: New Internet regulation bill sparks reactions from bloggers

  6 April 2008

A new legislative bill aiming to regulate access to “harmful” web content by minors (under age 18), presented to a government panel on March 19th by LDP member Takaichi Sanae (高市早苗), has sparked criticism from Japanese bloggers. Apparently worded by Japan's National Police Agency, the new bill proposes to make...

Mexico: Emo Youth Become Targets of Attacks

  4 April 2008

Across Mexico, youth part of an "emo" culture have been the targets of attacks by groups, who may have been incited by a popular television personality. The easily identifiable youth may have been targeted due to their dress, taste in music or other stereotypes. Local bloggers have provided coverage from the very first incidents, pro-active protests, and other reactions.