· July, 2014

Stories from Quick Reads from July, 2014

Archaic Laws Continue Jamaica's History of Injustice

  18 July 2014

The anti-sodomy law is not the only archaic statute up for repeal in Jamaica. Author Kei Miller is astounded that a proposal to rescind the country's “blatantly racist Obeah Laws” has met with resistance: We seem to like throwing fits whenever it is suggested that we review and correct our...

“Muito Obrigado, Brazil”

  18 July 2014

Colombian student Juan Pablo Ramírez blogs his opinions, mainly about football and politics. He shared his farewell to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and called it “the best 21st century World Cup”, because of the many records broken and the many surprises this tournament brought. Like Colombia qualifying to quarter...

Palestinians are Friends with Journalists

  18 July 2014

Marcelino Torrecilla N. has started a series in Spanish called Stories from Gaza. The first installment by this United Arabe Emirates based Colombian was published on El Tiempo of Bogotá and tells a story of two Gulf News journalists in Abu Dhabi. Taking pictures in the Gulf is challenging and...

China's National Mahjong Team Loses To Japan

  18 July 2014

Mahjong, originated from China is considered a national game. The fact that China's national mahjony team lost the the fifth Open Mahjong Championship in France and finished in 37th place out of 51 teams came as a shock to the country. Worse, the individual title was claimed by a Japanese...

App Created by Global Voices Contributor Selected to be Developed Online

  17 July 2014

Lawyer, blogger, digital activist, dreamer and Global Voices Paraguayan Global Voices contributor Gabriela Galilea, was selected by Techpeaks program from European organization Trento Rise, a startup promoter, to develope her online game platform Mr. Patch: [un] videojuego para tabletas, smartphones, televisores inteligentes y web (PC), que ejercita los músculos de...

Chinese Activist Hu Jia Attacked

  17 July 2014

Prominent Chinese activists Hu Jia was attacked last night on July 16 in Beijing. He reported the incident in his Twitter: 今天7月16日,刚才20:12,我在北京市朝阳区草房地铁站东侧100米路北被若干便衣人员袭击受伤。他们随后驾车离去,我眼镜被打飞未能看清车号。此刻感到身体不适,靠在路边,准备报警。胡佳 #傅政华 #国保档案 pic.twitter.com/ztb1x0IzJk — Hu Jia 胡佳 (@hu_jia) July 16, 2014 Today (July 16), just now at 20:12, I was attacked by a number of plain clothes cops...

The Maya Nut, a Nature Giant

  17 July 2014

In the Guatemalan department of Petén, a group of local women market natural products prepared with Maya nut, well known as natural medicine. The president of the producer association, Benedicta Galicia Ramírez, notes they “pick up the seed and then dry it, toast and grind it to make fluor”, and...

Why the Caribbean Should Care About Net Neutrality

  16 July 2014

For those who figure that the issue of net neutrality doesn't affect them, Trinidad-based blogger Activized connects the dots. The concept that “all data is created equal” is not as common as you might think: Local telecommunications company Digicel announced that they were banning certain VoIP application services from their...

FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Already Ancient History

  16 July 2014

Caligo, author of Spanish blog La ilógica (The ilogical) and Colombian fan, shares his final thoughts about 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The mentions the highest points of the tournament: the German champions, the flaws on the Argentinian team, the outstanding Colombian James Rodríguez, Brazil humiliation by the German crew,...

Biofortified Bananas for Beta Carotene Deficiency

  16 July 2014

Félix Moronta Barrios is a Venezuelan biologist who spreads scientific culture among Spanih speaking community. He recently explained the researches and biotechnologic findongs about transgenic bananas in Uganda and the United States. The banane cultivated in Uganda has no A vitamin. That's why its modification is necessary. Moronta Barrios warns...

German Offensive Beated Argentinian Defense

  16 July 2014

On El mago del balón (The magician of the ball), Spanish journalist José Eduardo Carratalá analyzes the national teams that played the final match on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, Germany and Argentina, where the European crew won, and compares how the German presented a mainly offensive team againt...

If You Want to Sleep as a Baby, You Should Read This!

  16 July 2014

Psychologist Johanna Perez Vásquez studies dream interpretation since 2001 and runs the blog in Spanish El sueño significado (Dream meant) to help her readers to learn to interpretate their own dreams. On this occasiion, she posts a series of tips for a more effective sleep, resulting in a better and...

“Racism is Not an Issue in Latin America” — Seriously?

  16 July 2014

In an opinion piece for the New York Times titled “Latin America's Talent for Tolerance,” Enrique Krauze proposes the notion that Latin America is less prone to racism: […] European-style racism — which not only mistreats and discriminates but also persecutes and, in the very worst cases, tries to exterminate others...

A Missed Opportunity for Bolivian “Quipus” Laptops?

  16 July 2014

The Bolivian government recently announced a new program where high school students attending their final year will have access to a new laptop. These computers, called “Quipus,” are being assembled in the city of El Alto. The term comes from a traditional Andean form of record keeping on a series...