Stories from 2 June 2010
Armenia: Journalist arrested in Liberty Square
Ianyan covers the case of Ani Gevorgyan, an anti-government journalist who was arrested on 31 May while being among opposition supporters who resisted attempts by police to remove them from a newly reopened public space in Yerevan, the Armenian capital. The blog says that while the reasons for Gevorgyan's arrest...
Israel: Fighting the #Flotilla Digital War
The global impact that social media and the real time web had as this story evolved is undeniable. From Twitter to Facebook and onto active forums and talkback threads, the battleground has shifted from the Mediterranean to a digital cacophony of data. Gilad Lotan has more.
Bolivia: International Book Fair in Santa Cruz Breaks Own Record
The XI International Book Fair held in Santa Cruz has set a new record this year with over fifteen thousand attendees in the first five days. The fair this year commemorates the Bicentennial of Santa Cruz, as Willy Andres [es] explains. Sixty new literary pieces will be presented; the fair ends June 6 [es].
Malawi: On the decision to pardon gay couple
Sokari discusses the decision by the Malawian president to pardon a gay couple who were sentence to 14 years in prion: “The decision to pardon rather than allow the Malawian legal process to take it’s own course in the matter raises concerns about the” autonomy and sovereignty” of African states.”
Ghana: Is Ghana's national team a disaster?
Following the 4-1 defeat of Ghana's Black Star by the Netherlands in an international friendly, Ato Dadzie writes, “Black Stars: A disaster waiting to happen.”
Ghana: Black Stars going forward or backward?
Is the Ghanaian nation team, The Black Stars, going forward or backward?, asks Ghanaian blogger Mac-Jordan.
Africa: Winners of Museke Online Africa Music Awards
Lizha James, Dama do Bling, Amr Diab, Ralph Anselmo and Perola emerged multiple winners of the inaugural Museke Online Africa Music Awards (MOAMAs), reports MightyAfrican.
Niger: From impending crisis to humanitarian emergency
Amanda McClleland, blogging from Niger, says that the country has shifted from an “impending crisis” to a real humanitarian emergency.
Jamaica: New Developments
Two new developments regarding Jamaica's state of emergency are here and here.
Jamaica: Rock the Calabash
“Calabash 2010 rocked, it really did”: Annie Paul thinks that “this literary festival provides a neat model for similar ventures that could showcase the best that Jamaica has to offer.”
Cuba: Condemning the Flotilla Attack
Havana Times notes that Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed “its strongest condemnation” of the Israeli attack against a Gaza-bound flotilla.
Trinidad & Tobago: Red Earth
“The Red Earth Eco-Arts Festival has become one of the highlights of Trinidad's cultural calendar”: MEP Caribbean Publishers previews this year's events.
Jamaica: Dudus’ Brother In Custody
Bloggers are reporting the breaking news that alleged drug don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke's brother, Leighton ‘Livity’ Coke, has just been arrested.
El Salvador: Storm Agatha Sinking the Country
Conversaciones con Neto Rivas [es] highlights the outcome of storm Agatha in El Salvador, showing an infograph that, according to the blogger, shows that 80% of El Salvador is sinking. The blog also points out that Winter is just starting and authorities should warn about the high-risk areas and begin evacuating people...
China: Creative Kiss Challenge on Streets of Xi'an
PH from veggie discourse translated a forum post and discussion about a creative kiss challenge event hosted by a Xi'an merchant on 29 of May, 2010.
Brazil/Bulgaria: Domain Name Debate
Following the debate initiated in January 2010, Eternal Remont blog discusses the ongoing case of the Cyrillic Internet domain name of Bulgaria “.бг” which is, allegedly, too similar to the Brazilian one in latin script “.br”.
Brazil: The Eleitor2010 Project
On May 29th Eleitor2010 [Elector2010, pt] was officaly launched. According to the press release [pt] it is a Ushahidi-based crowdsourcing platform which aims to aggregate citizen denouncements during this year's electoral process in Brazil.
Colombia: Reactions to Presidential Elections from the Blogosphere
The Colombian blogosphere also reacted to the outcome of the presidential elections held on May 30, discussing why the Green party candidate, Antanas Mockus, lost to the candidate of the ruling coalition, Juan Manuel Santos. They also analyzed what is in store for the political atmosphere in Colombia after the June 20 run-off election.
MENA: Israel will have to Choose
Condemnations are flying left, right, and centre after Israel attacked a Turkish-led flotilla headed to Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid and break the blockade on the Palestinian enclave. Here are some more reactions from Twitter.
Morocco: Where Some People are More Equal than Others
All Moroccans are equal, but some Moroccans are more equal than others, writes Moroccan blogger Jamal Elabiad. He comes to this conclusion following a corruption case allegedly involving a high ranking official in the cabinet and his son's arrest. Here are more reactions.
Pakistan: Living In Denial
Bilal Qureshi at Pakistan Foreign Policy blog comments that the “denial and blindness to emerging internal threats has turned Pakistan into a global hub of terrorism and the country itself is a ticking time bomb.”