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7 June 2010

Stories from 7 June 2010

Macedonia: Programmers’ Salaries

Instant Expert writes [MKD] about monthly salaries of software developers in Macedonia: from juniors (EUR 200), to analysts (EUR 350), to seniors (EUR 500+), to “rock stars” (EUR 1000+%). Ping.mk user miopa disagreed [MKD], saying that the figures for seniors are underestimated, suspecting a hidden agenda to persuade programmers to...

Trinidad & Tobago: Setting Precedents

  7 June 2010

“There were some precedents set by the last PNM, which were so shocking, even by our elastic standards, that they must be highlighted, so we can ensure they are never repeated”: Afra Raymond thinks now is as good a time as any to remind Trinidad and Tobago's new government about...

Brazil: This is Rio de Janeiro

  7 June 2010

Rio Gringa reviews Rio é Assim: a crônica de uma cidade, a book by José Carlos Oliveira, “one of the most realistic, jarring, heartbreaking, inspiring, hilarious, and truly Carioca literary visions you will find of the city.”

Caucasus: Eurovision gossip

Chasing Liberty’s Shadow comments on Azerbaijan's entry into last week's Eurovision Song Contest and considers what benefits a victory might have brought the country. The blog also comments on speculation that Azerbaijan spent as much as $10-16 million on its entry while Unzipped: Gay Armenia reports on a minor spat...

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Mexico: One Year Since the Tragedy at Guardería ABC

  7 June 2010

A year has passed since the tragedy at Guardería ABC, a daycare center in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora that was consumed by a fire, taking the lives of 49 children and leaving more than 70 with permanent conditions. Citizens mourn the loss and critize the lack of response from the government.

Azerbaijan: Baku concerned with social media

With progressive, alternative voices finding a new outlet via new and social media in Azerbaijan, and the first case of imprisoning blogging activists in the region occurring there last year, news reports now warn that possible new legislation might yet seek to silence others. On a related note, In Mutatione...

Mozambique: Photos from a Literacy Project

  7 June 2010

Blog Encounters presents a collection of photos from portuguese artist Margarida Botelho, featuring a literacy project she implemented in Mozambique based on the idea that “If we can learn how to convey our life story in a book with words and illustrations perhaps we can further our awareness of whom...

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India: Bhopal Gas Tragedy Verdict – too little too late?

  7 June 2010

More than 25 years after India's worst ever Industrial disaster, a court in Bhopal has pronounced a guilty verdict on the Indian arm of Union Carbide (UCIL) and also convicted 8 former UCIL officials for negligence in the large-scale, Bhopal gas leak tragedy. Bloggers react.

Concert for Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness in Paris

  7 June 2010

As sickle cell anemia came in the spotlight with the withdrawal of French  soccer player Lassana Diarra from World Cup because of the disease, the APIPD (Association for Information & Prevention of Sickle Cell Anemia) announces the venue of a large concert to raise  sickle cell anemia  awareness, DREPACTION 2010,...

Trinidad & Tobago: Caribbean-American Heritage

  7 June 2010

“With June officially proclaimed as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the USA, you’d think the Caribbean community would be full of excitement”: Outlish Magazine gets feedback from the blogosphere about the month designed to be “the platform for a dialogue between Caribbean peoples and the American public.”

Russia: Famous Blogger Speaks About the Future of Social Networks

Sergey Kuznetsov, one of the first RuNet activists, discusses how social networks will look like in five years. In his interview to Lenta.ru [RUS] he argues that analysts should focus on functions but not platforms, describes the new ways of virtual connections between people, and suggests that the social networks and electronic devices...

Jamaica: The Real ‘Dudus’

  7 June 2010

Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is probably one of the most wanted men on the planet. Annie Paul and Jamaica Salt find out more about the person behind the persona.

Brazil: Brazilian President in Israeli TV Video-Joke

  7 June 2010

Brazillian netcitizens react to Israeli Latma TV video mocking President Lula da Silva. Hellington from Full ideas blog believes [pt] that the video only shows the ignorance of the world concerning Brazil, though he agrees with the idea that the Brazilian President shouldn't meddle with Iran and other sensitive issues....

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