Stories from 13 August 2010
“That man is dead and gone, yet he still shape people minds”: Guyana-Gyal remembers what life was like under Forbes Burnham.
The 53rd Annual Festival of Flowers recently took place in Medellín, Colombia and was discussed on citizen media, including the topic of the conflict between two local television stations for broadcast rights.
A Donetsk businessman posts hidden camera footage of threats and harassment by a competitor, as well as an appeal for help to the Ukrainian president, on YouTube; the video (RUS) has generated over 56,000 views so far. (A detailed Kyiv Post story by Peter Byrne is here (ENG); Vadim Isakov's...
The Caribbean Review of Books acknowledges the passing of “Marie Selipha ‘Sesenne’ Descartes, St Lucian folk singer and ‘queen of folk culture’.”
In an industry where expenses keep rising, making and promoting a music video can get tough. The 99 Dollar Music Video website gives bands and filmmakers a chance to shine with creative videos, shot in one day, edited in one day and costing no more than 99 US Dollars.
“Yuh want ah mango? Dance de shango”: Simply Trini Cooking recalls “a little piece of mouthwatering bliss from [her] childhood…sweet red mango.”
“Fidel Castro’s return to public life after a four-year absence provokes conflicting emotions here”: Generation Y and Havana Times blog about his reappearance.
Cuban bloggers discuss the harassment of Reina Luisa Tamayo, as she makes attempts to organise commemoration marches to the grave of her son, political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo.
Ahamed Bauani is concerned that the two International Internet Gateways (IIGW) operational in Bangladesh do not support IPv6 and “do not have any plan to do so”. The blogger advocates for creating a group to pressurize the government to take step to connect Bangladesh with IPv6 network via IIGW.
Yasser Latif Hamdani at Pak Tea House says that under-reporting of Non-Muslims is a major problem as “it only paints Pakistan as an intolerant society”.
The Acorn discusses in details about the current dispute with RIM, provider of Blackberry’s messaging system, and the Indian government over encrypted messages and intercepting the communications for state security.
More than a month after the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, the Himalayan country Nepal is still without a leader. Four rounds of elections have failed to produce a clear winner, another round is scheduled for August 18th.
ARTSPEAKAFRICA is a blog on contemporary visual art and culture in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.
Glenna links to an album with songs about leaving Africa: “Rose Skelton, who writes the lovely blog How di Bodhi, has just compiled an album called Yes We Can: Songs About Leaving Africa.”
Is Rwanda like Singapore?: “Pardon me for not blogging about Kagame's electoral victory; it was not much of a surprise. Instead, I've been wanting to talk about something that he mentioned often on the election trail: Singapore.”
On July 18, 2010 Big Brother Africa, a television show produced by Endemol, entered its fifth season with Big Brother Africa All-Stars. The show, which has become the most popular TV reality show in Africa, is being taped at the Big Brother House at Sasani Studios in Johannersburg, South Africa and will run for 91 days.
Zambian Economist posts the judgement in the the case of The People Vs George Wello Mpombo – where the defendant was charged with a count of dishonoured cheque. Mpombo is a former Defence Minister and a leading critic of Zambian President Rupiah Banda.
Madina Kucheryavenko (aka LJ user ilgirino [RUS]) will become the first Russian blogger officially accredited for 2010 Youth Olympic Games [EN] after she won the special contest [RUS].
Jejemon is a special combination of internet and mobile phone language which is popularly used by young Filipinos today. Using the Jejemon Translator, let us 'jejemonize' the Global Voices Manifesto.
The Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party runs an anti-ECFA ad by painting a negative picture of Hong Kong society. ESWN has the transcript translated.
China Hush has a post on the recent “wiping sweat gate”, which explains how propaganda with Chinese characteristic is manufactured.