8 September 2010

Stories from 8 September 2010

Getting to Know the Global Voices Latin America Team

  8 September 2010

The Global Voices Latin America team of volunteer authors has grown over the past three years. During this transition and the presentation of a new Regional Editor, Silvia Viñas, let's take a look at the diverse community of committed bloggers from this region.

Sri Lanka: A Day To Remember

  8 September 2010

Vositha comments that today (September 8, 2010) is a day to remember for the Sri Lankans as it is “the end of Sri Lanka as we know it and a new beginning”. Learn why.

China: Afterthoughts following the New Zealand earthquake

  8 September 2010

News of the lack of direct casualties and minimal damage done in New Zealand's earthquake this past week has provoked widespread discussion over how far China has come since the devastating earthquake in Sichuan province more than two years ago.

Kenya: Koroga Enchants

  8 September 2010

Koroga is an Africa story involving poets and photogpraphers: “At the heart of Koroga is a deep desire to understand how art shapes our social imaginations. Poets have responded to a range of images that capture the density and play of contemporary living, the beauties and tragedies that surround us.”

Africa: African Merchants in Ancient China

  8 September 2010

Eccentric Yoruba discusses African merchants in ancient China: “In my previous post I mentioned that I had read somewhere that two slaves given as gifts to the a Chinese Emperor by an Arab delegation were the first Africans to enter ancient China.”

South Africa: South Africa's Strike Season

  8 September 2010

Prisha blogs about South Africa's public sector strike: “It is a well known fact that South Africa has a strike season. That’s right, you heard me: a strike “season” -just as we have winter, spring, summer and autumn – so too, do we have the public sector strike! The last...

Malawi: Literacy beyond reading and writing

  8 September 2010

Steve Sharra's analysis of literacy in the context of Malawi”: “Obviously a basic meaning of “literacy” starts out as learning how to read and write, and in Malawian discourse, the type of literacy most commonly heard on the street and across the airwaves is “Adult Literacy”…”

Zimbabwe: What makes a Zimbabwean hero?

  8 September 2010

What makes a hero in Zimbabwe?: “In Zimbabwe, it would seem that the definition of heroism is controlled by Zanu PF alone. Hero designation has always been in the hands of the ZANU-PF Politburo, though non-Zanu PF parties have recently demanded that the designation process be made more inclusive to...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Barbados: “Sense of the Sensless”

  8 September 2010

Abeni is saddened by the death of Vincentian Kellisha Ollivierre, one of the victims of the robbery/fire in Barbados: “My hope is that their deaths will drive home the need for strict adherence to building codes. This laissez-faire attitude with respect to people's lives has to end.”

Haiti: MINUSTAH & Violence

  8 September 2010

The Haitian Blogger discusses the recent death of a young man, allegedly at the hand of UN troops, saying: “It is because of the continuous abuses by MINUSTAH and violent incidents like the one in Cap-Haitien on August 17 that Haitians are demanding an end to the UN occupation of...

Trinidad & Tobago: Budget Day

  8 September 2010

Today is Budget Day and Plain Talk has a few bits of advice for the new Finance Minister: “There has been a change in Parties at the helm of Governance, and if that change is to have any meaning…the real Leaders…need to espouse a vision [that] is very clear in...

Colombia: Hiperbarrio Bloggers on Violence in Medellín

  8 September 2010

Violence, murder, theft and crime are a constant in Medellín and its metropolitan area; issues all people must learn to live with and a social phenomenon that has grown in the last year. Bloggers from Rising Voices project Hiperbarrio expressed their feelings and different viewpoints on the matter in personal and group blogs.

Brazil: “Do It Yourself” Clean Elections

  8 September 2010

In less than one month there will be elections in Brazil and Eleitor 2010 has already became a game-changer: it is a "crowdsourcing" project aiming to facilitate citizen reports of abuses of the electoral process. Through the platform, some entertaining anecdotes have already come to light.

Russia: Bloggers Expose Pro-Kremlin Youth Movement

RuNet Echo  8 September 2010

Blogger fritzmorgen posts[RUS] pictures of Anastasia Denisenko, a regional leader of “Molodaya Gvardia”, Russian pro-Kremlin youth movement. The movement officially agitates against alcoholism and drug abuse, although the unofficial pictures depict quite the opposite. The blogger also supplies the posters of the various club parties sponsored by the movement.

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