16 September 2010

Stories from 16 September 2010

Azerbaijan: Bloggers to require registration?

  16 September 2010

As the use of new and social media starts to surface in the run-up to the 7 November parliamentary election in Azerbaijan, In Mutatione Fortitudo reports that there are now calls for bloggers to be considered similar to journalists. While on the surface such a suggestion sounds positive, the accompanying...

Venezuela: Documentary Released Online Goes ‘Beyond the Clichés’

  16 September 2010

Francisco Toro from Caracas Chronicles introduces the documentary “Moving Pictures o Los Autos de Caracas” by Chris Moore, which was released online this week: “The film is a methodical meditation on just how Venezuela's dream of modernity went so badly off the rails.” Francisco will review the documentary in installments...

Nepal: The CyberSansar Scandal

  16 September 2010

Ujjwal Acharya at The Radiant Star writes about the copyright infringement by a reputed cyber business venture in Nepal and the government crackdown on its employees.

India: On Kashir And ‘Freedom’

  16 September 2010

Greatbong at Random Thoughts Of A Demented Mind opines that “what is going on in Kashmir is hardly an independence struggle, but more an expression of aggressive Islamic (mostly Sunni) revivalism.”

Bangladesh: The Privileged Members Of Parliament

  16 September 2010

An ordinary citizen discusses about the recent privileges for the members of parliament announced by the government. The incomes of the MPs will be tax free and they will be able to import a tax free luxury car each.

Chile: Bloggers and Social Network Users Question Bicentennial Celebrations

  16 September 2010

On September 18 Chile commemorates 200 years of its Independence from Spain with a Bicentennial celebration. But the date has generated reactions from bloggers and Twitter users who are relating the celebrations to a prolonged hunger strike by the Mapuche indigenous group and other current issues of concern for the Chilean people.

Caribbean: Farewell, Arrow

  16 September 2010

Caribbean bloggers are mourning the loss of one of the region's soca music pioneers - Alphonsus Cassell, better known as “Arrow” - whose mega-hit, Hot, Hot, Hot is largely credited with taking soca to a global audience. News reports confirm that the singer had been ailing from cancer for some time; bloggers' tributes have been both touching and personal...

Trinidad & Tobago: Do the Math

  16 September 2010

“If citizens are being asked to trust our leaders’ public statements, then the statistics on their own departments’ websites must match”: KnowTnT.com is doing the math and says the numbers don't add up.

Jamaica: Palisadoes’ Defeat

  16 September 2010

Snail Writer blogs about the “environmental defeat” of the Palisadoes spit, “that jointed arm that holds Kingston Harbour in loose embrace”; Labrish echoes her “lamentations for Jamaica’s special places of natural beauty and the alarm at the lack of environmental consideration given to these places that are the heritage of...

Venezuela: Examples of US Media Campaign Against Chavez

  16 September 2010

Eva Golinger in Postcards from the Revolution writes, “The bombardment of negative, false, distorted and manipulated news about Venezuela in US media has increased in volume and intensity during the last few days.” She goes on to show specific examples of this.

Honduras: Another Case of Police Brutality

  16 September 2010

Juan Carlos Rivera [es] and user Hibueras [es] report on another case of police brutality during a protest led by the Resistance Front in the city San Pedro Sula. According to Juan Carlos Rivera, 20 thousand people participated in the march on September 15. He also posted pictures of the...

Guyana: Gold Rush?

  16 September 2010

Guyana-Gyal thinks the gold rush must be on again – at least judging from the influx of foreigners – and each of them, she says, “got their own winning technique.”

Africa: Diaspora Camp DC 2010

  16 September 2010

Diaspora Camp DC: Recap: “The event brought together about 120 entrepreneurs, investors, students and professionals to find out the ways to access capital to start, fund and grow small and medium enterprises as well as other kinds of ventures.”

Africa: Thank God for Colonialism

  16 September 2010

Thank God for colonialism in Africa: “The colonial state was able to offer useful things to converts, such as protection, preferential treatment, access to education and ultimately access to jobs within the colonial administration and all the privileges that came with that. Christianity became a ‘badge of honour’.”

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