Stories from 23 September 2010
Víctor Julio Suárez, better known as Jorge Briceño or Mono Jojoy, one of the top leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was killed in the so-called "Operation Sodom." Colombian Twitter users immediately reacted to the news.
The Haitian Blogger says of the launch of a National Surveillance system for illnesses following the January 12 earthquake: “Given that the U.S. participants were affiliated with the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief…it is significant that AIDs did not make the survey and was not one of the...
Globewriter’s Weblog posts video of yesterday's “sudden thunderstorm in Port of Spain”, which caused severe flooding.
Repeating Islands notes that “‘Mas Man Peter Minshall’ has won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at The New York International Film Festival.
The Bajan Reporter has an update on the incident in which an alleged pedophile was the recipient of vigilante justice, saying that the man “has been charged with rape of a Minor…Police will not even reveal the age of the girl involved.”
What irked Politics.bm more than Hurricane Igor was the political wrangling after the storm: “Do [politicians] really think that Bermudians are as consumed by political disagreements and ideology as to not support each other after a major hurricane? This sentiment is incredibly condescending and out of touch.”
Social Media Week is an eclectic, multi-city event (Sept 20-24) aimed at connecting people, content, and conversations about emerging trends in social and mobile media.
Bairo Pite Clinic blog shares stories about daily work on community health care “for the poorest of the poor in East Timor”.
Blogger and activist Najib Chaouki creates a Facebook group to denounce police brutality in his country [Ar] following the death of a young Moroccan in a police station, the blogger says is notorious for the brutality of its officers.
Gancho writes about the government's new plan to protect journalists, concluding that, “What's missing is a genuine recognition from the government that journalists being killed is a substantial problem for the nation at large. I'm skeptical that Calderón's plan can will that element into existence.”
Uma janela aos domingos [A window on Sundays, pt], is a series of weekly posts featuring photos from Angolan windows with stories told by their authors. As Gabriel Toureg explains, “it's a way to know more about the country, its culture, remote locations, architecture and people of Angola”.
The blog Warmiboa [es] shares its concern about hydroelectric project Corina, which would divert water from two rivers (Huallaga and Marañón) to the coast in order to irrigate the desert, causing “unpredictable consequences.” The blogger explains that this project would affect the people of Loreto, who suffer from a lack...
September 22 was “World Carfree day” and Daniel Arellano shared five alternatives to using a car in Chile [es].
José Maria Costa analyzes [es] how the Paraguayan constitution is interpreted to fit different political agendas. For example: “For some, freedom of speech is a relative right: it works in relation to who and what is being expressed. For others, freedom of speech is absolute and allows them to violate...
govph is the twitter account of the official gazette of the Republic of the Philippines
Kimberly Truong writes about the pledge of many restaurants in Vietnam not to offer endangered protected animals of the country in their shops.
Pro-democracy group Viet Tan has launched the No Firewall website which aims to “assist Vietnamese internet users learn about circumvention techniques and digital security.” The Vietnam government has been accused of intensifying its internet surveillance activities to restrict dissent in the country
The Final Word suggests that many adults in Vietnam need to be educated about basic dietary facts since many people continue to associate obesity with good health. He also observes that many women are obsessed with formula milk instead of promoting breastfeeding.
Rakesh Katal recounts the joys and challenges of working with communities in rural Zambia.
According to a survey conducted by The Irrawaddy, less than 8 percent of the candidates running for the November 7 elections in Myanmar will be women.
EngageMedia uploads a video about Batu Arang, a small town in Malaysia which was the site of numerous historic labor actions in the country.