Stories from 19 October 2010
Ukraine's president Victor Yanukovych on roads for ordinary citizens and tax cuts for small businesses – at Ukrainiana.
CAFÉ TURCO writes about Braco Dimitrijević's exhibition (‘Future post-History’), currently on display in the building of Sarajevo's National Library, which “was severely damaged in August 1992, when the Serb forces shelled it with incendiary bombs […]”: “More than 2 million books and documents were lost forever but the building now...
The Pipeline reports on Ukraine's stance on membership in the Customs Union.
In Moscow's Shadows writes about the Oct. 19 suicide attack on the Chechen parliament building in Grozny.
Danica Radisic writes about the plight of Internet entrepreneurs Djordje Djokic and Dusan Jaglicic, who have been in jail for the past eight months, with no possibility of bail, no trial and no legal conviction, and about the implications of their case for the Serbian online community.
Journalist Miguel Paz interviewed [es] Laura Gómez (@laura), Twitter's International Support Lead and Spanish Language Specialist.
Luciano Arruga has been missing since January 31, 2009. That night Luciano was seen, severely beaten, by a witness at a police station. A blog called ¿Dónde está Luciano? [es] (Where is Luciano?) has been following the case, posting pictures, video, audio and information on protests against police brutality and...
Juan Ortega writes [es] about the book Open Government [es] by César Calderón and Sebastián Lorenzo. He briefly explains what Nicaragua needs to do to improve transparency.
“The ETA – Chavez connection, brought to light after Spain's equivalent to the Supreme Court asked Venezuela to extradite a number of people involved in terrorist activities, is generating a torrent of misinformation rarely seen,” writes Alek Boyd in his blog.
One of the most loved works of literary fiction, Don Quixote, has come to life through YouTube. Hundreds of volunteers are reading fragments of Miguel de Cervantes' work and uploading them to the ElQuijote Channel.
Divas wonders what will happen after the exit of UN forces (UNMIN) from Nepal.
Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe have released a statement supporting the call by the Ministry of Health to provide condoms to prisoners: “The danger of sexual violence in prisons is extremely increased under conditions of severe overcrowding and malnutrition such as currently prevails in Zimbabwe.Prison culture encourages men to have...
Where exactly is Joseph Kony?, Ledio Cakaj asks. Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army: “Only Mr. God knows,” is the short answer to Kony’s whereabouts, as a former LRA commander recently told Enough.
Nigeria Health Watch discusses the success story of polio vaccination in Nigeria: “Firstly, there was an increased involvement of traditional, religious and political leaders in promoting vaccinations and encouraging acceptance within our communities, helping to turn the tide.”
Danish blogger Pernille Bærendtsen looks at the use of traditional elements and social media in Tanzania election campaigns focusing on Zitto Kabwe, the parliamentary candidate for Kigoma North. Her post is titled "Running for Office (While Combining Kangas and Social Media). Kanga is a piece of printed cotton fabric worn by women and occasionally by men throughout Eastern Africa.
“I am thankful for Rhea holding on to this jackass called activism. I am thankful because she was one of those relentlessly amazing Trinidad women who hold on despite the sexism, despite the belittlling, despite her commitments to family, despite her own personal struggles”: Attillah Springer pays tribute to activist...
Repeating Islands reports that “ten people have been killed and three others are missing after heavy rains battered Haiti.”
In addition to “crying out for stronger campaign finance regulations as a key solution to our disturbing legacy of political corruption”, KnowTnT.com‘s Edmund Gall proposes “two other more urgently required types of regulatory reform: public accounting, and public procurement.”
“When, at the turn of the year, the prisons are emptied of political prisoners, for a time they’ll lose the stigma of being human rights violators…they are trying to decrease the size and strength of the dissidence”: Iván's File Cabinet suggests that “the proposal to leave Cuba could be expanded...
They are definitely funny. Not to mention that the often absurd and surreal Puerto Rican political landscape gives them plenty of material. They are El Cangrimán, El Rata and Oscar Marrano, the three main writers of the Puerto Rican online-based paper El Ñame.
“The Cuban Catholic Church reported over the weekend that the ‘process to release the 52 prisoners is completed’, says Uncommon Sense, who adds: “But 13 of those prisoners remain in jail, including 12 who repeatedly have insisted they will not accept release if it means having to take forced exile…”