Stories from 1 November 2010
Hugo Albuquerque, from the blog O Descurvo, analyses [pt] the historical importance of Dilma Rousseff's electoral victory, while João Villaverde comments [pt] on what's left for the defeated party, PSDB.
Gabriela Zago, from the ius communicatio blog tells us [pt] about the first time Brazil's TSE (Superior Electoral Court) granted the right of reply on Twitter. Rui Falcão, one of president-elect Dilma Rousseff's campaign coordinators, was condemnd by the TSE for allegedly posting offensive tweets regarding opposition candidate, José Serra.
Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff has been the subject of many conversations in Bulgaria, due to her Bulgarian roots. Ruslan Trad translates some of the online reactions.
Coalition for Protection and Promotion of Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities started a blog campaign [MKD] against the homophobic content of the official curriculum. NGOs from this group demand removal of secondary school textbooks with outdated and discriminatory lessons, and establishing a mechanism of prevention of such abuse...
Participants who spoke after it, consider the first TEDx event in Macedonia a great success. The one-day conference organized independently under license from American nonprofit TED enabled widening the range of publicly discussed topics and inspiring at least one hundred participants to work on positive change.
The Latin Americanist shares a link to a video of a protest held last week in Lima: “One woman dies in Peru every eight hours due to complications related to pregnancy according to AI [Amnesty International] secretary general Salil Shetty. She added that most of these deaths are preventable and especially...
The bloggers at Contrapunto [es] write about November in Panama, “the month of our country when we remember with pride the various deeds that have brought us here and that for better or for worse have made us who we are.”
Salman Latif writes about a recent development in citizen journalism in Pakistan – citizen's video portals.
Hidden among the crowd of the popular Marina Beach in Chennai there exists a small group of people who have a story to tell. Dinidu De Alwis at The End writes about their stories.
“All because of our greedy bank accounts, we have corruption, fraud, fronting, theft, bribery, black market, vandalism, and desecration of ancient monuments, all that we the Buddhists utterly condemn,” opines Bhutanese blogger Penstar.
LJ-user Roizman, Yekaterinburg political and anti-drug activist, posts pictures of Vika Zavalina, a drug addict. The series of pictures taken from 2004 to 2010 shows a shocking regress in the young woman's appearance. The post, which ends with Roizman's conclusion that compulsory drug treatment should be legally introduced, has gathered...
Several bloggers post photo reports from Moscow opposition meeting here, here, here, here, and here. LJ-user drugoi posts HD-video of the event. Marina Litvinovich sums up: despite the conflict between opposition leaders, the “Strategy 31″ movement didn't fail.
Users metkere and zyalt post pictures from Halloween parties here and here. LJ-user sokhovich posts picture of a person in a mask of Frankenstein-like Medvedev and other halloween'ized politics.
Diaspora blogger Jdid says his piece about the “lack of action we see in Barbados following disasters.”
Tropical storm Tomas has now been upgraded to a category 2 hurricane as it heads towards Haiti. The hurricane still poses a peripheral threat to neighbouring islands like Jamaica, but Caribbean bloggers are hoping that Haiti will be spared any further devastation. The country is still grappling with the destruction from the January 12 earthquake as well as a recent cholera outbreak.
Uncommon Sense reposts reports of alleged state harassment of the mother of the late dissident hunger striker Orlando Zapata Tamayo; in a separate post, he comments on the Cuban Catholic Church's announcement about the imminent release of the remaining 13 political prisoners “in jail since the ‘black spring’ of 2003.”
“Let us guard our own tongues against harsh and cruel words. Let us teach our youth respect for others. Let us teach them that hurting another (physically or verbally) is anything but funny”: Outlish blogs about bullying.
In October, surfers from Peru, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Australia, Japan, France, Ecuador, Uruguay and South Africa traveled to Peru to participate in the Billaboing ISA World Surfing Games 2010. The Peruvian team won the world award in the teams competition.
The Opposition Leader suggests that there was an over-reaction by the Office Disaster Preparedness and Management to Tropical Storm Tomas; 5am at Mango Media Caribbean says: “I don't for a second think that the ODPM nor the Government caused undue panic. They sent out the warnings. They encouraged people to...
Day of the Dead is a special and mystical season that Mexicans celebrate every year. But what exactly happens on this date? Why is this holiday so important for Mexican families?
As the Shanghai 2010 World Expo has drawn to a close, Shanghai Scrap's Adam Minter looks at why the six-month long extravaganza mattered, and how foreign correspondents missed an opportunity in covering it.