13 November 2010

Stories from 13 November 2010

Nigeria: Remembering an Activist, Fifteen Years After his Execution

  13 November 2010

In 1995 Ken Saro-Wiwa, a prominent activist and outspoken critic of the oil industry in Nigeria, was executed along with eight of his associates. Saro-Wiwa was a hero for many Nigerians, and his execution inflamed the international community against the notoriously authoritarian regime of Sani Abacha and the practices of Royal Dutch Shell. Fifteen years after his death, bloggers reflect on his legacy.

India: Typical Indian Character

  13 November 2010

Ram Bansal at India In Peril criticizes the ‘know-all’ syndrome of the average Indians and the practice of advising others without concentrating on his/her own works.

South Africa: Afropolis: City, Media, Art

  13 November 2010

Africa is a Country posts a photo by the young Johannesburg photographer Sabelo Mlangeni, which is included in the exhibit: “Afropolis. City, Media, Art: Urbanization Africa, now showing through March 11 at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany.

South Korea: An Indie Band's Death and the ‘Acorn’ Controversy

  13 November 2010

Following the death of indie band member Lee Jin-won, Korean bloggers and Twitterers are boiling mad over the music industry's unfair distribution system. Lee is reported to have lived near poverty line, even after his album made minor successes. What shocked most Koreans is a rumor that Lee had been paid in 'Acorns', one internet site's virtual money, which has no value in the offline world.

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