Stories from 1 December 2010
Bolivia: Indigenous Scholars Meet at Indigenous University
Cristina Quisbert in Bolivia Indígena [es] writes about indigenous scholars gathering at the Bolivian Aymara Indigenous University Tupak Katari (“Universidad Indígena Boliviana Aymara Tupak Katari” in Spanish); she also provides background information on the University.
Venezuela: Comics Find Their Place on the Web 2.0
The comic in Venezuela is one of the genres that is generally underrated and ironically, treasured within the country's culture. In response to this, artists have formed groups to create their own space on the Web 2.0 that gathers and publishes their work.
Colombia: Still on US State Department's Travel Warning List
Steven Roll from Travelojos points out that despite the good press Colombia has received lately, “the U.S. State Department still regards it as a nation that U.S. citizens best avoid.” He ends his post asking, “Do you think the U.S. State Department’s characterization of Colombia as one of the most...
Venezuela: Heavy Rains Cause Flooding on Caribbean Coast
Francisco Toro from Caracas Chronicles reports on the floods caused by heavy rains in Venezuela: “After the wettest November on record, Venezuela is experiencing serious flooding all through the long Caribbean coast.”
El Salvador: “Entre Amigos” Helps LGBT With HIV/AIDS
The Latin Americanist shares information on HIV/AIDS in Latin America: “over two million people in the region are hit with HIV, ‘more than in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the UK combined.'” The post finishes with a video of Entre Amigos (Among Friends), a charity in El Salvador: “Their work...
Moldova: Post-election analysis
Morning in Moldova shares his views and analysis of results of Moldova's 28 November parliamentary elections.
Ghana: Understand E-Waste Through Photos
E-Waste in Ghana: Perspectives from several photographers: “A couple of weeks ago, Pete Brook over at Prison Photography wrote a great blog post comparing Burkina Faso-born Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo’s photos of e-waste in Ghana with South African Pieter Hugo’s images. Ouedraogo is currently a contendor for the prestigious PrixPictet award...
D.R. of Congo: UN Group of Experts Report is out
Jason shows some of the highlights of the 190 page report on the Democratic Republic of Congo released by the UN Group of Experts: “It's a great report, chock full of useful information on the situation in the Kivus, and I'll have an exclusive interview with members of the Group...
Kenya: Prime Minister Orders Crackdown on Homosexuals
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has ordered the arrest of all gays and lesbians in Kenya. Capital FM quotes him saying, “We will not tolerate such behaviours in the country. The constitution is very clear on this issue...” Bloggers have expressed outrage and dismay towards the Prime Minister's attitude towards gays and lesbians.
South Africa: Sound of the year: Vuvuzela
Terry nominates the Vuvuzela as The Sound of the Year: “Not to mention that what the vuvuzela has come to represent is not simply a single moment in sports history, but also a moment in our collective global history. And this moment sings out with a distinctive, jubilant and multinational...
Russia: Online Reactions to Korean Skirmish
People in Russia's eastern-most region Primorsky Krai followed the news of an exchange of fire between North Korea and South Korea on November 23 with special concern over the possibility of war.
Haiti: Better Elections
“Even [with] the low participation of Haitian voters in these controversial elections, those who went to vote had difficulties to find their names. But they found the names of their neighbors who died in the Jan. 12 earthquake”: Wadner Pierre says that Haitians deserve better than what they got in...
Caribbean: World AIDS Day
Today is World AIDS Day; West Indian bloggers lend their voice to the cause, in the hope that they will help reduce HIV prejudice and curb the spread of the disease.
Trinidad & Tobago: Homeless in T&T
FreePaper examines the issue of homelessness, saying: “If yuh lookin to go homeless, don't do it in Trinidad. Yuh gets no love.”
Cuba: Prison Experience
Uncommon Sense notes that the Committee to Protect Journalists has been publishing blog posts from recently-released Cuban independent journalists and is struck by an account from Normando Hernández González, “who offers a vivid, horrific account of the more than 7 years he was unjustly imprisoned.”
Jamaica: The Wikileaks Discussion
Jamaican diaspora blogger Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac says that “the wikileaks debate or discussion will be and should be about what needs to be put in front of the eyes of the general public.”
Puerto Rico: Corruption in the Legislature
Journalist and blogger Carmen Enid Acevedo comments [es] on the most recent accusations against legislator Iván Rodríguez Traverzo for acts of corruption.
Puerto Rico: On Statehood and Identity
Rafael Franco comments [es] on Puerto Rican author Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá's most recent column [es] on statehood and identity, which has stirred a controversy in the Caribbean island.
Puerto Rico: Interview of Writer Lolita Bosch
Puerto Rican writer and blogger Marta Aponte Alsina interviews fellow Spanish writer Lolita Bosch [es] on literature, violence in Mexico, and promoting reading in prisons in Latin America.
Elie Rajaonarison, Malagasy artist, has died
Elie Rajaonarison, a Malagasy poet, has died on November 27, 2010, at the age of 59. An accomplished artist, Elie Rajaonarison tried his hand successfully at photography and film. He held degrees in anthropology and was a professor at the University of Antananarivo. He published a poetry book, Ranitra, and...
Russia: Environmentalist Blogger from Ulyanovsk Region Prosecuted
Sasha Bragin [RUS], an environmentalist and a blogger from Ulyanovsk region, is about to face court under accusations of running down on a pedestrian, Novie Izvestia reports. The car accident had been set up, the blogger claims. Previously, Bragin received threats [RUS] for his investigative activity.