6 December 2010

Stories from 6 December 2010

Nicaragua: Is Nicaraguan Literature Dead?

  6 December 2010

Erick Aguirre begins his post [es] asking if Nicaraguan literature is dead. He responds to his own question in an extensive post which ends with a list of 29 new Nicaraguan authors who have recently published their work.

Russia: New anti-Corruption Portal

RuNet Echo  6 December 2010

Alexey Navalny, Russian investigative blogger, started a new anti-corruption portal “rospil.info,” a wannabe Russian analogue of Wikileaks. The name of the portal means “saw cut” – a term for a corruption process of stealing from the government budget (“sawing budget”).

COP 16: Young Bloggers Track Negotiations

  6 December 2010

Adopt a Negotiator, part of the TckTckTck campaign focusing on climate change, is an initiative where several young people from different parts of the world become “trackers.” Their role is to be interpreters and communicators of what their national delegations say and do at the UNFCCC conferences on Climate Change.

Iran: Planning Underway for Student Day Protests

  6 December 2010

On December 7, Iran's "Student Day" [16th of Azar] protests against student repression in Iran will be organized around the world. Last year thousands of protesters defied the Islamic regime by protesting during Student Day, chanting slogans against Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic, and protesting the government's foreign policy.

Haiti: Election Results

  6 December 2010

“In spite of 12 opposition candidates calling for an annulment of the results, Haiti’s Provisional Election Council claimed only 3.3% of the ballots showed evidence of fraud”: Haiti Today says that it appears the country's election results will stand.

Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival 2011

  6 December 2010

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2011 has officially been launched – and Trinidad Carnival Diary is thrilled that masqueraders will once again be getting a stage on which to “play themselves”.

Barbados: Arch Cot Inquest

  6 December 2010

“Five people dead, big names involved, public allegations of negligence, witness intimidation – and three and a half years later we are told that the entire power of government and force of law behind the inquest couldn’t get some brush cleared from the disaster site in time for an inspection”:...

Guyana: Notes on Caribbean Writers

  6 December 2010

The Signifyin’ Woman shares her notes from a panel discussion that she attended this past weekend on the “Challenges & Choices of Caribbean Writers”.

Peru: Hostages Taken in Bank Robbery in Gamarra, Lima

  6 December 2010

In a still confusing sequence of events, an assailant held up a bank in an area known as Gamarra in Lima, holding up several customers and staffers as hostages. The news were reported via Twitter by user @solopedrito who tweeted that a robber was holding up a bank and threatening to detonate a bomb.

D.R. of Congo: News you might have missed

  6 December 2010

Last week news from the Democratic Republic of Congo that you might have missed :”The newly ordained cardinal of Kinshasa, Laurent Monsegwo, arrived in Kinshasa from Rome on Wednesday to huge acclaim. Monsengwo is usually considered to be opposed to Kabila, but rarely takes public stands”

Australia: Cancún Half-time Scores

  6 December 2010

GV author Kevin Rennie samples what Australians have been saying online about the 16th edition of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or COP16 in Cancun, Mexico

Ghana: Ghana Brewery reacts to ActionAid report on tax dodging

  6 December 2010

Ghana Brewery has reacted to ActionAid report on tax dodging: Speaking on the phone, the Managing Director of ABL, Greg Metcalf said “We completely reject the report,” indicating that the report contains incorrect facts. Reiterating SABMiller’s earlier position, Metcalf said “we do not practice aggressive tax policy”, adding “it is...

South Korea:The ‘350 Concert’ by Green Foundation Held in Seoul

  6 December 2010

The ‘350 Concert’, in line with the ‘350 campaign’ that works to reduce the carbon concentration level in the air from current 380-390 parts per million to 350ppm, was held in Seoul today. Numerous artists and celebrities have made appearances at the event and many Twitterers, such as @BKHomin have shared photos of the event. 

Thoughts On World AIDS Day (December 1st)

  6 December 2010

Gayvox.com reminds (fr) everyone that December 1 was World AIDS Day, and adds, “Since a UN resolution of 1987, when the epidemic was officially recognized, this first of December marks the 23rd World AIDS Day. The 2010 AIDS Day continues the theme of 2009: Universal Access and Human Rights. All...

China: It's alright to shoot journalists

  6 December 2010

David Bandurski from China Media Project blogs about a Peking University professor Kong Qingdong's remarks on the violence that journalists faced in China: “If these journalists were all lined up and shot, I would feel heartache for not a single one of them.”

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