7 December 2010

Stories from 7 December 2010

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay Recognize Palestinian State

  7 December 2010

Two Weeks Notice, a blog by Greg Weeks, reports: “Argentina has joined Brazil and Uruguay in recognizing a Palestinian state […]  The Israeli response is striking, particularly because it unwittingly shows in part why Latin American countries are doing so in the first place.” The Latin Americanist also blogged about...

Pakistan: The Family First For The Ruling Elites

  7 December 2010

Fatima Saleem reviews the expensive and lavish lifestyle of the ruling elites of Pakistan and their families especially in the context that there are almost no donors among them for the aid of millions of flood victims in the country.

The Sad Fate of Russia's “YouTube Cops”

RuNet Echo  7 December 2010

Several police officers have followed in the footsteps of Alexey Dymovskiy, uploading YouTube testimonies of wrongdoings within the police force in the past year. Unfortunately, nearly all have suffered arrests, beatings, firings or criminal prosecution, and justice has never been done.

Nepal: An Web And Mobile Phone Based Citizen Journalism Platform

  7 December 2010

Ujjwal Acharya writes about Equal Access Nepal, which aims to launch a citizen journalism platform in Nepal, “where people can have their say – by sending email, directly uploading their content, or sending snail-mail or by recording their stories in a toll-free number or sending SMS”.

Côte d'Ivoire: Ghanaian Bloggers React to Political Unrest

  7 December 2010

There is a dispute going on over the results of presidential run-off in Côte d'Ivoire amid rising post-election tensions. The Ivorian authorities have closed all natural borders of the country and suspended local transmission of international news stations. Let’s see how Ghanaian bloggers are reacting to the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire.

Puerto Rico: Violence at the University of Puerto Rico

  7 December 2010

The University of Puerto Rico is in crisis again. Students are opposing a special registration fee to be charged in January that the administration imposed to alleviate a fiscal deficit.  There have already been violent incidents. Follow the latest news on today's stoppage under #huelgaUPR [es] and #paroUPR [es].

Trinidad & Tobago: The Savannah Stage

  7 December 2010

Trinidad Carnival Diary “think[s] it is time for The Savannah Stage 101, a series of tips and advice to those of you who may not have yet been introduced to the ‘Big Yard’.”

Cuba: 11 Prisoners

  7 December 2010

Uncommon Sense laments the fact that a month after the agreed deadline to release “52 Cuban political prisoners in jail since the ‘black spring’ of 2003…11 of the prisoners remain in jail, apparently because of their refusal to accept forced exile overseas as a condition of their release.”

Barbados: Drinking & Driving

  7 December 2010

On the heels of another serious road accident, Barbados Free Press laments the absence of breathalyzer laws, saying: “Our culture embraces drinking and driving and, in the absence of an accident, a drinking driver is more likely to be viewed with humour rather than with concern.”

Bermuda: Media Sensationalisation

  7 December 2010

“New rule, mass media, how about not displaying all the symbols and graffiti done up by these local gangs?” BeachLime.com thinks it's time the media stops giving them credibility.

Russia: Khimki Local Provider Blocked Environmentalist Website

RuNet Echo  7 December 2010

Telincom, Khimki city Internet provider, applied regional blocking technique by preventing access of its users (all other users could freely access the website) to the environmentalist website ecmo.ru, kasparov.ru reported. The blocking started after the website began to collect signatures for the dismissal of the local mayor, Vladimir Strelchenko.

Malaysia's 14-Year Old Bride

  7 December 2010

Should a 14-year old girl be allowed to marry? Malaysia's Syariah Court has recently allowed a 14-year old girl to marry a 23-year old teacher. Bloggers debate on child marriages

Morocco: Bloggers Survey Flood Damage

  7 December 2010

Last week, heavy rains throughout Morocco flooded large swaths of the country, disrupting travel and telecommunications and killing at least 30 people, including 24 who perished when their bus was swept away by a flooding river in Bouznika, south of the capital, Rabat. Bloggers share their stories about the rain here.

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