13 December 2010

Stories from 13 December 2010

Azerbaijan: Looking in from the outside

  13 December 2010

For those living in a particular country, many things can sometimes be taken for granted. But when others from outside discover it for the first time, often experiencing new colors and traditions, a fresh insight is often the result.

Costa Rica: The History of a Village in Calypso Songs

  13 December 2010

Walter "Gavitt" Ferguson, said to be the last remaining Calypsonian, has become the memory keeper of Cahuita in Costa Rica's Caribbean south. He sings about his life and the history of his town; from Cacao plantation, to banana republic and finally, to national park and touristic destination.

Azerbaijan: Adnan and Emin are back… and say thank you

  13 December 2010

In Mutatione Fortitudo posts the first YouTube video by Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli since their release. In the video, the two video blogging youth activists in Azerbaijan say thank you to all those who followed their case and contributed to international pressure calling for their release. From world leaders...

Russia: Google Launches Search of Russian Blogs

RuNet Echo  13 December 2010

Google launches blogsearch.google.ru, Russian-language blog search service. One of it's functions – to display the most discussed news of the Russian blogosphere. Almost a year ago, Yandex.ru, Russia's most popular search engine, closed a similar blog rating. Yandex claimed that the blog search and rating of blog entries wasn't efficient. Political...

Russia: A New Initiative to Release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

RuNet Echo  13 December 2010

Few days before the court will announce its verdict on the second trial of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a new online initiative suggests to promise president Medvedev electoral support in exchange of Khodorkovsky's release. Led by Mikhail Gurevich, executive director of Russian media corporation RBC Group, the project launched a Facebook group [RUS]...

Tanzania: The promising future of social media

  13 December 2010

Proches Tairo is the founder of Bongoline, a new online community for Tanzanians. I conducted an interview with him about the use of social media in Tanzania with particular reference to 2010 Tanzania General Elections. He contends that although the majority of Tanzanians are not currently using social media, the future looks promising.

Nicaragua-Costa Rica Conflict, Revisited: Part II

  13 December 2010

This is the second part of a walk-through of the Nicaraguan and Costa Rican blogospheres discussing the recent border dispute between the countries. The conflict, which started November 2nd, has become more complex. In this second part, we cover three parts of the crisis: Nationalism in the media, "the X word", and self-assessment and analysis from Nicaragua.

Haiti: More Than Politics

  13 December 2010

As the wrangling continues after Haiti's controversial elections, prophet N asks: “How will these political solutions fix something that has become about so much more than politics?”

Russia: President Medvedev Argues with a Fake Lawmaker's Twitter

RuNet Echo  13 December 2010

President Medvedev had a Twitter clash with a fake Twitter account of Alexander Khinshtein, Russian lawmaker. The clash was about Medvedev's relations with the Belorussian president Alexander Lukashenko. Surprisingly, real Khinshtein apologized for the fake accounts’ critique.  According to RT,  “fake top official's accounts flood RuNet.”

Puerto Rico: Police Occupies the University of Puerto Rico

  13 December 2010

After the conclusion of a two day walk out organized by students, the Police has occupied the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico for the first time since 1981 in anticipation of a possible student strike on December 14. The blogosphere and social media networks are buzzing with reactions.

Barbados: Recession Christmas

  13 December 2010

Cheese-on-bread! acknowledges that this Christmas “feels a bit different because, well, let's face it, we're in a recession”, and offers a few ways to “enjoy the holidays and not break the bank.”

Jamaica: Celebrated Journalist Dies

  13 December 2010

Distinguished Jamaican journalist John Maxwell has passed away; The National Gallery of Jamaica Blog pays him tribute, while Geoffrey Philp adds: “In this time of Wiki Leaks and other journalistic scandals, his ethics, wisdom, and courage are surely needed…”

Digital historical archive Japan Air Raids

  13 December 2010

Cary Karacas and Bret Fisk [ja] run the digital historical archive Japan Air Raids. The site, available in English and Japanese, is “an ongoing project to build a digital archive dedicated to the international dissemination of information about the World War II air raids against Japan”.

Brazil: Recognition of the Palestinian State

  13 December 2010

On December 3, 2010 Brazil officially recognized [pt] the Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. The Brazilian blogsphere reaction is an analysis of the meaning of the recognition for the Brazilian government and it's practical effects.

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