3 January 2011

Stories from 3 January 2011

Cuba: Las Charangas de Bejucal

  3 January 2011

Repeating Islands links to an article on Las Charangas de Bejucal, a traditional new year's festival in a town not far from Havana, featuring illuminated floats, music, and dancing.

Jamaica: broken dreams

  3 January 2011

At the start of the new year, Jamaican blogger Ruthibelle contemplates “a people who must live not as they want, but as they are compelled to by ‘circumstances beyond their control'”.

Sri Lanka: Homegrown Reconciliation Process

  3 January 2011

Kanishka Ratnapriya at Groundviews wonders whether Sri Lankans can create more opportunities for themselves “to establish a sustainable peace with the end of war in Sri Lanka by creating a culture of inclusiveness, equality and respect for all communities.”

Tunisia: Anonymous vs Ammar – Who Wins the Battle of Censorship?

The Tunisian censor, commonly known as Ammar, continues to wreak havoc on activists' account, in a country that has been witnessing a wave of protests since the middle of December. Just today, activists claimed that the government has hacked into their email accounts, accessing their blogs and social networking sites, and disabling them. The move seems to have come in retaliation to an attack by Anonymous, which has targeted vital Tunisian government sites and gateways.

Ghana: Ghana 2010 – My Top 10 Memories

  3 January 2011

Tagoe shares memories of 2010 with his readers: “5. South Africa shames critics, Asamoah Gyan disappoints Africa: In June-July South Africa, proved its critics wrong by staging a very colorful and memorable World Cup. This was the very first time an African nation had organised a world cup event…”

Puerto Rico: Students Use Social Media

  3 January 2011

The Committee of Student Representatives (CRE in Spanish) used social media networks to transmit their message in favor of having a dialogue to end the student strike at the University of Puerto Rico.

South Africa: Starting 2011 without illegal Africans

  3 January 2011

Starting the year without illegal Africans in South Africa: “…this is how South Africa, it's government and people have decided to start the year: All Zimbabweans residing in SA ”illegally” should apply for residence or will be repatriated to Zimbabwe!”

Kenya: Farewell Kenya's “Wikileaks”

  3 January 2011

Farewell Mars Group Kenya, the Kenyan equivalent of Wikileaks: “While the world awaits the release of more cable from Wikileaks, some unfortunate news comes from Kenya where the equivalent of Wikileaks – the anti-corruption watchdog Mars Group Kenya – inexplicably took down their website in mid December.”

Sudan: Countdown to Southern Sudan Referendum

  3 January 2011

Southern Sudan will hold a referendum on whether or not it should remain as a part of Sudan on 9 January 2011. It is most likely that Africa's largest country will split into two. Here's our latest roundup of blog posts about the referendum.

Puerto Rico: Stolen Art

  3 January 2011

In Trance Líquido [es], Lilliam Nieves analyzes the recent theft of three masterpieces of the Puerto Rican paintor José Campeche from the National Gallery.

Football revival in Indonesia

  3 January 2011

Despite losing to Malaysia in the finals of the ASEAN Football Federation Cup, Indonesia's football team still has a reason to celebrate. Because of their victories in the competition, nationalism and football pride was revived in the country.

Hong Kong: Chinese patriot Szeto Wah passes away

  3 January 2011

Zhongnanhai reviews the biography of Szeto Wah, a Chinese patriot who had passed away yesterday in Hong Kong. The 79-year-old Mr. Szeto was the founder of several significant social and political organizations in Hong Kong and had devoted his life for the vindication of June 4th Incident and the democratic...

China: Rejected disabled passenger demanded compensation

  3 January 2011

Annie Lee from China Hush translates a news story from CN Reviews on a dispute between a disabled passenger, Zheng Wei Ning, who is member of Shenzhen CPPCC Standing Committee and the Shenzhen Airline. Zheng declared to have hired attorney team to file public interest litigation against Shenzhen Airline and...

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