Stories from 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.
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'”.
Bloggings by Boz argues that “the intense US and global media focus on Mexico's violence risks missing the ‘more dangerous than Mexico’ countries.” He shares statistics that show that Honduras, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia and Jamaica have higher homicide rates than Mexico.
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.”
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.
Ashwin looks at the main differences between an Indian MBA and a Foreign MBA education.
“Help Map for Russian Winter” (Holoda.info), a new crowdsourcing project, was launched in Russia to address the problems of people who are affected by cold weather. RIA Novosti news agency reports [RUS] that the website's goal is to raise awareness about people suffering from the lack of heating and other...
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…”
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.
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!”
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.”
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.
In Trance Líquido [es], Lilliam Nieves analyzes the recent theft of three masterpieces of the Puerto Rican paintor José Campeche from the National Gallery.
Several Colombian videobloggers took on the challenge of making one video per day during 2010. While not all finished, it is important to recognize the effort made by those who joined this global idea.
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.
Andrés Colmán Gutiérrez in Ñangapiry News writes [es] about the show on January 1st that began this year's bicentennial celebration in Paraguay.
Xu Jun's comic shows the power of microblog in China vividly. (via China Media Project)
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...
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...
Here are the top stories in the Southeast Asia region in 2010 as reported by the Southeast Asia team of Global Voices.
A farm boy's online posting about how he and his family watched all their cattle be killed, has inspired even more public outrage against a decision by the South Korean government to cull all animals at risk of contracting foot-and-mouth disease as a preventive measure.