5 January 2011

Stories from 5 January 2011

El Salvador: Political Violence in Cabañas

  5 January 2011

Voices from El Salvador's Weblog reports: “Another wave of political violence swept through Cabañas, El Salvador over the Christmas Holiday […] The tension between the local civil society organizations that led the anti-mining movement and local power structures continues to grow and result in threats and violence.”

Featured Translator: Adriana Gutiérrez

  5 January 2011

Let's meet a translator from Global Voices in Spanish: Adriana Gutiérrez. In this interview she tells us about her activities, how she got involved with the Lingua project and of course, about her beloved country: Venezuela.

Pakistan: A Nepali On The Assassination Of Salman Taseer

  5 January 2011

Nepali blogger Bhumika Ghimire comments on the recent assassination of the Punjab governor Salman Taseer: “Yes, the murderer was called a hero. I will not mention his name here, he does not deserve to be known. His deeds are enough to condemn him. But to honor this man by the...

Paraguay: Government Enacts Law on Languages

  5 January 2011

E'a [es] reports that the Paraguayan government has enacted a Law on Languages. Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources explains that,”The law requires public institutions to use the Guarani language as determined by the Constitution.”

Venezuela: Opposition Returns to National Assembly

  5 January 2011

In a post titled “The end of an error,” Juan Cristobal reports: “Today, Venezuela’s opposition returned to the National Assembly they boycotted five years ago.” He adds: “It would be easy to dismiss this as inconsequential political theater. Yet the fact remains that the majority of Venezuelans who voted for...

Zimbabwe: 2011 SMS Resolutions

  5 January 2011

2011 SMS resolutions in Zimbabwe: “This morning we asked our email and SMS subscribers “Whats your resolution about how you’ll get involved in making change happen in 2011′?” Of the 70+ responses we’ve received so far, the most popular response from our subscribers is that they would vote (21 said...

Kenya: Kenya Police Website Hacked

  5 January 2011

Kelvin reacts to news about the hacking of the Kenyan police website: “So, yeah. The Kenya police website was broken into. Twice. In a time-frame of a few days. It makes me wonder whether the boys in blue really do take cyber security seriously. This time the hacker even exposed...

Africa: Tackling Africa’s Classified Listings Space

  5 January 2011

Tackling Africa's classified listings space: “The only other classifieds system that has made a dent in Africa is Kerawa, operated out of Cameroon. They have thousands of listings in quite a few countries. They’ve done this over the last 3 years, bootstrapped and growing organically.”

Trinidad & Tobago: R.I.P. Sir Ellis

  5 January 2011

Trinidad and Tobago's first President, Sir Ellis Clarke, passed away last week; Caribbean Camera has the details on funeral arrangements and how people can pay their last respects.

Jamaica: On Wikileaks

  5 January 2011

Active Voice maintains that “the single most important thing to have happened globally last year was Wikileaks.”

Madagascar: Lemur Poisoning On the Rise

  5 January 2011

Mongabay writes that the environmental NGO Fanamby in Madagascar warns of a new practice of poisoning lemurs to poach them [Warning: graphic images]. Fanamby also notes that lemur poaching and rosewood trafficking are on the rise since the political crisis of 2009 (fr).

China: Politics of the surrounding gaze

  5 January 2011

Xiao Mi from the China Media Project interviewed Hu Yong on the Chinese online culture of “surrounding gaze”, who explains why netizens believe that they can change the world by the collective action of gaze.

China: Whistleblower detained in mental home for 14 years

  5 January 2011

Jing Gao from Ministry of Tofu summarizes a report from Tianya forum written by Guo Hanyun, who claims that her father Guo Yuanrong, a cadre at the Bureau of Construction in Zhuxi County of Shiyan, Hubei, has been locked up in Shiyan Mental Hospital for 14 years for blowing the...

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