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2 March 2011

Stories from 2 March 2011

Chile: Taking Stock a Year After the Earthquake

Last weekend marked the first anniversary of the earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale which hit Chile in the early hours of February 27, 2010. Many were prompted to...

Libya: “Breaking News: Gaddafi is Lying”

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi spoke for more than three hours on state television Wednesday March 2, 2011, denying that anti-government protesters and members of the military were mobilizing...

Tunisia: Refugee Crisis at the Libya Border

The border between Tunisia and Libya has seen a massive influx of refugees since the uprising in Libya began. The initial journey is long and tough, and for most it...

Venezuela: 101 things to do in Caracas before you die

Mirelis Morales Tovar in Caracas Ciudad de la Furia [es] lists 101 things to do in the Venezuelan capital before you die. She also asks readers to add their own...

Peru: ComparaYA Informs Voters About Candidate's Proposals

Juan Arellano at Globalizado [es] writes about ComparaYA [es], an online initiative by the Civil Transparency Association [es] to inform voters on candidate's proposals and their stance on issues. Voters...

South Korea: Mapping Burial Grounds

South Korean net users have created a Google map listing where the culled cattle were buried. South Korean government dumped about a quarter of its herd on numerous spots throughout the country to slow down its worst...

Brazil: Outrage of Brazilian Woman Deported from Spain

The deportation from Spain of Brazilian holidaymaker Denise Severo, a 34-year-old university researcher, has once again raised the issue of immigration between the two countries. Severo has written an open...

Cameroon: The Will for Change, Interview with Kah Walla (Audio)

On February 23, 2011, Cameroonians organised an Egypt-inspired protest which saw the few brave participants badly beaten by police. Kah Walla, an organiser of the protest and herself a presidential...

Bolivia: More Ways to Help Victims of Massive Mudslide

Blogger Pablo Andrés Rivero [es] lists aid related information netizens can spread on social networks to help the victims of the massive mudslide that destroyed hundreds of homes in La...

Mexico: ACTA Public Hearings Kick Off

The controversial Anti-Counterfeit Commercial Agreement --widely known as ACTA-- is currently under discussion in the Mexican Senate in response to opposition from civil society to the way the treaty's negotiation...

Cuba: Independence or Authoritariansim?

Generation Y observes the preparations for a military parade, calling it “the choreography of authoritarianism.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Political Financing

Afra Raymond posts his third submission to the Commission of Enquiry into the CL Financial collapse, in which he questions political party financing.

Cuba: An Unnecessary Death

“It is not about ideology. It is a matter of humanity. The government of Cuba would gain credibility if, at one year after the death of Zapata, they would apologize...

Cuba: Flamenco Dancing

Havana Times interviews Danny Villalonga, “one of the most applauded male figures of flamenco in Cuba.”

Russia: Photographer Complains About Illegal Activities in Moscow Metro

Photographer Alexei Vitvitskiy posted pictures of allegedly illegal activities in one of the central stations of Moscow metro “Komsomolskaya.” “Here they opened a market of illegal immigrants,” Vitvitskiy wrote. ”...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Death Penalty Debate

“Rather than focus on trying to remove the perceived barriers to implementing the death penalty, the government should be focused on other things that don't need Opposition support for implementation”:...

Russia: New Crowd Sourcing Web Project Will Monitor Politician's Promises

Online activists from Yekaterinburg has launched DalSlovo.Ru (“Gave a Word .ru”), a new crowd sourcing portal that will report all promises made by politicians and check if these promises are fulfilled. So...

Russia: Social Network Initiative Draws Attention to Soldiers Killed in Army

New initiative of “The Right of Mother” foundation uses popular Russian social network Odnoklassniki.ru to feature the profiles of 30 young soldiers who were registered users of the network and...

Russia: Popular Social Platform Identified as Space for “Infringing Materials”

A recent report [ENG] by the Office of The U.S. Trade Representative identifies Vkontakte.ru, the most popular social platform in Russia, as facilitating “unauthorized access to allegedly infringing materials.”

China: A Deadly Train Trip

The Ministry of Tofu translated an online appeal letter written by the parent of a male student, Zhao Wei, who died in his train trip back home. His parent believed...

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