1 April 2011

Stories from 1 April 2011

Jamaica: Public Frustration

  1 April 2011

Ruthibelle dubs the Manatt Dudus Commission of Enquiry the “Comedy of Enquiry”, then explains why she continues to watch; Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac, meanwhile, wonders whether the country is “irie” or “irate”.

Trinidad & Tobago: Mohammed's Statements

  1 April 2011

B.C. Pires and Guanaguanare take note of the fallout over the recent statements of the Police Service Commission Chair, which suggested that there is a racial imbalance in the service.

Cuba: Hope from the Carter Meeting

  1 April 2011

“I know Jimmy Carter does not hold in his hands the solutions for all of Cuba”: Still, Octavo Cerco reflects on her meeting with the former U.S. President, saying that it “remind[s] [her] that…there is a light at the end of the road.”

Jamaica: Environment Under Siege

  1 April 2011

“Jamaica’s coasts and vital mangroves have been under assault for decades from shoreline over development”: Labrish blogs about the latest victim.

Mali: Innocence Lost

  1 April 2011

Ayigbe Boys loves the innocence captured in a photo taken by Malian photographer, Malick Sidibe who is noted for his black-and-whites of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako.

Mexico Appoints its First Female Attorney General after Arturo Chavez Resigns

  1 April 2011

Erwin in The Latinamericanist reports on the resignation of Attorney General Arturo Chávez, adding that: “Chavez’ resignation opens the doors for Mexico’s first female Attorney General. Calderon named investigative prosecutor Marisela Morales to the post with the aim of deepening ‘the strategic role of the attorney general's office, in particular...

Ghana: “African Woman” by Ghana's Afro Pop Queen

  1 April 2011

Jemila writes about the latest video from Ghana's Afropop Queen, Becca titled : African Woman: “You know Circumspect couldn't pass this one by. Check out her other vids too; she has such a unique and authentic flavor and def love how she reps her African identity!”

Colombia: University Students Protest in Bogotá

  1 April 2011

Jim Wyss from Inside South America posts pictures and writes about the student protests he witnessed in the Bogotá neighbordhood La Macarena. He explains: “Colombia's congress is mulling a bill that would allow for private investment in state-run schools. Some are worried the deal would also deprive universities of their...

Guatemala: Antigua Municipal Government Removes Street Carts

  1 April 2011

Antigua Daily Photo posts pictures by Miguel De León Soto of small street carts that sell fresh fruits in Antigua, Guatemala: “he’s outraged the municipal government has removed these typical street carts without consultation. He believes these carts not only provide much needed services and products, such as fresh fruits,...

Côte d'Ivoire: The Final Battle of Abidjan

  1 April 2011

For the past few days, things have accelerated in Cote d’Ivoire. International media seems to have regained an interest in the Ivorian crisis. A status quo which would have kept the country in a complicated stalemate was feared for a while. But after the inconclusive negotiations with the African Union, Ouattara’s camp has decided to take action

Côte d'Ivoire: Abidjan in the Waning Hours of Gbagbo's Regime

  1 April 2011

The last two days have been rich in twists and turns in Côte d'Ivoire.The Forces Loyal to Ouattara started an offensive towards the South and the West of the country. In less than three days, they succeeded in taking the cities of Douékoué and reached Yamoussoukro on March 30th. Ivorians react to the escape of prisonners, the shutting down of national television RTI and the whereabout of Gbagbo:

Uzbekistan: Next on the List of Revolutions?

Last month, Alen Mattich at The Wall Street Journal produced and published an index of likely candidate countries ripe for an upheaval. The fact that Uzbekistan is 15th on the list, while Libya holds the 13th place, has provoked numerous articles in the local online media and in the blogosphere.

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