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4 April 2011

Stories from 4 April 2011

Ukraine: Entrepreneurs, Tax Code and Civic Initiative

GV Author Tetyana Bohdanova of Good Girl Gone Ukrainian sums up the situation with small and medium business in Ukraine in the aftermath of the Tax Code protests of 2010.

Japan: SOS from a city near Fukushima nuclear plant

The mayor of Minami Soma, a small city next to the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, asked for help through a video [en, ja] posted on Youtube. The mayor launched...

Maldives: Democracy Failing

Maria Mohamed explains why she thinks that Maldives is a failed democracy.

Iran: Protests for a Drying Lake

Dozens of protesters were arrested on April 2, 2011 in Iran's Azerbaijan region in the cities Tabriz and Urmia (northwestern Iran). This time protests were not for democracy and freedom,...

Nepal: Frustrated Undercurrents

Last week, Nepal's Finance Secretary Rameshwor Khanal was apparently forced to resign. Known for his straight forward working style and exemplary work ethnic, the news of his departure came as...

Announcing the Newest Rising Voices Grantees

Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, is pleased to announce the five newest members to join its global community of citizen media grantees. Each of the selected projects...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines:

Abeni blogs about a “heinous crime [which] came on the eve of Child Awareness month…”, using the opportunity to make a statement about a society in crisis.

Cuba: Exiled Voice Awarded

“Unmasking the penitentiary system on the island from within its insides was the goal, despite all the limitations attached with being imprisoned”: Pablo Pacheco Avila remembers how his blog was...

Trinidad & Tobago: Laughlin's “Small Husband”

almostisland posts links to the poetry of Nicholas Laughlin; Pleasure reviews his work, saying: “Laughlin's poetry is also a deeply Caribbean meditation, in its concern with the geography of self-actualisation...

China: Ai Weiwei Detained, Initial Twitter Reactions

China’s best known artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei, was detained in Beijing as he tried to board a flight to Hong Kong on Sunday 3 April, 2011. Ai is the...

Trinidad & Tobago: PSC Chair Removed

Trinidad and Tobago News Blog posts a release from the Office of the President, confirming that he has revoked the appointment of the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, following...

Jamaica: Senior Citizens Ill-treated

“The accomplishments of a nation meaningless if the weakest of its citizens cannot expect be treated with dignity, be treated as a human, the most basic of rights”: Beyondbee is...

Nigeria: Bloggers React to Parliamentary Non-Polls

Polls or non-polls? Nigerian bloggers respond to the postponed parliamentary elections that were supposed to be held on Saturday April 2, 2011.

Brazil: Making the web accessible to the hearing impaired

Leonardo Leite, on the blog Stoa, writes [pt] about Poli-Libras – a software developped in the University of Sao Paulo that translates contextualized sentences in Portuguese language to 3D graphics...

Peru: Poll Results One Week Before the Presidential Election

Peru will hold presidential elections next Sunday, April 10, and Bloggings by boz posts the latest poll results: “The only accurate prediction you can make today is that there will...

Russia: Starting the Moscow Metro

Metro Dream by Russos writes about [RUS] the initial construction work on the Moscow Metro and posts pictures from the period.

Ukraine: How to reform the country

Leigh Turner, British ambassador to Ukraine, recounts expert advise on economic reform in the country.

Côte d'Ivoire: Humanitarian Aid Via Twitter Hashtag

In the midst of the current political turmoil in Côte d'Ivoire, the Twitter hashtag #civ2010 has been providing an essential source of information in the country. However, many Twitter users...

Azerbaijan: Opposition leader's son sent to frontline

whatwaswritten says that the son of an opposition leader in Azerbaijan serving in the army has been sent to the front line following this weekend's protests in Baku, the capital....

Cuba: US Contractor Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

According to the Cuban daily newspaper Granma, US citizen Alan Gross was sentenced to 15 years in prison in Cuba on March 12, 2011, upon being convicted of illegally distributing...

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