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11 April 2011

Stories from 11 April 2011

Brazil: Mapping a Traditional Music Instrument Online

  11 April 2011

Rabeca.org is an online project that aims to gather and present information about the Brazilian rabeca and Guanari rawé in a map with audio recordings, photos, texts and videos. The platform offers an opportunity to explore this fascinating instrument similar to a violin, but with a regional focus and tradition.

Russian Silicon Valley Has Unusually Expensive Website

RuNet Echo  11 April 2011

Users and web designers on one of the most popular collaborative blogs Habrahabr.ru discuss the unrealistically high budget cost for creating and promoting the website of “Skolkovo” Innovation Foundation (Russian Silicon Valley). The users point out that the website was done for more than 100,000 US dollars but with a...

Jamaica: Cruel Cartoon?

  11 April 2011

Jamaica Woman Tongue has her say about cartoonist Clovis Brown’s recent caricature of Vybz Kartel: “The genuine wit of the stinging editorial cartoon appears to have degenerated into little more than vulgar gutter sniping.”

Haiti: Relevance of Lavalas

  11 April 2011

In the context of Haiti's recent elections, Toussaint on Haiti considers Fanmi Lavalas‘ political future: “The answer is not to cancel the last elections to have new elections that include FL. The worst thing that FL can do is continue with the same arguments of the last 24 years. If...

Bahamas: The Play's the Thing

  11 April 2011

“It’s got the story, it’s got the characters, and it’s got the timing to make it succeed for the moment. But what it should be looking to do is to last…it’s not enough to write a play that inspires us just to laugh. What is required is the production of...

Cuba: Threat of the Internet

  11 April 2011

“In Cuba, access to the internet is restricted and very expensive for citizens, but it is also controlled by state institutions”: Laritza Diversent explains.

Guyana: Men's Issues

  11 April 2011

CODE RED weighs in on the fact that Guyana has launched a Men’s Affairs Bureau, saying: “It seems that Caribbean governments are unable to address men’s issues outside of a framework of re-inscribing male dominance…if the intention is to ensure men’s right to a good life why is men’s violence...

Belarus: Bombings in the Minsk Subway

RuNet Echo  11 April 2011

Belarus twitterers share information on the latest bombings in the Minsk subway via 3 main Twitter hashtags: #minsk, #minskblast, #twiby. Notolerance-cp publishes first pictures [ru] from the scene of event (warning – some disturbing scenes).

El Salvador: Blogging About Ordinary Life in El Salvador

  11 April 2011

Tim recommends the blog El Salvador from the Inside: “Written by a ‘gringa in El Salvador,’ the blog captures great scenes of ordinary life in El Salvador. Recent posts have included tales of wandering street vendors, washing in a pila, and an old gentleman and his birds.”

Mexico: Bloggers Reflect on Elections in Peru

  11 April 2011

Tim Johnson in Mexico Unmasked and Richard Grabman in The Mex Files look at Peru's elections on Sunday, April 10 and compare them to the political climate in Mexico as the country prepares for the 2012 presidential and legislative elections.

Honduras: US State Department's Human Rights Report

  11 April 2011

Greg Weeks in Two Weeks Notice comments on the US State Department's Human Rights Report on Honduras: “On the one hand, it has 47 single-spaced pages detailing a wide variety of serious abuses–acknowledgment of these abuses is commendable.  On the other, the report dances around assigning specific responsibility to anyone...

Uganda: Is It a Crime to Walk to Work?

  11 April 2011

#walk2work is a trending topic in Uganda's Twittersphere. Walk to Work is a campaign organised by the opposition in Uganda to protest high fuel and food prices.

Unimondo's Facebook campaign: “1 fan 1 albero”

  11 April 2011

“1 fan 1 tree” is the campaign launched by UniMondo, which focuses on reforestation in Kenya to balance out the C02 that we produce on a daily basis. The project is overseen by Tree is Life, a group of agroforestry youths who have already received awards for  their work. Spreading...

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