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12 April 2011

Stories from 12 April 2011

Brazil: The Wikicity of Porto Alegre

PortoAlegre.cc [pt] is a platform for “understanding, debating, inspiring and transforming [Porto Alegre]” based on the concept of Wikicity. The platform was designed in the Brazilian university Vale do Rio...

Belarus: Beyond Bomb or Blast

Even before the smoke from Monday's Minsk Metro blast dispersed, the dual question of: "What is to be done? - Who is to blame?" arose in the Belarusian blogosphere. Two...

Uganda: #walk2work Arrests Spur Hunger Strike, Future Protests

Rather than backing down after the arrest of two Ugandan opposition leaders for staging a "Walk to Work" protest against high fuel and food prices on Monday, Ugandan activists have...

Peru: Reactions Following the First 2011 Electoral Round

After celebrating the elections in Peru, the results indicate a second round between Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori. Bloggers, candidates, and analysts coincide that the result is principally a "vote...

Armenia: Starlet ‘upset’ about Turkish magazine cover

Ianyan comments on attempts by the Armenian lobby in the U.S. to scandalize the use of a photograph of American-Armenian starlet Kim Kardashian on the cover of this month's Turkish...

Guatemala: The Women Running for President

Mike in Central American Politics writes about the women running for president in Guatemala, and argues that “Guatemala is almost guaranteed to have a woman occupy the presidency or vice...

El Salvador: Leader in Anti-Mining Movement Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

“Francisco Pineda, a leader in the anti-mining movement in Cabañas, was named yesterday one of the 2011 recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize,” Tim reports in his blog on El...

Caribbean: Gayle's Performance

When it comes to the calibre of Chris Gayle's captaincy, WICB Expose says, tongue-in-cheek, that “we don’t know who to believe.”

Cuba: No Questions Asked

“We have to see Fidel Castro as a piece of living history. A stream of bright ideas…the only comandante. The man who never makes mistakes”: Iván García would like to...

Colombia: Citizens Reject Proposal to Reform Higher Education Law 30

Colombian President Santos' proposal to reform the Higher Education Law 30 has not been received well. Despite some accepting it, the loudest voices heard, online and in the streets, have...

Fukushima: Public Criticism and a Rising Anger

Open protests against Tepco as operator and the government as monitor had been relatively muted until recently, but this has now changed. For many foreigners however, used to much bigger...

China: What Happened to Chinese Facebook Users on April 5, 2011

Shanghaiist found out from Social Bakers that on April 5, about 40% (250,000) of Chinese Facebookers disappeared.

China: Netizens’ Comments on Food Safety

China Geek translated some Chinese netizens’ comments on food safety.

Czech Republic: The President's Chilean Pen Incident

The Reference Frame comments on the Czech President Václav Klaus’ successful attempt to steal a protocol pen during a joint press conference with the Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in Chile.

Zimbabwe: No hope for security sector reforms

Sokwanele has no hope for security sector reforms in Zimbabwe: “Zimbabwe’s security forces comprise the Central Intelligence Organisation, Zimbabwe National Army, Airforce of Zimbabwe, Police and the Prisons, whose commanders...

Belarus: Reactions to Subway Explosion

A bomb blast inside the Oktyabrskaya station of the Minsk metro has so far left 11 dead and wounded hundreds. Ashley Cleek had been collecting information and bloggers' reactions in...

Uganda: “Mary the elephant” killed

“Window shopping elephant” in Uganda has been killed: “The female elephant, recently risen to fame when pictures were published in the Uganda media about walking along the Katunguru roadside stores,...

Russia: Two Projects Win The BOBs People's Choice Awards

Two Russian projects win The Best of Blogs People's Choice Awards. They are: rospil.info, crowdsourcing anti-corruption community in the nomination “The Best Use of Technology for Social Good,” and the...

Côte d'Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo's Fall

On April 11 2011, Laurent Gbagbo was arrested at his residence in Cocody, with his wife, Simone, and their close entourage. The crisis that plagued the country has now seemingly...

South Koreans Baffled By Five Consecutive University Suicides

South Koreans are buzzing over recurring suicides which occurred in one prestigious university. The school's unique penalty tuition system which was adopted by the president of the school also went...

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