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13 April 2011

Stories from 13 April 2011

Mexico: Netizens Deploy the “Failed State” Meme

The idea of Mexico as an actual or potential "failed state," pending since its introduction into public discourse in 2008 following news of a report to this effect by the...

Puerto Rico: Blogging Again

After a long hiatus, one of Puerto Rico's blogging pioneers, Manuel Clavell Carrasquillo, has returned to Estruendomudo [es]. He comes back with a brief reflection [es] on Pablo Casals and...

Puerto Rico: Performance and Roots

Music scholar, musician and blogger Raquel Z. Rivera interviews [es] the Puerto Rican dancer and choreographer Noemí Segarra about her latest piece, “de rumbo de rumba.”

Puerto Rico: What is a consensual relationship?

Journalist and blogger Mari Mari Narvaez reflects on the Supreme Court's decision [es] to exclude “adulterous” victims from the special protections offered by the Law against Domestic Violence of Puerto Rico.

Suriname: Mickey Mouse Art

Mickey Mouse as “a customized symbol for progress”? Srananart's Blog explains.

Grenada, Caribbean: WICB Woes

Blah Bloh Blog is unimpressed with the new logo for the West Indies Cricket Team, while WICB Expose renames the Calypso Cup the “Collapso Cup”.

Barbados, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, U.S.V.I.: Flood Waters

Reports of severe flood damage in St. Vincent and Barbados, here and here, and an earthquake in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Cuba: Targeting Bloggers?

“The personal freedoms of members of the alternative blogosphere are at risk after the official media publicly accused them of being mercenaries”: Laritza Diversent says that referring to bloggers in...

Jamaica: Divine Poetry

Diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp says of Kwame Dawes’ poem Shook Foil: “There is a divine symmetry of the human with music and the landscape– evidence of a ‘natural mystic’ transforming...

Swaziland: Protest Leaders, Journalists Arrested

Activists in Swaziland took to the streets of Manzini on Tuesday and Wednesday demanding political reform and calling on King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to return power to...

Guyana: Giving Fish a Bad Name

Boy, does Guyana-Gyal have a fish story for you!

Portugal: Squatting an Empty School in Porto

A group of citizens called ES.COL.A (school) [an acronymn for self-managed collective space] has occupied a Portuguese public school that had been abandoned by the municipality of Porto 5 years ago....

Interview with Gaël Brassac, Global Voices Translator

Translators are the behind-the-scenes contributors who allow Global Voices readers to access our content in other languages. One of them is Gaël Brassac who lives in France, but who always...

Japan: Quakebook, a book born on Twitter

Journalist and blogger Jake Adelstein presents Quakebook [en], “a compilation of art, stories, and essays to raise money for Japan earthquake survivors” which started with a single tweet. The book,...

Russia: Regional FSB Tries to Prosecute Blogger for Anti-Putin Photo

Kasparov.ru writes [ru] about the case of Georgiy Sarkisyan, leader of Orel city United Civil Front. Sarkisyan had posted a photo [ru] with a slogan “Putin – pid…z” (an offensive...

Japan: A Japanese medical aid worker's diary

Anonymous translator ( @anontrans) translated into English some blog entries posted by “a Japanese nurse who was dispatched to Rikuzentakata, Iwate, Japan as a member of one of the first...

Mozambique: Police Attack Protesting Workers

On the 6th of April, police officers from the Rapid Intervention Force (FIR) used violence to put an end to a protest by the employees of the private security firm...

Malaysia: Cyber Attacks Shut Down Independent News Website

Malaysiakini, an independent news portal in Malaysia, has been inaccessible since Tuesday 12 April, 2011, after being targeted by cyber attacks. The attacks came a few days before an important...

China: Cleaning Up Shenzhen

Mary Ann O'Donnell blogs about the recent urban cleansing movement in Shenzhen, which has rid 80,000 “dangerous people” out of Shenzhen city. While most of the mainstream media praised the...

Cambodia: Durian statue in Kampot

Tales from an Expat reports that the durian statue in Kampot, Cambodia is now complete in time for the Khmer New Year. Durian is a tasty fruit in Southeast Asia.

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