4 May 2011

Stories from 4 May 2011

Guatemala: Rigoberta Menchú to Run for President

  4 May 2011

Nobel Peace Prize and indigenous activist Rigoberta Menchú will be nominated as the Frente Amplio de Izquierda presidential candidate, according to recent reports [es]. Mike in Central American Politics thinks that “even with the rejuvenated Guatemalan left, it's unlikely that Manchu (or any other left candidate) will impact the outcome of...

Pakistan: Probing Questions After Bin Laden

  4 May 2011

Three days after the assassination of Osama Bin Laden in a compound less than 2 kilometers away from the country's premier military academy, a lot of questions remain unanswered. As the world media continues to criticize and demand answers from Pakistani authorities, Pakistanis have also raised similar questions and continue to discuss possible scenarios.

Costa Rica: Historical Firsts in May Day Crisis of Headless Congress

  4 May 2011

On the first of May, for the first time since 1949, the Costa Rican congress was unable to elect new representatives to lead them. And also for the first time in 75 years, because of the headless congress, President Laura Chinchilla was unable to give her yearly review in the May Day speech. Bloggers explain how the situation arose.

Palestine: Gaza Celebrates Hamas/Fatah Reconciliation

Palestinian rival factions Fatah and Hamas ended their bitter feud today, in a reconciliation deal brokered in Cairo, Egypt. News of the deal, which will unite the Gaza Strip, which had been under Hamas' control, and the West Bank, which was under the grip of the Fatah movement, was welcomed with celebrations in Gaza.

Côte d'Ivoire: New Videos Detail Capture of Former President

  4 May 2011

After the arrest in the city of Abidjan on April 11, 2011, of Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Cote d'Ivoire, and his wife Simone, some confusion remains regarding the process that led to his capture. Website Abidjan.net has published a series of videos that show the sequence of events of the Gbagbos' arrest, from the bombing of their residence by French Special Forces, to the transfer of the Gbagbo family to the Hotel du Golf.

Mexico: Netizens Put Death of Osama Bin Laden in Context

  4 May 2011

As news of United States Special Forces' targeted killing of Osama Bin Laden was broadcast around the world, netizens in Mexico tweeted and blogged their responses to this signal event in the “war on terror.” Tellingly, in the vast majority of cases their language invoked the “war on drugs” that has been imposed on them by their own government since 2006.

Tanzania: Is Osama Bin Laden Really Dead?

  4 May 2011

The Tanzanian blogosphere has taken the news of death of the al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden with a pinch of salt. While few voices welcomed the news, a number of blog readers expressed doubts and came up with a number conspiracy theories.

Russia: Anti-Corruption Donor Details Leaked

In the middle of April 2011, donors to the Russian anti-corruption, whistle-blowing website Rospil.info [ru] began to report that they had received strange calls and emails from unknown people, some claiming to be journalists, asking about their donations to Rospil and why they support the website’s founder, popular Russian blogger Alexey Navalny.

Suriname: Street Art

  4 May 2011

Srananart's Blog says that “Suriname has known a flourishing culture of street art, with the painted buses and the colorful shave-ice carts as eye catchers that make a lasting impression on people”, explaining how it “resulted in a beautiful book…and with the book came a unique exhibition, taking street art...

Bahamas: Safer Prisoner Transport

  4 May 2011

“We should not have our lives or property put at risk to accommodate the prisoners”: Weblog Bahamas‘ Jerome Pinder thinks that “the current practice [of transporting prisioners] remains a dangerous one for the public.”

Bermuda: Paying for Past Policies

  4 May 2011

“The Bermuda Government should be sitting on several hundred million dollars of surpluses…instead we're incurring expensive debt which could take more than 10 years to retire”: Bermudian bloggers think the economic and social forecast looks grim.

Jamaica, U.S.A.: News & Children

  4 May 2011

“While the US government ponders what pictures to release, I ponder what pictures to try to censor”: Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac blogs about how to explain Osama Bin Laden's death in age-appropriate terms to children.

China: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  4 May 2011

The past week has seen a real-life version of film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” reenacted in China. The Chinese protagonist, Xu Wu, has been detained in a psychiatric hospital for four years over a labour dispute against a state-run enterprise. He escaped from the hospital and told his story to a television station, but police forced their way into the station building and abducted Xu, remanding him back to the psychiatric ward.

Indonesia: Kartini Day

  4 May 2011

Tikno blogs about Raden Ajeng Kartini, a pioneer of women's rights in Indonesia. Kartini Day, which is being celebrated in Indonesia every April, is similar to Mother's Day in Western countries.

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