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12 May 2011

Stories from 12 May 2011

Italy: How technology can help manage emergencies

  12 May 2011

In a crisis, how can Web 2.0 be of use to social movements and what practical help can it offer to facilitate collective action? In reality, there is no shortage of platforms which, established on a voluntary basis, using free software, harness the internet and mobile phones to gather and share information, sourced...

Bahamas, Cuba: “The Flamingo Affair”

  12 May 2011

“Thirty years ago this month, four Defence Force marines were killed when a Bahamian patrol boat was sunk by the Cuban air force”: Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith revisits what has come to be known as “The Flamingo Affair”, saying: “Probably no-one will ever understand exactly why it happened.”

Jamaica: Hyde – Art Pioneer

  12 May 2011

“He was possibly the first of Jamaica’s artists to develop the idea of working ‘serially’- creating a series of works based on a single theme”: National Gallery of Jamaica Blog honours the life of the late artist Eugene Hyde.

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Spain: Earthquake Shakes Murcia

  12 May 2011

Lorca, in the region of Murcia, Spain, was shaken by two earthquakes that have caused nine casualties to date and approximately 300 injured. Information, opinions, and support has spread through blogs and digital networks.

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China: Red Culture Fever

  12 May 2011

2011 is turning out to be a year for 'red culture' revival, mocked fiercely online but taken seriously by courts, prisons, universities, television stations and police departments in a growing number of areas throughout the country. Is it all for political show, or does it signal a pending culture war in China?

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India: Privacy for the Deceased?

  12 May 2011

The accidental death of a NIT (Calicut, Kerala) research scholar has once again sparked controversies about the privacy of women, privacy of a dead person and in general about the lingering male chauvinism in Keralan society.

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Spain: Videos of the Earthquake in Lorca

  12 May 2011

Citizen videos show the aftermath of the 5.1 and 4.5 earthquake which struck the city of Lorca in the region of Murcia, Spain on May 11th. According to the City Council, between 20 000 and 30 000 people slept on the streets, while brigades check buildings for safety.

Honduras: Pushing for Change

  12 May 2011

Jose Falck Zepeda asks: “Why are we asking, rather than pushing for change?” in a post where he argues that the root of Honduras’ problems come from “waiting and longing for the Messiah…the leader who would take us to heaven, or who would bring heaven to earth.”

Bolivia: Recycling Water for Irrigation

  12 May 2011

Roberto Laserna describes [es] how he recycles water that he later uses for irrigation. He lists some of his errors in constructing the recycling system and suggests ways to avoid common mistakes.

China: Rebuilding Beichuan

  12 May 2011

Chengdu Living posts an article written by Elias Witman, who spent an extended period aiding reconstruction efforts in a village devastated by the 2008 earthquake.

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Hong Kong: Brainwashing Education

  12 May 2011

The Hong Kong Education Bureau is planning to make patriotic education compulsory for primary and secondary school children. The objective of the Moral and National Education Curriculum is to help the students to "develop a sense of belonging to the motherland", "support national sports teams" and "appreciate Chinese culture". The plan, however, has sparked fears in the society of political brainwashing.

Pakistan: Military Using Free Email Accounts

  12 May 2011

Osama Bin Javaid criticizes Pakistan Army's use of free email servers like Hotmail and Gmail for their official purpose and reminds that these communications can be intercepted by third parties fairly easily.

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