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13 May 2011

Stories from 13 May 2011

Uganda: Women's Groups, Lawyers Join Walk to Work Protests

As Uganda's Walk to Work protests enter their second month, the original group of opposition politicians has now been joined by women's organizations and lawyers who are angered not only...

Cuba: Different Sides of the Soto Story

The Cuban Triangle defends his position on the controversy surrounding the death of Juan Wilfredo Soto, saying: “What I was doing, in a case where police brutality is alleged and...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Firing of King

Bloggers are still reacting to the firing of the Minister of Planning, with aka_lol saying, tongue-in-cheek: “I think it is wise for any Government to promptly get rid of any...

South Korea: Blogger's Phone Review Deleted by Samsung

In South Korea, an influential blogger's review on a Samsung smartphone was removed due to pressure from the manufacturer. Internet users have harshly criticised the nation's biggest conglomerate, Samsung Electronics...

Haiti: Taking Responsibility for Cholera

Stanley Lucas thinks that “this [UN] mission needs to be held accountable for its actions, including the cholera, and should be more responsibly managed – or it needs to be...

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Warner & the UK's World Cup Bid

“The allegation by English officials that four FIFA members acted inappropriately is beginning to gain some traction in the United Kingdom”: Barbados Underground wonders whether Jack Warner has “bitten off...

Jamaica: The Simple Life

Diaspora blogger Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac wants to keep things simple.

India: 34 Years of Communist Rule Ends in West Bengal

West Bengal today witnessed history in the making when the Indian state's 34 year long Communist rule was ousted from power by Mamata Banerje - leader of the All India...

Uganda: Police Paint Protesters Pink

Ugandan police have responded to the past month's ongoing Walk to Work protests by spraying protesters with tear gas and live bullets. During a demonstration on Tuesday, they took a...

Germany: Learning German with a Blog

Every Tuesday, Canadian expat Marie in Berlin uploads recordings of the peculiar new words she learns in German to her blog.

Greece: Wave of Racist Attacks on Immigrants in Athens

In the past days, right-wing extremists in Athens, Greece have launched pogrom-like attacks on immigrants in the downtown Athens area. Dozens have been injured. It began on May 10, one...

East Timor: Cartoons on Development and Everyday Life

The website Sapo.TL features a photo album from an exhibition [pt] in Lisbon with a selection of illustrations from the portuguese architect and cartoonist João Baptista. Baptista created the blog...

May 11, 1981: 30 Years Ago, Bob Marley and François Mitterrand

“François Mitterrand and Bob Marley, united for eternity on May 11th 1981″, [fr] is a post on the blog Calédosphère commemorating the 30th anniversary of the passing of the “God...

Eritrea: The Plight of Eritrea Refugees in Egypt

Release Eritrea, a charity based in the UK, is concerned about the plight of Eritrean refugees in Egypt: “In recent days, five Eritreans have been shot by the Egyptian border...

Russia: Blogger Continues to Fight for Right to Photograph

Popular photoblogger Ilya Varlamov (zyalt) continues to report on the violations of his constitutional rights to freely photograph in any public place. Varlamov's latest attempts to take pictures in the...

Uganda: Museveni’s Swearing in Overshadowed by Rival's Return

Ugandan netizens discuss the swearing in ceremony of Uganda’s president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni which was overshadowed by the arrival of his rival and three time challenger Dr. Kizza Besigye who...

Russia: Quantitative Research Proves Blogs Set an Alternative News Agenda

Bruce Etling, Berkman Center scholar and one of the authors of the “Mapping of the Russian Blogosphere” research, posts the initial results of the Russian online media content analysis. While the...

Russia: Opposition Blogger's Trial Starts After a Year of Detention

Caucasian Knot reports on [ru] Alauddin (Aleksey) Dudko's trial that started only on May 10, 2011, year after his arrest. Dudko (LJ-user ingushetiya_ru), opposition blogger, had been charged with drug...

China: Police Violence and Public Anger

C. Custer from China Geeks translated two ordinary news stories and netizens’ reaction about police violence and public anger.

Russia: North Caucasian Website DDoS-attacked and Hacked

Caucasian Knot reports [ru] a hacker attack on golosingushetii.ru (Voice of Ingushetia), an independent North Caucasian website. In March 2011, the website was subject to a DDoS attack. This time the...

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