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16 May 2011

Stories from 16 May 2011

Ecuador: Three Years After the Factory Tragedy

April 19 marked three years since the fire at the Factory discotheque in Quito while a gothic rock concert was in progress. As a result, 19 were killed and 24...

Lebanon: A Personal Account from Deadly Border Protest

“In a nutshell, protesters amassed at the border armed with flags, slogans and rocks from the ground, and Israel responded by opening fire and killing nearly a dozen youths” stated Sean in...

Trinidad & Tobago: A Prince Among Wolves?

Plain Talk says that “political wolves are gathering” around the leader of the Congress of the People, noting that the party “needs at its helm a true champion divorced from...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Man Behind the Allen Prize

Through The Allen Prize for Young Writers, Lisa Allen-Agostini honours the memory of her beloved father.

Trinidad & Tobago: New Politics?

“The PP government is establishing a ‘new normal’ insofar as ethics and acceptable standards of behaviour in public office are concerned”: Despite the mixed signals, Afra Raymond welcomes the new...

Cuba: Online Challenges

“By paying in hard currency you can get on the information highway. That’s the good news. Let’s look at the bad. Virtually speaking, Cuba is an island split in two....

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: More on Bocas

More on the Bocas Lit Fest, from Annie Paul.

Brazil: How a Blog Post Ended Up in the Cannes Festival

A brazilian blogger, Alê Felix, unintentionally made it to the Cannes Festival, after writing [pt] about a moving and random conversation she had had with a boy in Rio de...

Malawi: Our Old Grumpy President

Daniso's thoughts about the “old grumpy president” of Malawi: “Our president brooks no criticism and doesn’t tolerate complaints. Dare criticize and in his eyes you’ll be nothing but an unemployable...

Kenya: Rest In Peace, Samuel Wanjiru

The world woke up this morning to the news of the death of one of the best talents in the world of marathons. Kenya’s Samuel Wanjiru who won his country’s...

Cameroon: Diaspora-driven Cyberspace: A Platform for Civic Engagement or a Threat?

Dibussi asks whether the Cameroon’s Diaspora-driven cyberspace is a platform for civic engagement or a threat to the Biya regime: “Simply put, the Biya regime has never viewed Cameroonian cyberspace...

Nigeria: 15 year old Nigerian teenager gets admission to Harvard

Naija Feed reports that a 15 year old Nigerian girl who has been offered admission to 13 prestigious universitires in the United States has become the latest media sensation: “She...

Africa: On Mobile Banking And Cyber Agriculture

Francophone blog afriqueavenir.org, in its review of new technologies in Africa [fr], highlights how mobile telephony is essential to economical growth: ” Providers [of mobile phones] offer unlimited country-to-country roaming...

Africa: African Champions League Results

In a post published on May 9 on Afrik.com, Ali Makha analyses [fr] the results of the African Champions League: ” The semi-quarter finals in the African Cup gave their verdict...

Zimbabwe: Inclusive Government Watch 2011

Read Zimbabwe's Inclusive Government Watch for May 2011: “This month, surprisingly, violations in the form of legal harassment of perceived opposition politicians and supporters, rose to our most prominent category...

Denmark: Controversial Law Re-Introduces Border Control

Danish nationalist right wing party, The Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti/DF), recently announced the re-introduction of controls at the country's borders with Germany and Sweden. The centre-right minority government in...

South Korea: Clashes Surrounding Fur Fashion Show

South Korea's capital, Seoul city has told Italian fashion house Fendi to pull fur products from a fashion show scheduled for next month in Seoul as animal rights groups and...

Chileans Bang Pots and Pans in Protest Against Hidroaysen Dam

Una Mirada de la Realidad [es] shares three citizen videos of “cacerolazos” –protests where participants bang pots and pans– on May 15 in Valdivia, Santiago and Valparaiso against the Hidroaysen...

Peru: Second Electoral Round in Review

Jacqueline Fowks reviews [es] Peru's presidential elections one month after the first round of voting. Candidates Ollanta Humala (Gana Perú) and Keiko Fujimori (Fuerza 2011) seek to gain voter's support...

Portugal: A Proposal to Make Free Culture Illegal

Luis Alves writes about the Socialist Party proposal regarding privacy copies [pt], which says that authors have the inalienable and non-waivable right to the perception of a compensation for their...

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