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17 May 2011

Stories from 17 May 2011

Ukraine, U.S.: Chornobyl Songs Project

Maria Sonevytsky writes about the Chornobyl Songs Project: “To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster, raise awareness of the continuing environmental damage created by the nuclear disaster and...

Russia: Navalny Called In For Questioning On Rospil Logo

Kevin Rothrock (@agoodtreaty) reports that anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny (LJ user navalny) has been called in for questioning about the logo of his Rospil [ru] anti-corruption project: “[…] Does it...

Cambodia: Blog to promote LGBT welfare

Cambodia LGBT Pride! is a blog established by volunteers who “work together with NGOs and local businesses to reduce discrimination based on sexuality and co-ordinate events to help nurture and...

Why East Timor should join ASEAN?

José Ramos-Horta, the President of Timor-Leste, lists the country's accomplishments to convince ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) leaders to include Timor Leste as one of its members

Egypt: Online Campaigns to Release Arrested Protesters Underway

Egyptian cyber activists went back to their keyboards to demand the release of protesters and bystanders arrested on Sunday for being at a protest outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo...

Trinidad & Tobago: Dangerous Dogs & the Bigger Picture

Globewriter posts an interview he did with the President of the T&T Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Against the backdrop of a recent spate of dog attacks,...

Cuba: Uncertain Internet Future

“Cuban civil society is looking forward to what will happen in July when the network structure of the island is connected to to the fiber optic cable that came in...

Spain: Thousands of People Take the Streets

Spanish citizens have taken to the streets this week to protest against corruption, unemployment, and a political structure that favors a two-party system. "We're not merchandise in the hands of...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Women & HIV

Abeni writes a thoughtful post about HIV awareness, saying: “The judgmental stances do very little to help the issues at stake which is HIV transmission/infection. The reality is that women...

Trinidad & Tobago: Manning Suspended

Trinidad and Tobago News Blog reports that former Prime Minister Manning has been suspended from the House of Representatives, having been found guilty of contempt of Parliament.

Bermuda: New Politics

Bloggers are “energised by the emergence of the One Bermuda Alliance”, saying: “We can’t afford any more ‘professional politicians’ who simply demand respect as our Leaders while wallowing in a...

Zambia: Whistle-Blowing Or Personal Vendetta?

In Zambia, it is very rare for politicians holding ministerial positions to resign on their own without a hint of scandal. Bloggers have been discussing the shock resignation of former...

China: Another Failed Grassroots Election

A retired worker from Jiangxi province, China, Liu Ping, had decided to run an economic justice campaign in the grassroots level election for her local seat in China's People's Congress....

Equatorial Guinea: A New Blog is Born

A new blog was born in Equatorial Guinea: The Colectivo de Jóvenes de Guinea Ecuatorial [es]. The Colectivo is  a youth organization born clandestinely that uses a digital platform to...

Tunisia: Internet Censorship Makes a Comeback

Tunisian netizens have enjoyed an unprecedented access to the Internet, following the fall of the Ben Ali regime in mid-January and the end of the country's previous web censorship. This...

Colombia, El Salvador: Outlook for Coffee Exports

“How many of you know where your coffee comes from? And does it make a difference to you?” asks Colleen O'Brien in a post about the outlook for coffee exports...

El Salvador: Government Program Seeks to Improve Lives of Low-Income Women

Tim's El Salvador Blog comments and shares information on ‘Ciudad Mujer,’ a government program “creating a series of regional centers which to address specific needs of poor women […] Violence...

Mexico: Teachers March on National Teachers Day

Aguachile reports: “During the National Teachers Day in Mexico this Sunday, more than 10,000 teachers, most of them from the dissident teacher union Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE),...

Jordan: Debating a Possible GCC Union

The announcement that Jordan and Morocco might join the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) caused an immediate shockwave of reactions. Many Jordanians were elated at the news, saying that it...

Macedonia: Report on Sexual & Health Rights of Marginalized Communities

The Coalition for Protection and Promotion of Sexual and Health Rights of Marginalized Communities has recently published [mk] its annual Report on sexual and health rights of marginalized communities in...

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