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19 May 2011

Stories from 19 May 2011

FSU: Deportations of Crimean Tatars and Soviet Colonialism

J. Otto Pohl of Otto's Random Thoughts writes about the Soviet colonialism (here and here), and about the 67th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars (here and here),...

Russia: Sakhalin Island Experiencing Serious Connection Problems Due to Cable Wreck

Broadband cable that connects Sakhalin island with the mainland has been damaged, Rian.ru reported [ru]. The websites are opening with serious delay (or don't open at all). Unstable Internet connection is...

Russia: Police Requests Data of Users Who Commented on Secret E-surveillance Unit Rumors

On April 17th, 2011 Yevgeniy Roizman, Yekaterinburg-based politician, wrote [ru] that police creates secret “I-departments,” new police units that will collect data on Internet users. After local news site URA.ru...

Brazil: Special Coverage on Sounds and Colours

During the month of May, Sounds And Colours dot Com - an online magazine dedicated to southamerican music and culture – is focused on Brazil. A good opportunity to learn...

Mozambique: Portuguese, the Language of Mozambicanness

In Mozambique, while national languages have been introduced into the education system, the decision to ratify the new accord on the Portuguese language is being debated. Global Voices brings together...

Cape Verde: Creole and Portuguese Languages, an Unofficial Pair

On the day that Portuguese speaking countries celebrate the Day of Portuguese Language and Culture, in Cape Verde the status of Crioulo, a mother tongue and unofficial national language, is...

Spain: Photos of Protests

The photographer Juan Luis Sánchez (@juanlusanchez) of the digital magazine Periodismo Humano is sharing his photos of the protests in Madrid, Spain.

Uganda: First Female Speaker of Parliament: Should We Celebrate?

Ms Rebbeca Alitwala Kadaga was today sworn in as the Speaker for the 9th parliament in Uganda. She is Uganda's first female speaker of parliament. Is it worthy a celebration?...

Cuba: Effects of a Beating

Crossing the Barbed Wire blogs about his efforts to make a film about “Alberto Lairo Castro, a young Holguin native who in 2007 was a victim of a ‘Double Nelson’...

Uganda: Walk to Work Protests in Photos

Ugandans are taking to the streets to protest rising fuel and food prices and rapid inflation. Police have been using pink paint, tear gas and live bullets against the protesters....

U.S.V.I.: “The Caribbean Writer”

A Nation or Nobody is enjoying his new copy of The Caribbean Writer: “The topics…rang[e] from the Virgin Islands’ place in the Caribbean community to concerns over the homicide rate...

Puerto Rico: Opening the Flood Gates

Gil the Jenius is incredulous about the cause of his neighbourhood's most recent incident of flooding.

Cuba: “El Yuma”‘s Visit

Bloggers have their say about Ted Henken's visit to Cuba.

Guyana: Caribbean Law

Signifyin’ Guyana interviews regional legal expert Abiola Inniss about her new book and possible “solutions to some of the major issues which plague Caribbean law today.”

Iran: “We are Everywhere” Campaign Against Homophobia

This year, on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, several Iranians raised their voices by launching a “We are everywhere” campaign, on YouTube, Facebook and blogs against homophobia worldwide....

Cameroon: Google Android Developer Challenge in Douala

Bill Zimmerman shared photos on Twitter from the Google Android Developer Challenge which took place in Douala, Cameroon on May 14, 2011. A post is also available on his blog,...

France: Anti-Racism Group Expelled from Slavery Commemoration Event

During a National Slavery Day ceremony in Paris attended by French president Nicolas Sarkozy on May 10, eight members of anti-racism group Alliance Noire Citoyenne [Black Citizens Alliance] were expelled...

France: The Fall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

On Sunday 15 May, 2011, France awoke to a political earthquake: a sex scandal involving the (now former) French president of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrested for an alleged sexual...

Lebanon: “Mabrouk” to Lebanese Women

Rita Chemaly congratulates Lebanese women on recent progress toward gender equality in Lebanese law. Several laws have been modified to grant women more rights in the areas of income tax,...

Hong Kong and China: Immigrant discontent

Lucia Lou from China Hush translates a local news story about Hong Kong society's reactions towards the influx of mainland Chinese new immigrants to the city.

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