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8 June 2011

Stories from 8 June 2011

Trinidad & Tobago: There's an App for that!

Mod Blog 101 says that it's “exciting times for Trinidadian iOS users” as “mNAV…the people who brought to Trinidad the Official Maps for Garmin and other GPS devices…are working with...

Peru: Congress Approves 10 Year Moratorium for Genetically Modified Seeds

Global Voices author and translator Isabel Guerra, who recently wrote about the debate regarding genetically modified farming in Peru, reports [es] that the Peruvian congress has approved a 10 year...

Trinidad & Tobago: Taking Action vs. CL Financial

While Plain Talk applauds the action being taken against CL Financial directors “in the mismanagement of assets that led to the biggest bail out in this nation's history” he issues...

Bermuda: The Issue of Independence

“Whenever a politician raises the notion of national independence for Bermuda there is a predictable flow of negative commentary”: Respice Finem suggests that it may be time for “an honest...

Haiti: Rains Continue

Rains continue to take a heavy toll on Haiti; bloggers share their experiences.

Jamaica: Garvey's Reach

“Garvey's ideas, whether accepted or rejected, have played an important role in shaping our modern world”: Geoffrey Philp blogs about Marcus Garvey's influence.

Brazil: Jokes About Rape and the Limit of Humor

Rafinha Bastos, a famous Brazilian stand-up comedian, has raised significant controversy by declaring in a show that women who claim they have been raped are often ugly and should be...

Mexico: Journalists’ Deaths Go Unpunished

In Mexico Unmasked, Tim Johnson says that the 66 journalists killed in 5 years in Mexico “is an abysmal record and reflects on the weakness of Mexico’s state that the...

El Salvador: The Impact of Dollarization, 10 Years Later

Voices from El Salvador's Weblog analyzes the impact of dollarization in El Salvador, arguing that “dollarization does not seem to have improved economic development.”

Guatemala: Social Networks and Political Platforms

Blogger Sakis [es] looks at the use of social networks as politicians prepare for September's legislative and presidential elections. He suggests politicians should use social networks as a platform to...

Russia: Microsoft Representative ‘Would Be Glad’ To Provide FSB with Skype Source Code

Nikolay Pryanishnikov, president of “Microsoft-Russia,” said ‘he would be glad’ to provide Federal Security Service (FSB) with the source code of Skype, after the corporation finalizes the deal. Some media...

Taiwan: Kidnapped Fisherman Killed by U.S. Navy

Coolloud reports the protest in front of American Institute against U.S. Government by the Association of Labor and Human Right of Fishermen in Taiwan. On 5/10, the kidnapped ship master, Wu...

Macedonia: More Anti-Police Brutality Rallies Planned

Elizabeth Flock of The Washington Post's BlogPost and Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing write about the protests against police brutality in Skopje; more reactions to the disturbing situation are at...

Brazil: Firefighters from Rio on Strike for Wages

On June 3, a clash between the Brazilian Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE) and firefighters from Rio de Janeiro who were demonstrating against the lowest wages for their class in...

Azerbaijan: Conditional Freedom

On his new blog, Freedom in Azerbaijan, Emin Milli writes about the restrictions on his freedom since being released from prison. In particular, the dissident blogger and former prisoner of...

China: Panda Diplomacy

Olivia from China Hush translated a local news story from Netease on the fate of giant panda under the Panda diplomacy in China.

China: How To Investigate A Chinese Company

Dan from China Law Blog gives some suggestions to foreign investors on how to investigate a Chinese company before agreeing on a joint venture.

South Korea: Protests Against High Tuition Intensify

Thousand of students and activists took to streets to demand lower tuition fee. The protests, which started as small-scale conflicts in Seoul's several universities, have spread to other major cities...

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