15 June 2011

Stories from 15 June 2011

Mexico City's Female Cab Drivers

  15 June 2011

“It’s frustrating that there aren’t more women cab drivers in a city that’s supposedly so cosmopolitan, and in a city where women desperately need jobs. And in the larger scheme of things, it’s sad that women here need female cabbies to feel safe” writes Lesley Téllez in a post where...

Peru: Controversy Over ‘Cristo del Pacífico’

  15 June 2011

President Alan Garcia's announcement that a giant Jesus Christ would be installed on top of the Morro Solar in Lima has drawn both criticism and praise from bloggers and social media users. Global Voices author and Spanish Translation Manager Juan Arellano links [es] to several bloggers who have discussed the...

Bolivia: Traveling Through the Chaos

  15 June 2011

“The power is in the streets, the law is carried out with blockades, the state has almost lost authority, people do what they want and there is no order. Worse, there are a lot of racism, much resentment from the indigenous to the ‘white’ man…”: Maria Eugenia Robles [es], a...

Kenya: KCB Safari Rally 2011

  15 June 2011

KCB Safari Rally 2011 is here: “Yes, the Safari Rally is racing round town again! Having been edged out of the World Rally Championship circuit, the Rally has been struggling to regain some worthy status. Kenya Motorsports Federation(KMSF) has been working tirelessly to get the Rally going and this year...

Benin: Meet Benin's Rising Star

  15 June 2011

Chale writes about the rising star of Benin's music: “Kiinzah is certainly one of the rising stars in the African music scene. We discovered the Benin singer recently through a Gabonese Youtube channel, that alone signifies how she's crossed over her country's borders and is making a mark on the...

Africa: 10 of Africa’s Best Food Blogs

  15 June 2011

Here are 10 Africa's best food blogs: “MyWeku makes its inaugural annual picks of the African food blogs we can’t live without. This list comprises 10 of our favourites. Most of these African food blogs are slick with their own Flickr photo portals, Face Book fan pages and twitter following.”

Cuba: Guidelines on Rights

  15 June 2011

Despite new party guidelines on the rights of Cubans, Laritza's Laws says: “Although it touched on but did not recognize the theme of human rights, the reforms were not significant.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Violence & Healing

  15 June 2011

“Even the gentle souls here brush up against the face of violence. And some of us carry our scars outside but there are many more of us carrying our scars inside”: Attillah Springer is “even more acutely aware of how powerless we all are to confront the growing diseases of...

Bahamas: Transformation of Nassau

  15 June 2011

Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith blogs about “three interesting environmental projects..that could have a big impact on our landscapes and lifestyles – at the eastern, western and southern extremities of Nassau.”

Brazil: The Chilling Beauty of the Green Desert

  15 June 2011

Where jungle was once seen, green woodland can now be seen. Bloggers comment on the beauty, environmental impact and the social consequences which are being brought to the country by the eucalyptus monocultures - the so-called green deserts.

Bahrain: Lost and Disgusted

Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif blogs: “Reason, it appears, has disappeared. The benefit of the doubt has no place. Will a dialogue ameliorate these feelings? Will it put the country back on a reconciliatory track? Will we ever think of an inclusive “us” rather than solidify an already created and maintained...

Lebanon: Lady Gaga's Latest Album Sparks A Rumor

Lady Gaga's latest album, Born This Way, stirred a small storm on Lebanese social networks. An article published by the Sun on June 4th, 2011, and commented by one of the Los Angeles Time blogs , stated that Lebanese authorities had banned the album. Lebanese fans immediately mobilized against this decision forcing the Sûrete Générale in Lebanon to deny the ban.

Lebanon: Raving about Goran Bregovic's concert

  15 June 2011

Famous Serbo-Croatian musician and composer Goran Bregovic performed in Lebanon on June 12 during the Beirut Music & Art Festival  – BMAF. His performance is hailed by his Lebanese fans as “unbelievable” and “amazing”.

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