21 June 2011

Stories from 21 June 2011

Spain: Massive Demonstrations on June 19

  21 June 2011

The blog #Acampadasol, launched during the days of massive demonstrations in Madrid last May, chronicles [es] the most recent protests that flooded the streets of many cities in Spain last Sunday June 19.

Puerto Rico: Surviving the Puerto Rican Parade

  21 June 2011

Actor and writer Mikephillippe Oliveros shares his reflections on attending the famous Puerto Rican Parade [es] in New York City: “It was evident that the relationship they have with the island is totally different from mine, either because they have spent too much time away, or I have spent too much time living in Puerto Rico.”

Bulgaria: E-Book On Internet and Mobile Tracking

Bulgarian blogger and Internet activist Bogomil Shopov allows to download his latest e-book [bg; .pdf], which is about Internet tracking in Bulgaria and ways to avoid it. The e-book is 13 pages long and covers legal aspects of the monitoring, explains how the state is tracking Internet and mobile phone...

Bangladesh: Energy Politics and Selling Out National Interest

  21 June 2011

Last week police brutally cracked down on the members of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports who were rallying against a recent production sharing contract between the Bangladesh government and US energy giant ConocoPhillips for deep sea gas exploration. Netizens react.

Trinidad & Tobago: Martelly's First Month

  21 June 2011

“He will need to learn how to build a coalitions and make compromises”: Toussaint on Haiti assesses President Michel Martelly's first month in office, noting that “there are some troubling signs.”

Bahamas: Elections, Then & Now

  21 June 2011

Blogworld hearkens back to the country's 1977 elections to make the point “that the elections coming up have every chance of being equally memorable — not necessarily in the same way — but memorable nevertheless.”

Puerto Rico: C-Sections Too Prevalent

  21 June 2011

“48% of Our births are by cesarean section, the highest rate in the world”: Gil the Jenius says that “Our future children–and their mothers–absolutely deserve that We strive for their greatest welfare, rather than settling to merely serve the system.”

Guyana, Bermuda: Food & Graffiti

  21 June 2011

Guyana-Gyal suggests a way to help control rising food prices, while a bermudian's view suggests that the best way to deal with graffiti is to “have [it] removed within 24 hours.”

Thailand: Pub Peab and Planking Craze

  21 June 2011

First there was planking or the lying down game which became an instant hit in Thailand. But cultural authorities are not happy with it. Then the Pub Peab craze which involves sitting in a kneeling position seems to be more popular now among Thai netizens.

Bhutan: Citizenship For Fatherless Children

  21 June 2011

Sonam Ongmo at Dragon Tales argues that the citizenship of Bhutanese children should come automatically by virtue of the fact that one parent is a citizen. Presently for the citizenship of a child the Bhutanese mother have to prove the identity of the man who fathered the child.

Sri Lanka: Groundviews Briefly Blocked

  21 June 2011

Yesterday Groundviews, Vikalpa and even Transparency International’s sites were apparently blocked on Sri Lanka Telecom ADSL broadband Internet connections for a few hours. An update on the Groundviews site confirms that these sites are accessible again from Sri Lanka.

El Salvador: Facebook Reaches One Million Users

  21 June 2011

Tim's El Salvador Blog shares a graph by socialbakers.com which shows there are now over one million Facebook users in El Salvador. Tim argues that, “Inevitably, more and more organizing, debate, and campaigning will happen on Facebook and Twitter as the level of participation in these social media seems to...

Bolivia: The ‘Gran Poder’ Festival in Photos

  21 June 2011

Pablo Andrés Rivero writes [es] about the ‘Gran Poder‘ festival in La Paz. Pablo describes the music, dances and colorful clothing worn during the parades. He also links to his set of photos of the event on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

Cuba: Avidly Expecting #Twitthab

  21 June 2011

Blogger Iroel Sánchez (@iroelsanchez) comments on the controversies and expectations [es] surrounding the first offline meeting of Twitter users (#Twitthab) to be held in Havana on July 1st.

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