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8 July 2011

Stories from 8 July 2011

Russia: Tribute to Dmitry Prigov

At, Yelena Fedotova writes about Dmirty Prigov – “‘great Russian poet’, postmodern artist, incarcerated ‘madman’.”

Ukraine: Pension Reform; Multiple Voting by MPs

Foreign Notes writes about Ukraine's pension reform, which was passed by the parliament yesterday, highlighting the “breathaking arrogance” and disrespect for law by the people who run the country: “248...

Honduras: Truth Commission Concludes Overthrow of Zelaya was a Coup

The Honduras Truth Commission has ruled that the removal of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009 was a coup, something Boz on Bloggings by boz says is no surprise:...

El Salvador: Police Raid Organization for At-Risk Youth

Voices From El Salvador blogs about a police raid in “PROCOMES, the Center for Training for Local Development and Economic Solidarity, […] a civil society organization that works with at-risk...

Kenya: e-Goverment Movement

Bankelele looks at e-government trends in Kenya: “This week the, the National Council for Law Reporting – [NCLR, a state corporation charged with publishing the law and judicial opinions of...

Ghana: On the Proliferation of Grassroots Pressure Groups

Abena is fascinated with the proliferation of grass-root pressure groups taking part in the hotly-contested race between the incumbent president of Ghana, Professor John Evans Atta Mills and an unlikely...

South Africa: Introducing Rapper Prinston

Skyllie introduces South African musician Prinston: “The producer rapper straight out of Durban South Africa known by his fans as Prinston, is really an artist to be reckoned with lately....

South Sudan: A New Journey Begins

A new journey begins in South Sudan: “South Sudan has been born at time when Africa has made substantial steps in development unlike the 60s. With a population that is...

Russia: Parnas; Prokhorov; Tandem

Siberian Light, A Good Treaty and Russia Blog write about the denial of registration to the People's Freedom Party (Parnas); Siberian Light writes about the Medvedev-Putin tandem – here and...

Russia: “Nashi” Spokeswoman's Homophobic Text

A translation of the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi spokeswoman's “rant exploring everything from the death of Osama Bin Laden to the curiously specific and virulent homophobia” – at Robert Amsterdam's...

Russia: Review of Anna Melikian's “Rusalka”

War and Peace reviews Anna Melikian's 2007 film, Rusalka (“Mermaid”).

Ukraine: Changes to Disability Laws

Odessablog writes about changes to Ukraine's legislation on the rights of people with disabilities and describes the current situation.

Trinidad & Tobago: New Media; New Politics

Plain Talk says that “politics as usual” is irrelevant “in these times of new media, real time information and an empowered and politically active electorate.”

Caribbean: Indigenous News

Review of the Indigenous Caribbean posts a video of “a fairly elementary but well synthesized historical overview of the indigenous people of Dominica”, while The Voice of the Taino People...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Need for Culture in Education

Attillah Springer applauds the work of her mother, saying: ” In light of recent developments – Movie Towne, Flugtag, Vybz Kartel – all of which I suppose have their purpose,...

Portugal: Getting Funded by the Crowd

MassiveMov, the first crowdfunding platform in Portugal was launched on July 7.

Brazil: #ForaMicarla as Protest Against Corruption in Natal

Since 2010, denunciations of corruption [pt] concerning the mayor of Natal, Micarla de Sousa, have led Brazilian citizens to mobilize in protest via Twitter with the hashtag #ForaMicarla (Out with...

Egypt: Why July 8?

Egyptians are back in full force in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of their revolution, once again today. But why are they still demonstrating now that their revolution is over, Mubarak...

Cuba: Political Opposition

Uncommon Sense links to statistics about politically motivated arrests and deduces that “the numbers, although different, agree on one point about repression in Cuba. It is getting worse.”

Guyana: A Future for Film

The Guyanese film industry is ready for its close-up, according to this post at Demerara Waves.

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