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12 July 2011

Stories from 12 July 2011

Macedonia, Tunisia, Egypt: Comparing Experiences

SlavicaI compares the features of Macedonian protests with those in Egypt and Tunisia, based on shared experiences by participants of the Summer University at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain).

Venezuela: 200 Years of Independence

During the week of July 5, Venezuela celebrated 200 years of independence from Spain. Diverse participation was seen online; congratulations, cheerful comments and videos of dances, parades and concerts were...

Sao Tome and Principe: Saving a Cultural Crossroads

The celebration of Sao Tome and Principe's 36th anniversary of independence, on July 12, involves cultural and traditional events being held throughout the country. The country has been a cultural...

El Salvador: The Challenges of Urbanization

Voices from El Salvador says that urbanization is becoming “increasingly problematic, specifically in terms of poverty, violence and health. […] El Salvador does not have the necessary mechanisms in place...

Bolivia: Images of Everyday Life in El Alto

Pablo Andrés Rivero shares [es] a slideshow by photographer Patricio Cooker with music by rapper Ukamau y Ke: “The pictures reflect everyday life in El Alto, one of the most...

Bahamas: Facebook Discussion Etiquette

Rick Lowe at Weblog Bahamas thinks that “genuine discussion” on Facebook “has gone the way of the Dodo bird”, adding: “Invective might be fun, but it serves no purpose other...

Cuba: Roldán the Composer

AfriClassical profiles Amadeo Roldán (1900-1939), an Afro-Cuban composer, violinist, conductor and professor.

Trinidad & Tobago: Smooth Operator

B.C. Pires thinks that “the People’s Partnership appears to be living in interesting times.”

Cuba: The Challenges of Agriculture

Iván García blogs about the experience of a farmer who is convinced that “the main responsibility for the scarcity of agricultural and cattle products is the Cuban government.”

Bermuda: Urgent Need for Governance Legislation

Five years have passed since Bermuda “agreed to extend the UN Convention Against Corruption ‘at the earliest opportunity'”; Vexed Bermoothes thinks action is long overdue.

Russia-USA: Looming lobbying scandal

John Helmer of Dancing With Bears reports about a looming lobbying scandal in Washington, DC, where senior US officials allegedly have been intensely courted by PR-people, employed by Russian billionaire...

Zimbabwe: Socialists Facing Treason Charge

Zimbabwe socialists are facing treason charge: “The International Socialist Organisation [ISO] Zimbabwe wishes to update all progressive cadres, socialists, revolutionaries and democrats who have been in solidarity with us since...

Russia: Cruiser Catastrophe Causes Questions

As casualty numbers rise from Sundays' ferry catastrophe on the river Volga, Russians have come to the bitter realization of yet another tragedy, with a death-toll of well over a...

Zambia: Brenda Zulu Discusses the State of Zambian Blogosphere

The spotlight is on Brenda Zulu, a Zambian journalist and blogger. Based in Lusaka, Zambia, Brenda has been blogging since 2004 and is one of Zambia’s seasoned blogger’s. I talked...

Tunisia: Registration for Elections Start, Technical Snags Reported

Tunisians started registering on electoral lists yesterday (July 11, 2011) to cast their votes on October 23 to elect a constituent assembly, which will write their country's new constitution. However,...

China: Dealing with heat wave

Ministry of Tofu has collected a series of photos showing how ordinary Chinese people deal with heat wave.

Ukraine: Timoshenko trial worries

LevKo of Foreign Notes discusses his impressions that Ukrainians are becoming increasingly worried about the alleged show-trial against former Premier and opposition leader Yulia Timoshenko; worries that now arguably extend...

China: Detained Tibetan Writer Severely Beaten

High Peaks Pure Earth translates Woser's blogpost on July 7 2011 about the detention and mistreatment of young Tibetan writer Pema Rinchen by the Chinese authority.

China: Political Terms

Qian Gang analyses Chinese President Hu Jintao’s report delivered on July 1, 2011, to the conference commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by looking into the...

Russia: Arctic environment and exploitation

Mia Bennet at Foreign Policy Blog writes about plans for a dual exploitation and environmental cleanup of the Russian Arctic.

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