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12 August 2011

Stories from 12 August 2011

Brazil: Teachers Protest for Better Wages

  12 August 2011

Brazilian blogger Rosangela Basso posts [pt] several photos and a videos of the latest protest of teachers that took place on August 9 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Teachers demand a considerable salary increase while the local government refuses to negotiate.

Pakistan: The Plights Of The Flood Victims

  12 August 2011

Faisal Kapadia blogs from a medical camp for the flood affected people in Khowrah of Sindh province in Pakistan and comments: “although the floods of last year may be over and long gone, the human tragedy remains.”

Sri Lanka: Invasion Of The Grease Devils

  12 August 2011

In some Sri Lankan rural areas panic spread that Grease Yaka, a mythical character is on the loose and two youths were mob lynched on suspicion. These grease devils are mythical robbers that grease themselves up and break into homes to either steal or rape/kill women. Indi.ca opines that “it’s...

Nepal: Kathmandu Literary Jatra

  12 August 2011

‘Nepal Blogs’ writes about the Kathmandu Literary Jatra, the upcoming literary fest in Nepal. Visit the festival's Facebook page or follow them at Twitter for updates.

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Chile: Waste Pickers Rummage for Legal Recognition

  12 August 2011

Environmentalist Bharati Chaturvedi flew for 40 hours from her home Delhi, India, to dig deeper into a dirty issue: trash. As politicians in Chile discuss recycling on a national level, Chaturvedi encourages that those who collect trash professionally, or “waste pickers,” be included in the solution.

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Trinidad & Tobago: Remembering Professor Julian Kenny

  12 August 2011

On August 9, Trinidad and Tobago lost a patriot. Julian Kenny, retired Professor of Zoology at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, naturalist, former independent senator, author, columnist, photographer and holder of the prestigious Chaconia Medal for environmental conservation, died at the age of 81. The sad news immediately spread through social media, with former students posting fond tributes about his legacy.

Paraguay: Uncontacted Indigenous Group in ‘Imminent Danger’

  12 August 2011

Ryan Seelau from Indigenous News.org reports that “the only remaining uncontacted people in Paraguay” are “in imminent danger”: “the Totobiegosode are being systematically removed from the Chaco forest where they live so that the land can be used for cattle grazing. The destruction of their land, however, is occurring illegally.”

Bolivia: Indigenous Groups to March to La Paz in Protest of New Road

  12 August 2011

As Eduardo Avila recently reported for Global Voices, the Bolivian government announced “a controversial project to build a new road that would go through the Indigenous Territory National Park Isiboro Sécure (TIPNIS for its initials in Spanish).” Emily Achtenberg in the NACLA blog now reports that “on August 15, representatives...

Peru: Journalist Sued for Defamation

  12 August 2011

Peruvians are following the case [es] of blogger and journalist Luis Torres Montero, @Malapalabrero, sued for defamation [es] by former Defense Minister, Rafael Rey, who felt attacked [es] by a column [es] where Torres [es] says Rey is gay [es].

Haiti: Right, Wrong & the London Riots

  12 August 2011

“Of course the world is a racist, exclusionary, unfair place but there are enough people who know right from wrong…excusing violent behavior based on social class is just as bad as blaming violent behavior based on social class”: When it comes to the London riots, Haitian diaspora blogger CURRENTS BETWEEN...

Jamaica: The “Performance of Gender”

  12 August 2011

“Everyone is involved in this baseless discrimination. Effeminacy is apparently extremely off-putting. The effeminate man, whether he is gay or straight, catches a whole lot of hell”: Under the Saltire Flag suggests that “what is being policed is not sexuality, but gender.”

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