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24 August 2011

Stories from 24 August 2011

Russia: Kim Jong Il's Visit

Suzanne Merkelson writes on FP's Passport blog about North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's visit to Russia.

Russia: “Russia Today and YouTube”

Democratist is wondering about the validity of Russia Today's YouTube viewer stats.

Chile: #Paronacional (National Strike) vs. #Yonoparo (I Don't Strike)

The Workers' United Center of Chile has called for a national strike for the 24 and 25 of August 2011, as a form of protest against social and economic inequality...

Croatia: Top 5 Holiday Islands (+5 More)

Croatia Travel Blog links to an article about “Croatia's top five holiday islands,” which appeared in The Guardian earlier this week, and adds five more islands to this list.

Ukraine: “Proper” vs “Improper” Journalism

At OpenDemocracy.net, Aleksey Matsuka, a Donetsk-based journalist, explains what “proper” journalism means in this Eastern Ukrainian region – and what awaits those who are deemed “improper” journalists.

Croatia, Serbia: A Flag of Friendship

Two young adults from Croatia and Serbia have created a mixed Serbo-Croatian flag, as a gesture of reconciliation between the two countries. Some netizens have condemned the initiative, others seem...

Trinidad & Tobago: More Questions on State of Emergency

As the State of Emergency continues in Trinidad and Tobago, the government's communication efforts about it continue to be muddled at best: Is it limited or national? Is there a...

Peru: 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Jungle Region

Juan Arellano –Global Voices author and Spanish Translation Manager– is updating a Storify post [es] with Twitter reactions to a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the Peruvian jungle near the border...

Bahamas: Sticking Together Through Irene

Havana Times notes that “Hurricane Irene intensified overnight as it churns to the northeast of Cuba, threatening the Bahamas with its 110 mph maximum sustained winds”; over in the Bahamas,...

Trinidad & Tobago: Positive Facebook Changes

TECHTT says of Facebook's recent changes: “I really love the tag approval feature and think it will be a big hit as I have seen many people complain about unscrupulous...

Cuba: Female Activists Detained

Four women who took to Havana's Capitol building to protest recent actions against The Ladies in White have reportedly been detained; Uncommon Sense has the details.

Jamaica, U.S.A.: East Coast Earthquake

Diaspora blogger Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac describes yesterday's earthquake, which affected the east coast of the United States.

North Korea Got Talent? Video of North Korean Singing Contest on Chinese Site

A short, edited video of the North Korean singing contest was posted on Youku, a video hosting service based in China.

Chile: Citizen Reports about National Strike on Google Maps

Mi Voz has set up a map on Google Maps [es] with citizen reports about the national strike taking place on August 24 and 25 throughout Chile.

Kenya: Meet Kenyan Female Social Innovator

Mworia blogs about Crystal Kigon, the founder of Voices of Africa: “Crystal’s organization in conjunction with Intersat Africa have been working on a project that aims to take the internet...

Africa: The Potential of Local Brain-Drain

What is the potential of local brain-drain in Africa? Read Idd Salim's post: “We all know African Tech Solutions. Ushahidi, Mpesa come to mind. Apps made by Africans for Africa....

Mauritania: 13 Activists against Child Trafficking Arrested

Four advocacy organizations against human trafficking note that a peaceful sit-in outside the Bureau of juvenile affairs was organized [fr] by l’Initiative pour la Résurgence du mouvement Abolitionniste (Ira) to...

Chile: Explaining the ‘Chilean Revolution’

Setty, a journalist living in Chile, explains ‘the Chilean revolution': “Chile is supposed to be the stodgy, conservative, institutionality-respecting corner of South America, where nothing ever happens. But this is...

Peru: Congress Passes Law Requiring Prior Consultation With Indigenous Peoples

The Peruvian Congress unanimously approved the ‘Prior Consultation Law‘ for indigenous or native peoples (“Ley de Consulta Previa a los Pueblos Indígenas u Originarios“[es] in Spanish), which establishes the mandatory...

Togo: 3rd BarCamp Selects the Translation for “Blog” in Ewé Language

In its presentation of the third edition of BlogCamp Togo, togocouleurs explains  that [fr] the Togolese blogosphere coined a new word for “blog”  in the Ewé language (spoken in Togo,...

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