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6 September 2011

Stories from 6 September 2011

Video: Nyan Cat Costa Rican style

  6 September 2011

A Costa Rican version of the Nyan cat has hit the social networks.  In this new incarnation, a cat with a tamale body  wearing a folkloric hat leaves behind a Costa Rican flag trail while jumping over an overcast city inhabited by miniskirt wearing overweight women. The description on the...

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Brazil: Road to World Cup and Olympics Paved with Forced Evictions

  6 September 2011

In the run up to Brazil's World Cup 2014 and Olympics 2016, thousands of people are being forcefully evicted from their homes to make room for office buildings, stadiums and roads. Video activists are making a stand, producing documentaries to raise awareness, inform and empower communities at risk of eviction.

Trinidad & Tobago: Ramifications of “Granny Quila”

  6 September 2011

Of the controversial “Granny Quila” video, Mark Lyndersay says: “It’s clear that for many locals, Facebook and to a lesser extent other Internet based media such as blogs and Twitter have become a kind of virtual Woodford Square for airing opinions…Unfortunately, unlike a hotheaded argument in the square, posts and...

Haiti: How News of Alleged Assault Spread

  6 September 2011

mediahacker explains how he obtained the video of “the apparent assault by Uruguayan UN troops on Johnny Jean. The answer is simple: The video is circulating on cell phones in Port Salut.”

Latin America: Tragic Times for Journalists

  6 September 2011

The Latin Americanist lists recent incidents that validate the claim made by Robert Rivard -head of an Inter American Press Association (IAPA) commission- that “2011 is the ‘most tragic year in the last two decades’ for Latin American journalists.”

Uruguay Looks at Monitoring Social Networks After Teen's Death

  6 September 2011

Sixteen year old Álvaro Froste died after he was shot in the chest during a gang fight which was allegedly incited through Facebook. Pablo Gutiérrez at FayerWayer reports [es] that as a result of Álvaro's death the Uruguayan government is looking into monitoring social networks.

Cuba: Two Views of the Church

  6 September 2011

Babalu maintains that “the shepherd appointed by the Vatican to care for and protect the flock in Cuba has instead chosen to care for and protect the wolves that slaughter the sheep”; in contrast, Havana Times says: “The Catholic Church seems to be expecting a rise in religious sentiment among...

Trinidad & Tobago: True Freedom

  6 September 2011

Attillah Springer blogs about this year's (post-riot) Notting Hill Carnival and compares the experience with Trinidad and Tobago's current State of Emergency: “The State, whether British or ‘Trinbagonian,’ cannot control the desire for freedom. With fear or guns or cameras. The desire for freedom will win out ultimately.”

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Mexico: Hero Reports, Mapping Acts of Kindness

  6 September 2011

Heroreports is a non-profit project dedicated to crowdsourcing and mapping reports of citizen courage and positive social behavior. It started in Ciudad Juárez, México as an initiative of the MIT Center for Civic Media. Ernesto Priego reports.

China: Nazi Chic Cosplay

  6 September 2011

ChinaSMACK has a post about about the Nazi Chic cosplay culture in China and translated Chinese netizens’ reactions to a set of Nazi Chic photos.

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Chile: Netizens Pay Tribute to Plane Crash Victims

  6 September 2011

The disappearance of an airplane near the Juan Fernandez archipelago has stirred social networks in Chile: among the 21 passengers and crew were members of the NGO Levantemos Chile, and five employees of Chile National Television, including famous presenter Felipe Camiroaga.

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