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9 September 2011

Stories from 9 September 2011

Cuba: The Virgin of Charity

Cuban bloggers discuss the goings-on during the feast of Cuba's patron saint, The Virgin of Charity. Photos are here and here.

India: A Market For Class Notes

Youth Ki Awaaz highlights an online market for class notes in India where students are rewarded for their academic success by getting paid to share and sell their school notes...

U.S. Virgin Islands: Storm Warning

The region has its eye on another tropical storm; News of St. John reports.

Sri Lanka: Youth-Led Reconciliation

Dilinika Peiris discusses whether youth-led reconciliation could put Sri Lanka back on the map.

Puerto Rico: Police Accused of Abuses

Police in Puerto Rico have been accused of civil rights abuses – including using excessive force; Gil the Jenius and Dondequiera weigh in.

Barbados, St. Vincent: More Wikileaks

Barbados Free Press, still following the Wikileaks fallout, applauds a Vincentian journalist who is “standing behind what he said.”

Egypt: Protesters Bring Down Israel Embassy Security Wall and Flag

Thousands of protesters took to Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the Egyptian revolution in downtown Cairo, today in protest against Egypt's military rulers. Soon, crowds of young men swarmed to...

Brazil: Mapping Online Art from the Streets of São Paulo

Arte Fora do Museu [Art outside the museum, pt] intends to map online art from the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. The project so far has mapped 100 “pieces” from...

Pakistan: The Dengue Crisis In Punjab

After the recent heavy rains, dengue fever has turned into an epidemic in Punjab, reports Chowrangi.

Morocco: Blogger Arrested in Northern City of Fnidaq

According to activists, Moroccan blogger and web programmer Mohamed Douas was arrested on Monday morning in the city of Fnidaq. His supporters say the arrest is related to Wikileaks Fnidaq,...

Guatemala: Voting Out Cultural Intolerance

Sakis González shares a video [es] of Guatemalan artists speaking out against “cultural intolerance” after the municipality of Guatemala City rejected the reopening of the cultural center ‘Rock’ol Vuh’. Sakis...

Colombia: Strengthening Ties Between ‘Chiva’ Bus Owners Through Social Media

Carlos Múnera quotes [es] a reader's comment calling owners and drivers of ‘chiva’ buses to use the Internet to communicate, share ideas and inform each other about policies that could...

Venezuela: A Dairy Cooperative's Struggle for Food Sovereignty

“PROLESA is a small dairy cooperative in the Venezuelan state of Tachira. […] the main focus of the cooperative is to purchase milk from the local community for the production...

Haiti: UN Troops Must Go, Say Haitians After Rape Scandal

An online video showing four UN peacekeepers from Uruguay allegedly raping a 19 year-old man at a military base in Port-Salut has generated outrage and renewed calls for the United...

Rwanda: Bloggers’ Reaction to Victoire Ingabire’s Trial

The trial of Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire resumed this week. Victoire, an outspoken critic of President Paul Kagame’s leadership, is accused of collaborating with terrorist organizations and forming an...

Ghana: Entrepreneurs to Make Ghana a Tech Startup Hub

African entrepreneurs are making Ghana into a tech startup hub, Zak reports: “The nonprofit World Wide Web Foundation is working with local developers through a training program called Mobile Web...

Portugal: Citizens Ask Icelanders About Democracy

Portuguese bloggers and activists are getting inspired by Iceland's practice of direct democracy in response to the crisis that the country has faced. Sara Moreira reports.

Tajikistan: The country in its 20

Christian Bleuer is analyzing the newest history of Tajikistan – both its internal politics and its geopolitical stand – as this country marks the 20th anniversary of its independence.

Uzbekistan: Journalists face dress-code restrictions

Tomyris reports that Uzbekistan, “a leader in the field of media censorship”, is imposing a new limitation to journalists. The female reporters seen on Uzbek state television will be seen...

Uzbekistan: Opposition in exile gets more active

Abulfazal says that the emerging oppositional movement of Uzbekistan citizens in exile has took its shape as the People’s Movement of Uzbekistan (PMU) with branches in Canada, Sweden and Norway.

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