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12 September 2011

Stories from 12 September 2011

Cuba: Rotilla Festival Canceled

Journalist, blogger and GV author Elaine Díaz has written a series on the controversial cancelation of the electronic music festival Rotilla [es].

Puerto Rico: Remembering 9/11

Anayra Santory [es], Carmen Rabell [es], and Huáscar Robles Carrasquillo write about 9/11 from different perspectives for various online publications.

Ukraine: Homemade ‘Samohon’ (Moonshine)

For The Pickle Project, Andrea Wenglowsky documents the process of making samohon – moonshine – at the apartment of her friend's grandmother in Kyiv.

Ukraine: Update on Tymoshenko's Trial

Foreign Notes posts an update on Yulia Tymoshenko's trial, which has been halted for two weeks.

Ukraine: Crimean Tatar Language on Twitter

Hirano Takaci (@hiranotakaci), a Lviv-based photographer and teacher of the Japanese language, has recently launched a Twitter bot – @ukr_crh – that posts Ukrainian words/phrases and their Crimean Tatar (Qırımca)...

UK: Vasily Grossman's “Life and Fate” on BBC Radio 4

Sarah J. Young writes about BBC Radio 4's “adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s vast and still under-appreciated novel Life and Fate” (the first episode is scheduled to be aired on Sept....

Russia: Connecting Neighbors, Saving Lives

The creators of a website that enabled Russians to help each other during wildfires in 2010 have now redesigned the site to enable citizens to assist each other in new...

Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Activist on Trial

Saudi human rights activist Waleed Abu Alkhair has faced the national court in Jeddah for “insulting the judiciary”. Saudi tweeps discussed his case on Twitter to show support and criticize...

Japan: Anti-nuclear power demonstration on 911

Buddhika Weerasinghe has posted photos of the anti-nuclear power demonstration held in central Tokyo on September 11th. Several thousand people joined the demo, as can be seen in this video...

Iran: The flamingos return to Lake Urmia

Nama Jafari has published a 70's film showing the flamingos in Lake Urmia (Rezayieh). There were several demonstrations in recent weeks to save this dying lake. The blogger says that...

Japan: Most rational, least traditional country?

Hashi at Tofugu blogs about the World Values Survey results that show that Japan is “one of the most rational, least ‘traditional’ countries out there” and tops the list of...

Iran: “Prince of Persia” launched his own blog

Reza Pahlavi, the older son of the late Shah of Iran, launched a blog in Persian. He says he wants to be in touch with the Iranian young generation. He...

Madagascar: The Lemur King Swan Song

Erik Patel's documentary of the Sifaka in the rain forest of Madagascar describes how this particular species of lemurs is now on the brink of extinction. Patel explains that the...

Haiti: Waste Management by Troops

mediahacker looks at the issue of UN troops and waste management in Haiti, asking, tongue firmly in cheek, “Does this only become a big deal if it causes an outbreak...

U.S. Virgin Islands: Tropical Storm Maria Loses Strength

U.S. Virgin Islands bloggers report that Tropical Storm Maria, the center of which was projected to pass over St. John early Sunday morning, thankfully lost momentum.

Trinidad & Tobago: Sylvia Hunt's Legacy

“Even as a young child I was attracted to her warm, charismatic persona and soothing voice. She had a way of making every dish seem undaunting, approachable, and effortless. Unfortunately...

Kenya: “One of Africa's Biggest Slums is My Home”

On the ActionAid blog Bollocks to Poverty, citizen journalist and Activista blogger Collins Odhiambo explains what it's like to come from one of Africa's largest slums, Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya....

Barbados: Pirating Scandal via Wikileaks

Barbados Free Press draws attention to another Wikileaks cable which suggests that two years prior to a police sergeant being “arrested and charged with taking bribes to allow a counterfeit...

Caribbean: Remembering 9/11

Regional and diaspora bloggers shared their thoughts yesterday on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Shenzhen population statistics, 1979 – 2011

Mary Ann O'Donnell created a chart of Shenzhen population statistics from 1979-2011, showing the dual citizenship structure – those who enjoy full citizen rights though household registration system and those...

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