Stories from 16 September 2011
Mauritius: The First Rally of the “Outraged” Youth
Khal Torabully on Africultures analyses [fr] the emerging movement of “outraged” (indignés) youth in Mauritius, where their first demonstration[fr] took place on September 10. “What if this “digital 2.0″ movement heralded a genuine revolution, making room for a new political culture, and encouraging the country to reflect in a more modern...
Curacao: Images of Slavery Inappropriate
TRIUNFO DI SABLIKA takes issue with certain images on the Golden Coach, which has become the symbol of the Dutch monarchy: “The sidebar ‘Tribute of the Colonies’ activates great resistance from us. On that side are half-naked black men and women who offer their riches to the royal king. In...
All-Day Virtual Event in Spanish for Bloggers
Día del Blog will hold a virtual event on Saturday September 17 [es] with several discussions broadcast through live streaming [es] with speakers from Spain, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama. Spanish Translation Manager Juan Arellano will participate in a panel discussion [es] about “Revolution on social networks: cyber-activism, citizen mobilization and political participation”.
Jamaica: Disaster Preparedness
In the midst of the hurricane season, Ruthibelle suggests that “damages could be minimised and it would cost this country less if we would stop living on luck, and starting living out emergency disaster preparedness, until it is ingrained in our culture…”
Trinidad & Tobago: Questions on the State of Emergency
Gerard Best has a few questions he'd like answered about the country's State of Emergency.
Cuba: An “Unstoppable March”
Pedazos de La Isla blogs here and here about the “unstoppable march”; Uncommon Sense posts an update on the arrests of dissidents Angel Moya Acosta and Guillermo Farinas that followed that march and Babalu notes that the island “has already recorded almost 200 political arrests this month.”
Bermuda: Term Limits Backlash
Vexed Bermoothes says of the government's imposition of work permit term limits: “This – combined with the general pissiness of the PLP towards expatriates and international business – led to a massive exodus from the island”; Politics.bm adds: “Their signature policies have hurt Bermudians. Time to fess up.”
Guatemala: A Look at the Candidates for November's Runoff Election
“So come the 6th November, Guatemalans should they vote, will have a choice between a former military and a business man – each with their own murky backgrounds and each who wield considerable power and influence among those who rule Guatemala”: Kevin D in his blog at Guatemala Solidarity Network...
Bolivians to Follow on Twitter
Luis Ramos in Citizen of La Paz [es] recommends 12 Bolivians to follow on Twitter.
Ecuador: Victims of Domestic Violence Ignored by Media and Society
Lunas Azules [es] argues that victims of domestic violence are often ignored by the media and by society because of their “little political weight” and because their aggressor is not usually labeled as a criminal.
Angola: The Hot Embers of a Repressed Protest
Recent events have shaken Angolan society and the state. After a large police response to the demonstration against the 32 year-long government of José Eduardo dos Santos on September 3, at least 18 were "unjustly convicted" and sentenced to between 45 days and 3 months in prison.
Africa: Using Social Media for Citizen Engagement
Gamelmag blogs about the use of social media for citizen engagement in West Africa: “Government-to-citizen engagement- Ghana's Constitution Review Committee put together various channels such as Facebook, Twitter and SMS to collate views from individuals as part of the country's constitutional review process.”
Kenya: WordCamp Kenya 2011
7 reasons to attend WordCamp Kenya 2011: “This is a great chance to meet up with other WordPress fanatics and learn from the different levels of the conference. WordCamp is coming to East Africa for the first time and it is a great thing that it is happening in Kenya.”
Iran: Animal cruelty enraged bloggers
A film showing two “hunters” killing a brown bear and torturing her two cubs in front of a camera, enraged several bloggers. Joosh writes Iranian people have lived for last 32 years in such violence under the Islamic Republic that lost all their values.
China: Wall Lords graffiti battle in Chengdu
Charlie from Chengdu Living blogs about the Wall Lords graffiti battle in Chengdu in last weekend. The event took place at a just-constructed church on the outskirts of Chengdu. The blogger has posted a large number of photos to show the creative process.
Ukraine: Raid on Denis Oleinikov's ProstoPrint.com
Updates on the situation with Denis Oleinikov‘s ProstoPrint.com goods-on-demand company, which was raided by the Ukrainian police last week: Courtney Boyd Myers’ Sep. 8 text on The Next Web; on Demotix, Kost Bezginsky's photos from the Sep. 15 brawl with riot police during the “charity fair” in support of ProstoPrint.com,...
Russia: A 2007 Paper on HIV/AIDS
Donna Welles posts her 2007 paper on “how the peculiarities of the Russian culture, government, economy, etc. all make the country extremely vulnerable to the AIDS epidemic.”