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17 September 2011

Stories from 17 September 2011

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CIVICUS: Reflections on the Power of Civil Society

  17 September 2011

For three days several civil society representatives met in Montreal for the CIVICUS World Assembly. The subjects were diverse: from civil movements, social equality, and the effects of new technologies, to climate justice. Here are some blog posts that covered the assembly.

Nepal: A Socially Connected Prime Minister

  17 September 2011

The new Nepali Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai is “definitely on the way to revolutionize the way government works” – thinks Nepali Blogger. He already has a blog and a Facebook account and now he is publicizing his email to get in touch with the general citizens.

Brazil: Chained Teachers in the Freedom Square

  17 September 2011

Brazilian blogger Beto Mafra shared [pt] videos and pictures of a demonstration of public school teachers in the state of Minas Gerais who after 101 days of strike, have chained themselves in front of the Palace of Liberty during a visit of the President Rousseff. The police later charged on...

Brazil: University Campus Closed Due to a “Legalize” Party

  17 September 2011

The Rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), Dirceu de Melo, ordered closing down the main campus on September 16, to prevent the First Festival of Cannabis Culture [pt] – a party seeking to discuss the legalization of marijuana among students, informs us [pt] Ivan de Sampaio,...

Uganda: Is This the End of Amnesty for LRA Rebels?

  17 September 2011

Uganda seeks to end amnesty for rebels belong to the Lord's Resistance Army, Ashley Benner reports: “The controversial trial of former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Thomas Kwoyelo has taken a discouraging turn. The first former LRA rebel to stand trial, Kwoyelo has applied for amnesty through Uganda’s Amnesty Act of...

South African: Facebook Profile Picture Creates Controversy

  17 September 2011

South Africa's Facebook profile photo creates controversy: Authorities in South Africa are investigating a white man’s Facebook profile picture with a hunting rifle and a big grin kneeling in a classic hunter’s pose over what appears to be the lifeless body of a black boy – as if he is...

D.R of Congo: California Passes Bill on Congo Conflict Minerals

  17 September 2011

California passes first-ever state bill on Congo conflict minerals: “By a vote of 67 to 11, the California state assembly passed a bill that prohibits state agencies from signing contracts with companies that fail to comply with federal regulations aimed at deterring business with armed groups in eastern Congo.”

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Zambia: Wikileaks Cables Not As Toxic

  17 September 2011

Almost a year after the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables' release, Zambia’s tranche of the documents have recently surfaced. As it turns out, nothing drastic has been disclosed by the leaks, which have proved so toxic in other countries.

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Philippines: Filipinos Abuzz With Miss Universe Results

  17 September 2011

And third runner up goes to…Miss Philippines! Shamcey Supsup's success has been the cause for much celebration and cheering in the Philippines at the conclusion of the 2011 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant held at Sao Paolo, Brazil. Filipinos both online and offline are talking about the result.

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Malaysia: Mahathir Says Bush Lied About 9/11

  17 September 2011

As the world commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack in the United States, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad came out again to declare that it was not the work of Muslim extremists. Jerrenn Lam reports.

Cuba: A Very Painful Issue

  17 September 2011

El Taburete [es] reposts singer-songwriter Vicente Feliú's statement on the controversy ensued after renowned artist Pablo Milanés publicly criticized the Cuban government.

Cuba: In Solidarity with World Bloggers

  17 September 2011

Yasmín Portales supports [es] fellow blogger Elaine Díaz's idea [es] of reuniting Cuban bloggers in Havana at the same time of the first world meeting of bloggers in Brazil next October [pt].

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