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22 September 2011

Stories from 22 September 2011

Ukraine: Vitaly Portnikov's “Winter Time”

Foreign Notes posts a loose translation of Vitaly Portnikov's latest analytical piece [ru] on the political situation in Ukraine.

Latvia: Talk Show Host Fired for “Breach of Good Taste”

Free Speech Emergency in Latvia reports that a Latvian-American talk show host has been fired from LTV for calling certain politicians “whores.”

Ukraine: Chernobyl Trip Reports

At Desolation Travel, Jane Keeler and Derek Kedziora write about their trip to Chernobyl this past summer.

Poland: “Hot Autumn in Politics”

Politics, Economy, Society writes about the upcoming Oct. 9 parliamentary elections in Poland.

Armenia: Punishing homophobia

Unzipped: Gay Armenia reports that a regional tour company has announced that it will not be sponsoring or advertising on Radio Van, a local radio station accused of spreading hate-speech...

Russia: Jokes and Xenophobia

Donna Welles writes about Russian jokes (and a blog that translates Russian and Ukrainian jokes into English) – and about xenophobia.

Bolivia: Police Block Indigenous Territory Anti-Highway March

Protests have continued by indigenous marchers to stop the building of a highway through the Indigenous Territory National Park Isiboro Sécure in Bolivia. Police recently blocked the march, raising tensions...

Chile: Twitter Reports on March for Education Reform

El Dínamo has put together a Storify post [es] with reports, pictures, and reactions to today's march for education reform. You can read more tweets about the march by following...

Mexico: Twitter Users Accused of “Terrorism” are Released

Two Twitter users who faced jail over “terrorism and sabotage” for spreading rumors of narco-related violence on social networks have been released. Bloggings by boz explains: “The local government created...

Uruguay: Economic Growth and Happiness

According to a forecast by the Intentional Monetary Fund, Uruguay's economy will expand 6% in 2011. Rosario Queirolo in Razones y personas: repensando Uruguay (“Reasons and people: rethinking Uruguay”) comments...

Cuba: Image of a Free Woman

Rebeca Monzo examines the new image of the Cuban woman, saying: “In official spheres they speak of the revolutionary woman, mother, comrade, worker, housewife. But what’s certain is that, more...

Cuba: Officers Sentenced

Crossing the Barbed Wire blogs about three officials of the National Revolutionary Police who will be serving prison terms “presumptively [for] overrul[ing] charges (in exchange for gifts) against a truck...

U.S. Virgin Islands: Where's the Improvement?

News of St. John says it just “doesn't seem right…that budget allocations to the St. John Capital Improvement Fund never seem to be earmarked to help improve St. John's streets,...

CEE: Top 10 Worldwide Download Speed

Watcher.com.ua reports [uk] that, according to a 6-month study of 27 million downloads by 20 million computers in 224 countries conducted by Pando Networks, Romania (1,909KBps), Bulgaria (1,611KBps), Lithuania (1,462KBps)...

Cuba: Parents Detained; What Happens to Child?

Uncommon Sense calls the “countless number of children [who] have been separated from their families…one of the regime’s more unforgivable sins” and goes on to highlight the plight of a...

Cuba: “Green Collar” Criminals

Generation Y says that “the latest episode of moral corruption in the business sector is related to the highly publicized fiber optic cable connecting us to Venezuela.”

Ukraine: Euro 2012 “Travel Advisory”

“Travel advisory for Ukraine and EURO-2012” from uaMuzik's Vasyl – “short and sweet”: “Travel there with extreme caution – levels of barbarity and disrespect for human life by law enforcement...

Global Voices Seeks Administration and Finance Manager

Global Voices seeks a Finance and Administration Manager to support our operations on a daily basis. To express your interest, please send a cover letter and CV to “job AT...

China: A water calligraphy dot matrix printer

Danwei has produced a video interview with Nicholas Hanna, a media artist who has built a tricycle that can paint Chinese characters with water on the ground as it moves....

Azerbaijan: Peace Corps Reflections

Aaron in Azerbaijan comments on a Global Voices post on the U.S. Peace Corps in Turkmenistan and reflects on the situation as a volunteer in Azerbaijan.

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