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23 September 2011

Stories from 23 September 2011

Timor-Leste eProcurement Portal

The East Timor government says it established the Timor-Leste eProcurement Portal to enhance transparency and accountability. The website “allows citizens, donors, NGOs and the press to analyze and search information...

East Timor: Proposed Base Law on Environment

La’o Hamutuk provides an unofficial translation of East Timor's proposed Base Law on Environment which seeks to provide the legal framework in protecting the country's environment.

Thailand: Commemoration of 2006 Coup

Lillian Suwanrumpha posts pictures of the assembly of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship or popularly known as Red Shirts as the group commemorated the five-year anniversary of the...

Russia: Racial Propaganda in the State-Owned Media

Drawing on a rich tradition of "political technology" honed under both the Tsarist and Soviet police states, the Russian media are now rife with paid stories planted to advance specific...

Cuba: “Capitalism of the Castros”

Iván García explains that “the Cuba of the 21st century is split in two. The islet of the gentleman and the atoll of the comrade.”

Haiti: Duvalier's Lawyer Disrupts Press Conference

mediahacker posts audio of “one of Jean-Claude Duvalier’s lawyers…attempt[ing] to shout over Gerardo Ducos, a researcher for Amnesty International, as he [spoke] to reporters…about his organization’s call for prosecuting the...

Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Troy Davis’ Execution

Trinidadian bloggers share their thoughts on the Troy Davis execution, with Afrobella saying: “I’m not here to rehash the facts of the Troy Davis case or to analyze the details...

Cuba: “Damas” March Tomorrow

Uncommon Sense will have his eye on Cuba tomorrow as “the Damas De Blanco (‘Ladies In White)…participate in a march and other ceremonies commemorating Our Lady of Mercy, the patroness...

Guyana, Jamaica: Possessed by Strong Narrative

“My favorite short stories work like cinematic vignettes…connecting in some major way with narrative voice…is for me the key component to enjoying short fiction”: Litblogger Charmaine Valere says that Jamaican...

Israel: Beyond ‘us’ and ‘them,’ Lihi Yona is an Arab Jew

Israeli woman Lihi Yona, a Moroccan Jew descendent, reclaims her Arab roots and complicates local identity politics on a bus ride to Jordan to attend a Lebanese band performance. The...

Jordan: MPs Wage Battle Against the Youth

This week's House of Representatives parliament sessions in Amman, Jordan, have been the center of public discontent, especially among the youth community. Jordan's young population came under fire during the...

Mexico: Uproar Over Twitter Law Proposed by Veracruz Governor

A controversial law in Mexico could imprison those who spread rumors through social networks on the charge of "disturbing public order". Mexicans are speaking out against the law, which has...

El Salvador: Residents of High-Crime Area Speak of Soldier's Harsh Tactics

Tim recommends a blog post by Danny Burridge “about lives lived under the harsh tactics of Salvadoran soldiers patrolling a high-crime area”. Tim explains that Danny doesn't blog often because...

Spain: Crowdsourcing Democracy

The website 100 medidas (100 measures) [es] is a crowdsourcing project that is collecting citizen's recommendations on how to improve  the government. People will vote for the best 100 measures,...

Zambia: Tweeps Celebrate Michael Sata's Victory

Zambian tweeps as well as other Africans on Twitter have joined thousands of Zambians who have been celebrating around the country since last night. Here is a roundup of tweets...

Russia: Controlled Media Support Party Hijacking

With Russia’s parliamentary and presidential elections quickly approaching, political battles are becoming an almost daily occurrence. The latest scandal has reminded many bloggers that political celebrities can be discredited as...

North Korea: Google Earth Reveals Death Camps in Detail

Kyle Wagner from Gizmodo site wrote a post on one of the most detailed images of the North Korean concentration camps taken by Google Earth. It is estimated that over...

Russia: Cyber Security Code of Conduct?

The Russian government is attempting to spread the system of Internet controls abroad. Russian bloggers are interpreting these attempts as either the current regime's basic self-preservation instinct, or, even more...

Puerto Rico: Santurce is Law

The art blog Fractal [es] covered what seems to have been a wonderful night during the event Santurce es Ley, a collective artistic movement dedicated to revitalizing and connecting the...

Puerto Rico: “Occupy Wall Street”

Sofía Gallisá writes about the “Occupy Wall Street” movement in the digital publication 80 Grados [es].

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