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3 October 2011

Stories from 3 October 2011

Chile: With Therapeutic Abortion Up for Vote, Chile is Pro-Tweet

As Chile’s Senate decides whether to join the all but five countries around the world that allow therapeutic abortion, Chileans are signing on to social networks en masse to talk...

Ukraine: President Yanukovych in The Simpsons?

The newest episode of cartoon The Simpsons went viral in Ukraine after it humorously portrayed the country and a Kiev mafioso named Victor, who, as many netizens pointed out, resembled...

Puerto Rico: Occupy Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has joined the occupation movement that has spread across the United States, and they are also using Facebook and Twitter to communicate and share information.

USA: Occupy Together

The website Occupy Together offers a wealth of information on the social movements catalyzing in many cities in the United States and in other countries around the world against corporate...

Philippines: Fake Government Photo Spawns Meme

Online furor over a Philippine government agency's posting of a fabricated photo showing officials 'inspecting' a typhoon-struck street has spawned a meme wherein netizens make their own versions of the...

Cape Verde: Fishing Agreement with European Union

Cape-verdean journalist Odair Varela, on his blog, makes a critical analysis [pt] to the new agreement between Cape Verde's government and the European Union for the exploitation of the country's...

Cape Verde: Cesaria Evora Retires

Momar niang posted on their blog: “Following the advice of her Paris doctors to cancel her upcoming tour, Cesaria and her manager and producer José da Silva have agreed that...

Portugal: Watchdog of Public Domain

A blog that aims to act as a watchdog of public domain in Portugal [pt] and beyond was recently launched.

Cuba: Suppressing an “Arab Spring”

“General Raúl Castro will not permit an Arab Spring in Cuba,” explains Iván García, adding: “Those who publicly oppose the Castros, whether through a blog, web, opposition party or shouting...

Curacao: Changes Needed in Court of Justice

“A Dutch European lawyer indiscriminately lambasting a prime minister and a party leader in front of four innocent new judges…indoctrinating them from day one how to judicially digest post-colonial power...

Zambia: Appointment of White Vice President Causes Online Buzz

The shocking, but not entirely unexpected, appointment of Zambia's new Vice President Guy Scott has created buzz online. Scott is an indigenous white Zambian. Gershom Ndhlovu reports.

Trinidad & Tobago: Making Our Own Films

In a review republished at Trinidad and Tobago News Blog, Corey Gilkes found that the cricket documentary, Fire in Babylon, “showed just how important it is that WE need to...

Colombia: Mining Debate Continues as New Minister is Appointed

Colombians are using social networks, blogs and YouTube to comment on issues related to mining in the country, like its effects on the environment, the appointment of a new Minister...

Chile: September 29 Student Protests in Photos

Adam Isacson links to a Flickr photostream with photos by Marcos S. González Valdés of the latest student protest which took place on September 29. The images, as Adam Isacson...

Panama: The Struggle Against Mining

Joao Q in Mediocerrado [es] wonders “What happened to the anti-mining struggle in Panama?”, and attempts to bring the issue of mining back to the public discussion with a post...

Colombia: ‘The Poetess of La Candelaria’

Mike blogs about Johanna Henry, a woman who hands out poems “for a small contribution” in a plaza in Bogotá: “I don't know her history well, but her roots are...

Bermuda: What's the Plan?

“What Bermuda needs is a plan. Multiple plans actually: a retail plan, an international business plan, a tourism plan” – and Politics.bm is afraid that the government doesn't actually have...

Guyana: Dreaming of a Better Day

“I’s just one gal standing on a shore that's clutter-up with garbage, staring towards me horizon”: Still, Guyana-Gyal can dream.

Brazil: Historic Speech at UN for Brazil's First Female President

Dilma Rousseff, the first female president elected in Brazil, has also become the first woman to open an annual meeting of the General Assembly of United Nations, on September 21....

Equatorial Guinea: 11 Luxury Cars Belonging to Obiang's Son Seized in Paris

11 luxury cars belonging to the son of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea were seized [fr] on September 28 in Paris, as part of the undergoing “Ill-Gotten Gains” investigation....

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