4 October 2011

Stories from 4 October 2011

China: The Cost of Space Ambition

  4 October 2011

China's launch of an unmanned space station last week, says the editor of a Tokyo-based newspaper for Chinese expats, has given Japan reason to step up its contribution to the universal endeavor of space exploration - if it can afford it.

Colombia: El Puente_lab Making a Difference in Moravia, Medellin

  4 October 2011

In Medellín, Colombia, the project Hiperbarrio (Rising Voices project) is being developed along with other interesting projects that attempt to improve social inclusion and citizen media training. One project we highlight in this article is the El Puente_lab, a production platform for art and culture.

Azerbaijan: Down for the count?

  4 October 2011

Tamada Tales comments on remarks made by a senior member of the ruling government party in Azerbaijan in response to allegations made by the BBC that a senior official tried to bribe the oil-rich country's way to two gold medals for boxing in next year's Olympic Games to be held...

Africa: Maker Faire Africa 2011 is Here

Get ready for Maker Faire Africa 2011: “From October 6 – 8, 2011; Inventors, Developer, Makers, Idealist, Entrepreneurs and Bloggers will meet-up on the campus of American University in Cairo for Maker Faire Africa 2011 under the hash-tag: #MFA11.”

Africa: The African Photographer and the Camera

  4 October 2011

Learn about the African photographer and the camera from Nana Acquah: “Traditionally, the African photographer has been an artisan. He’s not been considered any different from a carpenter or mason or vulcanizer. Photographic Imagery has been as useful as furniture.”

Nigeria: Role of the Internet in Spreading Humanism

  4 October 2011

Critical Point explains the role of the Internet in spreading humanism: “The internet provides a forum, missing in Nigeria and similar countries, to have on-going debate and develop ideas. With the refusal of the religiously influenced Nigerian media to report humanist stories, the internet is the only way the movement...

Bolivia: TIPNIS Marchers Determined to Reach La Paz

  4 October 2011

Dario Kenner updates his blog on the ongoing TIPNIS conflict. Despite last week's police repression, marchers are determined to reach La Paz. Dario says there are two main unanswered questions: “Will the government listen to the signals and change its positions?” and “Who gave the order for the police repression...

Arab Bloggers Meet in Tunis

On Monday in Tunis, the 3rd Arab Bloggers Meeting kicked off with a day-long public conference. The meeting is co-hosted by Global Voices, Nawaat and Heinrich Böll Foundation and is attended by around 100 bloggers from nearly all Arab countries.

Peru: Project Captures Stories of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

  4 October 2011

Catherine Binet, in her blog for The Advocacy Project, introduces the series Not One, but Fifteen Thousand Voices by the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF): “Yes, there are 15,000 missing persons in Peru. Yes, that is an impressive number. But to understand the tragedy of enforced disappearance, one must look...

Curacao: Remembering Our Heroes

  4 October 2011

TRIUNFO DI SABLIKA remembers the day in 1795 when “Tula and the rest of our liberation warriors [were] executed after they revolted against the Dutch slavery system”, saying: “One of the main reasons you forget about the killings of our freedom fighting warriors easily is because we have a cultural...

Jamaica: On Golding's Resignation

  4 October 2011

Jamaica Woman Tongue weighs in on the possible reason's behind the Prime Minister's resignation, while Girl With a Purpose is concerned that while Golding “has set the stage for Jamaica to undergo transformational leadership…it is doubtful that this can truly happen with our present crop of politicians and those who...

North Korea: Kim Jong-il's Grandson and His Footprint in Social Media

  4 October 2011

Kim Han-sol, a teenager believed to be the grandson of Kim Jong-il has blocked access to his social media accounts after media made numerous reports on his admission into a Bosnian school. Many have succeeded in capturing his comments and pictures before access has been denied. North Korea Tech blog...

Bermuda: Back & Forth Over Retail Measures

  4 October 2011

“The 40% hike in airport duty (combined with a steep reduction in allowances) has people freaked”, says Vexed Bermoothes, adding: “Is the Government so broke that it needs to restrict Bermudians’ freedom for a mere $4.2 million in additional tax revenue?” Beach Lime, meanwhile, quips: “There is not a facepalm...

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