Stories from 7 October 2011
Curacao: Comedy or Mockery?
TRIUNFO DI SABLIKA calls a comedy show that is in town for five performances “Afro-Curacaoan mockery disguised as comedy”, saying: “The moment we stop legitimizing everything that destroys our self image or stagnates it from growing will be the moment we win. The moment we smile.”
Curacao: Inadequate Narrative on Slavery
A Netherlands-based Curacaoan blogger shares his impression of the debate on the television series “De Slavernij” (The Slavery): “It seems…that the production team (I’m excluding the historians and experts for now) has put little to no thought in how to structure the complex narratives surrounding the subject of slavery.”
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Blessing Up Vincy
“Lately, I've been feeling out of sorts with my island nation”: Still, Abeni believes that “despite the bad there's more to who/what we are.”
Caribbean: The Steve Jobs Effect
Bloggers from Bermuda and Cuba add their online tributes to the late Steve Jobs.
Bermuda: Economic Impact of Term Limits
“One day it's [term limits] about long term residency. The next about not letting expats steal jobs from Bermudians. Just pick one already will you”: Politics.bm says that the government is “doubling down on term limits with an election coming. This is very dangerous for Bermuda.”
Taiwan: Tribute to Steve Jobs
Programmer and open source activist Timdream wrote a tribute to Mr. Steve Jobs, about how his life matches with Mr. Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement address, in which he ask Stanford graduates to “look backwards and connect the dots”.
U.S. Releases Report on Social Media in Latin America
The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean recently released a report titled “Latin American Governments Need to ‘Friend’ Social Media and Technology”. Bloggings by boz helps break down some of the report's main points.
Bolivia: Spoil Vote Campaign for Upcoming Judicial Elections
Miguel A. Buitrago blogs about a campaign to promote the spoiled vote as a way to protest the upcoming judicial elections, which will be held on October 16.
Guatemala: Saying Goodbye to the ‘Guatemalan Picasso’
Rudy Girón says farewell to artist Efraín Recintos, “Guatemala’s most extraordinary and prolific artist” who passed away on October 2, 2011. She shares a slide show of his work.
Africa: R.I.P Steve Jobs, You Will be Missed
The co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011. African bloggers have taken time to pay tribute and remember his contribution to the world of technology.
Yemen: Celebrating the Bravery of Revolutionary Women
In their eight months of peaceful revolution, Yemenis have been an inspiration to many, not only to Arabs but to the world at large. Despite being the poorest Arab country, Yemeni men and women exhibited their richness in bravery, resilience and steadfastness. Noon Arabia pays tribute to Yemeni women in this post.
Yemen: Celebrating Tawakkol Karman
Tawakkol Karman, an outspoken journalist and human rights activist, described in the Guardian as a "thorn in [Yemeni President Ali Abdullah] Saleh's back", was today named as Yemen's first Noble Peace Prize winner. She has been a prime example of courage and bravery in Yemen since 2007. The reactions continue on Twitter.
Cameroon: Questions and Doubts Over Upcoming Election
On October 9, Cameroonians will be called on for the sixth time in the country's history to choose a president for the Republic. The election is characterized by the large number of candidates and voters - and by questions about the practices of the commission responsible for organizing elections.
Ada Lovelace Day: Inspirational Women in Action
Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. Read about Global Voices' tribute.
Malawi: Of Terror and Political Crisis
The Zeleza Post shares two articles discussing terror and political crisis in Malawi. One of the articles is written by Robert Chasowa, the murdered student, which many in Malawi believe led to his tragic death: “The nation is shellshocked at the depths of the bankrupt regime's political depravity and the...
Uganda: Breaking a 33 Year Jinx
Ugandans are anxiously waiting to make a comeback in African football: “Today, Kampala is very colourful. Lately it’s only this colourful on events like these. It’s two days before Uganda ‘celebrates’ it’s 49 years after independence but those years seem to mean nothing much this friday as Uganda plays Kenya...
Brazil: Mega No to Surveillance Wins FRIDA Award
The movement Mega No to Surveillance [pt], a Brazilian watchdog of online censorship, has won the FRIDA International Award in the category “Freedoms”. This joint initiative of Latin American Network Information Center, International Development Research Centre and Internet Society, rewards digital innovation and research initiatives that have made the Internet...
Brazil: Open Letter Defends Women's Dignity
Maria da Penha Neles, a Brazilian feminist blog, published an open letter [pt] by the activist Reginna Sampaio (@brazilpalestine) to the “sertanejo” [country music] duo Bruno & Marrone that, in a show in San Francisco, USA, called Brazilian women as sluts. The video of the show was widely shared online....
Yemen: Congrats to Tawakkol Karman
Congratulations have been pouring in from all corners since the winners of this year's much anticipated Nobel Peace Prize winners were announced. Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkol Karman joins Liberian President Ellen Sirleaf and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee as their year's winners.
Iran: Against forced Hijab
Setareiran proposes each Thursday at 17h, Iranian women move their veils for five seconds to protest against forced veil (hijab).
Iran: MP Calls Ahmadinejad's Government the Most Corrupt Ever
Here is a video on You Tube in which Alikhani,a member of the Iranian parliament, calls Ahmadinejad's government the most corrupt government that Iran has ever known.