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17 October 2011

Stories from 17 October 2011

Macedonia: Public Debate on Down Syndrome

Prof. Vladimir Trajkovski, MD, PhD, blogged [mk] about the public debate on the Down Syndrome, which was held in Skopje on Oct. 15 with over 300 participants, including the Croatian...

Macedonia: Blog Action Day Entries About Food

Macedonian bloggers, who have joined this year's Blog Action Day, include Dzamski, who wrote [mk, en] about the ongoing campaigns to raise awareness about the socio-economic roots of the famine...

Chile: Citizen Photos of October 15 Protests

Citizens throughout Chile participated in the October 15 protests. Online new site El Dínamo [es] put together a Storify post [es] with pictures shared on Twitter.

Mexico: October 15 Protests in Photos

Animal Político [es] posts photos of the October 15 protests in Mexico. Mexicans used the hashtag #15Omx to tweet reports, photos, and reactions.

Uruguay's Candombe

Eva Blair Smith from Ola Uruguay blogs about candombe music in a post titled “The Heartbreat of Uruguay: A History of Candombe Drumming.”

Poetry Slam Activism in Francophone Africa

Poetry slam is a well-known channel of expression for many activists in North America but the rest of the world has now embraced this unique blend of poetry and rhythmic...

Ethiopia: Aberash Hailay's Case Ignites Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women

Aberash Hailay is an Ethiopian Airlines flight attendant whose ex-husband, Fisseha Tadesse, stabbed both her eyes with a knife in Bangkok, Thailand. Ethiopian activists are using the Internet to call...

Cuba: Mourning the Loss of Laura Pollan

Cuban bloggers are in mourning over the death of Laura Pollan, the former leader of the opposition group Las Damas de Blanco. The sad news made its way across the...

Malaysia: #cleanbefore13 hashtag

The twitter hashtag #cleanbefore13 refers to the campaign to pressure the Malaysian government to implement immediate electoral reforms before the 2013 general elections.

Vietnam: Halal Restaurants

GoHalalPlanet is a website that provides information on Halal restaurants in Vietnam

Portugal: Photos and Videos of October 15 Protests

The October 15 protests in Portugal, calling for “participatory democracy, transparency in policy and the end of the precariousness of life”, gathered around 80,000 in the main squares of the...

Vietnam: Trial of Detained Blogger Postponed

Viet Tan reports that the trial of detained blogger and Mathematics professor Pham Minh Hoang has been postponed. The blogger was charged with subversion.

Brazil: Creating Opportunities for Life After Jail

While serving time in jail, Ronaldo Monteiro kickstarted a project with fellow detainees and turned his life around. Years later, released on parole, Monteiro now coordinates an NGO that offers...

Anti-Malaysianism in Indonesia?

Farish A Noor discusses the perceived anti-Malaysianism sentiment in Indonesia. The author hopes for better relations between the two neighbors in the Southeast Asian region

Madagascar: The Birthplace of the “Occupy Wall Street” Philosophy ?

Dan Berrett argues in the Chronicle of Higher Education that the ” Occupy Wall Street's most defining characteristics—its decentralized nature and its intensive process of participatory, consensus-based decision-making—are rooted in...

Russia: Networked Volunteers Save Lives of Missing Children

In September 2010, 4-year-old Liza and her aunt went missing in the forest and were found dead. Liza's volunteer rescuers decided to establish a network called "Liza Alert" whose members...

Trinidad & Tobago: Food Posts for Blog Action Day

Regional bloggers add their voices to Blog Action Day 2011.

Trinidad & Tobago: Freedom of Speech

Trinidadian bloggers discuss freedom of speech.

Barbados: FIFA & Ethics

Barbados Free Press is keeping its eyes on the unfolding controversy with former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner and other regional football officials.

Malaysia: Proposed Electoral Reforms

Bersih 2.0 is pressing the Malaysian government to implement eight electoral reforms in preparation for the next general elections. Bersih organized a massive demonstration last July which evolved into a...

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