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24 October 2011

Stories from 24 October 2011

Photos: Flash Mob Encouraging Youth to Vote, South Korea

South Korean citizen media Wiki Tree posted [ko] a video and photos of flash mob encouraging South Korean young voters to participate in the coming election on October 26, 2011.

Hungary: Live-Blogging Oct. 23 Opposition Protest in Budapest

The Contrarian Hungarian live-blogged Sunday's opposition rally in Budapest, which had been organized through Facebook (hu; en) and drew “many tens of thousands” of protesters.

Egypt: Catch the Former Regime Remnants

Last April, an Egyptian court ordered the dissolution of the political organization that ruled the nation for decades. Its members are however reinventing themselves, joining the lists of candidates vying...

Tunisia: Provisional Results Suggest Islamists Advance

Provisional results of the October 23 election in Tunisia suggest that the Islamist party Ennahdha took the biggest share of the votes. Counting of the votes is still underway, and...

Macedonia: Million Tweets – an Existentialist Parody Poem

Blogger iskra_iskric has dared to adapt a Macedonian rock classic by the band Arhangel to the new digital reality, creating a new poem on tweetering.

USA: Lawrence Lessig's “Republic, Lost”

@Therealpsmst recommends [mk] the talk by anti-corruption activist, law professor and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig (@lessig): “Republic, Lost” is about the role of campaign contribution racket in the times...

Honduras: Blogger's Facebook Account is Shut Down

‘La Gringa’, from La Gringa's Blogcito, says her Facebook account was disabled because someone filed a complaint about her username (‘La Gringa’, her internet pseudonym) after she published a series...

El Salvador: A Look at Relief Efforts as Water Recedes

The rain has stopped and water is starting to recede in El Salvador; Tim's El Salvador Blog now looks at relief efforts after torrential rains hit El Salvador and other...

Chile: Students Storm Former Congress Building

Robert L. Funk reports on the storming of the former Congress building in Santiago by students during “a Committee meeting to which the Education Minister had been invited”. Protesters refused...

East Timor: Petition to Keep the Country Debt-Free

The Movimento Kontra Deve (Movement Against Debt) and East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) have launched a joint petition to “For a Debt-Free Timor-Leste”. The Government of Timor-Leste is...

Africa: Africa's Challenge to Western Homosexuality

Critical Point discusses Africa's challenge to Western homosexuality: “I feel disappointment when African leaders immediately submit to a foreign concept in order to be assimilated into an “International Community” whose...

Zambia: Presidential Immunity Must be Limited to the Term of Office

Gershom argues that presidential immunity in Zambia must be limited to the term of office: “With the revelations coming out regarding the conduct of Zambia’s immediate former president Rupiah Banda...

Zambia: Netizens Divided Over Sata's Apology to Angola

Since he took over as Zambia’s president after the September 20 election, Michael Sata has committed several diplomatic blunders. The biggest talking point is his apology to the Angolan government...

Colombia: Workers and Students Take to the Streets in Protest

Public sector workers and university students have hit the streets of Colombia to express their dissatisfaction. Cati Restrepo explores some of their concerns.

Argentina: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner Re-Elected President

Presidential elections held in Argentina on October 23 resulted in a sweeping victory for current President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, according to preliminary results. This post looks at how Argentinians...

Cameroon: French Politician Denounces Irregularities in the Cameroonian Election

Eva Joly, the green party candidate for the French 2012 presidential election, denounced on her blog the re-election  of Paul Biya, Cameroon incumbent president.  She points out  that even the...

Mozambique: Uniting Small Farmers for a Better Tomorrow

Mr. Júlio dos Santos Pêssego is one of the principal leaders of the "peasant movement" in Niassa province in Mozambique. He helps organize community groups that work to defend land...

Cameroon : The First Lady Fake Twitter Account

Journalist Beaugas-Orain Djoyoum writes an article entitled ‘The Saucy Chantal Biya‘ [fr] in the Cameroonian IT news portal TIC Mag. He describes the typical updates that can be found on the...

Cuba: Recounting Repression

Pedazos de La Isla posts two accounts of Cuban dissidents being beaten and detained, allegedly “just for trying to travel within their own country” and “for demonstrating peacefully”.

Trinidad & Tobago: Making Anya the Fan Favourite

The deadline for voting for the Project Runway Fan Favourite is this Wednesday, October 26, at midnight – and Trinidad Carnival Diary is drumming up support for local designer Anya...

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