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27 October 2011

Stories from 27 October 2011

Colombia: Photos of Student Protests at Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá

Mike shares photos of student protests at Plaza de Bolívar in Bogotá. “Lots of people protest for lots of causes in central Bogotá, but few of them seem to have...

Nicaragua: Blogger Argues Digital Journalism in the Country is on the Right Track

Carlos R. Fonseca says [es] he was surprised when participants in a discussion panel at the Universidad Centroamericana affirmed that digital journalism in Nicaragua is “stagnant”. Carlos argues that digital...

Madagascar: 16 candidates for the Prime Minister Position

Valis reports that the selection of the new prime minister in Madagascar among the 16 official candidates was postponed [fr] from October 23rd to  October 28 because no consensus could be found between...

Guatemala: Three Generals Finally Arrested and Indicted for Genocide

Guatemalan courts are set to face a challenge without precedent in the country: prosecuting genocide. After three decades of failed efforts to prosecute the Guatemalan Army, three generals stand accused...

France: New Visa Restrictions for Foreign University Graduates

France has taken a legal step which makes it more difficult for foreign students who have graduated from French universities to work on French territory and thus change their student...

Mexico: Discussing the Possibility of Recall Elections

The Chamber of Deputies in Mexico has been discussing a political reform for weeks. But the initiative that reached the floor lacks elements that its supporters considered essential, like the...

Algeria: Algerian Journalists Reactions to the Tunisian Elections

Algerian blog Algérie-Politique published  a round-up of Algerian journalists’ comments [fr and ar] on the October 23 Tunisian constituent election. Many  were very impressed and inspired by this “example of...

Egypt: A Class Project That Became One of Egypt's Biggest Charities

From a class discussion after a lecture at Cairo University, to the building one of the biggest charity and volunteer organizations in Egypt. Here's the story of how university professor...

South Korea: Warning to Twitter Influencers Fails to Discourage Voters

South Korean capital, Seoul, elected a new mayor on October 26. The mayoral race was a fierce battle between an elitist female candidate from the ruling party and an outsider...

Russia: 24,300+ Personal Records Belonging to Pro-Kremlin Youth Camp Participants Leaked

Russia is entering a personal data leak war led by anonymous hackers. After the partly-fake contents of the Alexey Navalny's mailbox was published, the RuNet was struck with another massive...

Brazil: Belo Monte Dam Construction Site is Occupied

Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) reports [pt] that 600 people have occupied Belo Monte Dam construction site in Altamira, brazilian state of Pará. Journalist Beth Begonha (@BethBegonha) said [pt] that Kayapó...

Ghana: Meet Two Ghanaian Musicians M3nsa and M.manifest

Kobby Graham introduces his readers to two Ghanaian musicians, M.anifest and M3nsa: “First and foremost though, m.anifest is a hiphop MC. Straight no chaser and when it comes to straight...

Tanzania: Who Killed Zinjanthropus?

TEDxDar 2011 asks, “Who Killed Zinjanthropus?”: “This year’s TED theme is “storytelling” and from this we have created our central theme for TEDxDar 2011: “Who Killed Zinjanthropus?” With Tanzania approaching...

Tanzania: New Blog to Connect College Students

TZCampusVibe: Life of University Students is a new Swahili and English blog in Tanzania that connects University students in the country.

Russia: Pre-Election Scandals, YouTube Videos and Semi-Anonymous Protest

Anna Arutiunova at Russia Profile covers recent pre-election RuNet scandals (see also this week's GV coverage here and here). “RuNet has become an essential platform for the dirty business of...

Overview of Occupy Southeast Asia

‘Occupy’ protests are also spreading in Southeast Asia. Inspired by the global ‘Occupy’ movement, assemblies were organized this month in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore. Here is an overview of...

Collecting Audio of UN Human Rights Declaration in 370 Languages

United_Sounds on SoundCloud is compiling the largest collection of audio recordings of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in more than 370 languages. If you speak a language they...

Brazil: Is the Ruling Party an LGBT Ally?

Marcelo Gerald published a series of posts (part 1, 2 and 3) [pt] on the blog Eleições Hoje (Elections Today), that analyses the position of the ruling party in Brazil,...

Bahamas: Economics of the Environment

Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith uses a case of environmental destruction from Belize to make a point about “the economic impact of Bahamian protected areas.”

Bahamas: “War” Against Women & Children

“The war against women and children in the Bahamas rages on,” says Womanish Words, adding: “This war that was dismissed for years as ‘domestic’ violence is by far the biggest...

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