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1 November 2011

Stories from 1 November 2011

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Myanmar: A Year After Suu Kyi's Release

  1 November 2011

A year has passed since Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was released from prison. How did netizens react? Did the government censor news reports about Suu Kyi? What are her political plans?

Albania: Universities – Quantity vs Quality

  1 November 2011

Home of the Albanian Blogger writes about a BalkanInsight.com article, whose author has “counted some 10 public and over 30 private universities [in Albania], which beats the rest of the Balkan countries.” The quality of education at some of these institutions is something to be worried about, too.

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Global Voices Podcast: Bridging the Language Gaps

  1 November 2011

In this edition of the Global Voices Podcast we discuss languages that are hard to find on the internet. Are you from a place where your mother tongue is not widely spoken? Then you may one of many people around the world who speak and write under-represented languages. We also look forward to the 11 Eleven Project on 11/11/11.

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Colombia: The 2011 Regional Elections

  1 November 2011

On Sunday, October 30, Colombia held regional elections for local public posts. Due to the importance of these posts, these elections are tracked in the same manner as the presidential elections. Citizens followed the voting closely and the elections were widely discussed on citizen media platforms and social networks.

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South Asia: Celebrating the 7 Billionth Child

  1 November 2011

On the 31 October, the earth welcomed Oishi, a newborn in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. She carried a special message - she is the 7 billionth child of the world. Also in South Asia, Muthumani from Sri Lanka and Nargis from India, both newborn girls, were celebrated as the symbolic 7 billionth human in the world.

Russia: Blogger from the Moscow Region Under Police Pressure

RuNet Echo  1 November 2011

Novaya Gazeta publishes [ru] the story of Vladimir Pronin, a commenter from the Moscow region, who was publishing online materials that exposed corruption in Odintsovo city police. He was first accused of libel but during the search that was conducted in his house, police allegedly planted the ammunition. The court, however, dismissed...

Cuba: Archbishop Ortega Carries On

  1 November 2011

Unlike other bloggers and many dissidents, The Cuban Triangle supports the Archbishop of Havana, whose resignation letter was dismissed by the Pope, who “told him to stay where he is, and to continue doing what he is doing.”

Cuba: Occupy on Facebook

  1 November 2011

The Occupy Wall Street phenomenon has apparently inspired an Occupy Cuba movement; Uncommon Sense posts links about it here and here.

Barbados: Accept Gays or Lose Aid Money

  1 November 2011

In light of the British Prime Minister's statement threatening “countries that ban homosexuality with losing aid payments unless they reform”, Barbados Underground says that “the financial dependent countries of the world will have no choice but to fall in line.”

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