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1 November 2011

Stories from 1 November 2011

Serbia: Belgrade's Modernism

Nothing Against Serbia writes about the 1933 building by Branislav Kojic, which is “regarded as one of the most successful examples of modernism in Belgrade.”

Myanmar: A Year After Suu Kyi's Release

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...

Albania: Universities – Quantity vs Quality

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...

Serbia: Media Ownership Report

Eric Gordy of East Ethnia discusses a recent report on media ownership in Serbia.

Serbia: Nobel Prize Hoax

Very belatedly, links to the posts at East Ethnia and Belgraded, which talk about Dobrica Ćosić‘s Nobel Prize in Literature hoax.

Global Voices Podcast: Bridging the Language Gaps

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...

Egypt: Blogger Maikel Nabil Military Trial Postponed

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, who has so far spent 216 days in prison and 71 days on hunger strike, today refused to stand trial in a military court. Sanad...

Colombia: The 2011 Regional Elections

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...

South Asia: Celebrating the 7 Billionth Child

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....

Russia: Blogger from the Moscow Region Under Police Pressure

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...

Video: Opening a Coconut Hawaii Vs. Trinidad Style

The Presurfer points us towards this video contrasting two different styles of opening a green coconut to drink the water inside. One of them is definitely not for beginners!

Liberia: Reactions to the Resignation of Liberian Elections Chairman

Following questions about his credibility, James Fromayan, the former head of the Liberian Elections Commission, resigned yesterday. African Election Project reports that his resignation was prompted by the “Letter-gate” scandal.

Brazil: #OccupyBeloMonte Evicted from Dam Construction Site

On October 27, indigenous groups from the Xingu river area in Brazil occupied the construction site of the controversial Belo Monte dam. #OccupyBeloMonte, however, only lasted until the following day....

Mexico: Remembering Victims of Organized Crime on the Day of the Dead

This year, during All Saints Day and the Day of the Dead in Mexico, “small groups around the country are using the occasion to remember the thousands of people who...

Cuba: Archbishop Ortega Carries On

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,...

Iran: A Storm of Reactions to Hillary Clinton

A remark by Hillary Clinton in an interview with the BBC in October 26, that the Iranian Green Movement would be smart to seek foreign assistance, has spurred a lot...

Trinidad and Tobago: Broadcast Crime Referred to Prosecutors

Gerard Best reports that the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago has referred the controversial matter of a TV station airing footage of a minor being raped to the Director...

Cuba: Occupy on Facebook

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

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...

Greece: Polarized Reactions to the Debt “Haircut” Deal

The Greek debt "haircut" deal reached by European politicians and banks was touted as a solution to stem the sovereign debt crisis. However, many Greek citizens have reacted with uncertainty...

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