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16 November 2011

Stories from 16 November 2011

Guinea: A Guide to Flirting in Conakry

Alimou Sow lists 10 rules [fr] for flirting in Conakry in his blog entitled ‘Ma Guinée Plurielle': “Like everywhere else, flirting in Conakry follows rules which evolve over time. Here...

Russia: Hidden Camera Reveals Illegal Electioneering in School

A scandal caused by a hidden camera recording at a school in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, has highlighted a serious problem in Russian schools: teachers campaigning for the ruling United Russia party.

Peru: Reflecting on Anti-Mining Protests

Peruvian bloggers reflect on recent protests and social conflicts related to environmental problems caused by mining, and the influence these problems might have on the future actions of the government...

Brazil: Online Campaign to Protect Xingu Against Belo Monte

A new movement called Gota D'Água (Drop of Water) [pt] has launched an online campaign to discuss Brazil's energy planning through the analysis of the Belo Monte dam project. The...

Cuba: The Church, The Government & The Dissidents

Bloggers question the approach of the Catholic Church in Cuba here and here, while Pedazos de La Isla reports on recent crackdowns on dissidents, here and here.

Trinidad & Tobago: Bull S**t Artists

Plain Talk explains why he thinks that Trinidad and Tobago needs a National Bullshit Council.

Bermuda: “Occupy” Movement at its End

Respice Finem comments on the de-occupation of Wall Street, here.

Haiti: Cholera Compensation or Opportunism?

Stanley Lucas has a few questions about a court case that is seeking to compensate Haitian cholera victims, saying: “At worst, it seems an opportunistic attempt to capitalize on a...

Trinidad & Tobago: Fight at Project Launch

B.C. Pires comments on a fracas that broke out, allegedly among rival gang members, at the launch of a government project: “It would be shocking if it wasn’t par for...

Cuba: Honouring the Island's Patron Saint

Havana Times reports on the celebration of an outdoor mass this past weekend “in honor of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, considered by Catholics to be the ‘Patron...

Honduras: National Popular Resistance Front Forms New Political Party

The National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP for its initials in Spanish) has formed a new political party called Libre (short for Libertad y Refundación, “Freedom and Refoundation”). The blog Honduras...

Chile: Changes in University Student Leadership

Robert L. Funk blogs about the recently elected president of the Catholic University Student Federation (FEUC), Noam Titelman. Titelman belongs to “the same political faction as the outgoing president, Giorgio...

El Salvador: A Sustainable Alternative to GMO Crops

Colleen O'Brien in Locavore del Mundo reports “the Salvadoran government is considering trials of genetically modified crops.” However, she argues “a more sustainable solution would be to implement other types...

Kuwait: Video Campaign to Teach Citizens about the Constitution

To mark the 49th anniversary of the Kuwaiti constitution, a group of activists decided to remind citizens of the different clauses of the constitution. Under the theme of Tadry [ar]...

Zambia: Porn Video Sparks Debate on Gender, Culture and Morality

A video clip of a young female student at one of Zambia’s expensive colleges having sex with her boyfriend has surfaced on a hardcore pornography website. The case has generated...

Russia: Official List of Extremist (Forbidden) Materials Grows Over 1000 Items

Sova center publishes [ru] another update of the list [ru] of extremist materials (run by the Ministry of Justice). After the update, which includes 1 YouTube video, kavkazcenter.com (radical separatist...

Greece: Send Your Tale of the Financial Crisis

Sendyourtale is a Greek blog that invites readers, in the manner of the PostSecret project, to send in their personal tales of the financial crisis, to be published anonymously in Greek...

Greece: Giving Aid to Inmates of Elaionas Women's Prison

A team of bloggers [el] is cooperating with social workers at the Elaionas women's prison in Thebes, Greece, in order to give aid to imprisoned mothers and their children. The blog...

Egypt: Commemorating 40 Years of Pope Shenouda on Twitter

Egyptian Copts, among others, decided to criticize Pope Shenouda III on the occasion of his 40th Ordination anniversary. The anniversary coincided with the end of the 40 day mourning period...

United States: What Your Kids Talk About on Facebook

For the online exhibition “Voices of Motherhood” by the International Museum of Women, Kathy Halper in the U.S. was inspired by the experience of “friending” her own daughter on Facebook...

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