1 December 2011

Stories from 1 December 2011

Venezuela: Photography Contest Shows Positive Side of Caracas

  1 December 2011

Centro Cultural Chacao and the blog Caracas Ciudad de la Furia [es] invited residents of Caracas to submit photos showing the positive side of the Venezuelan capital. You can see the participating photos in the contest's official Flickr gallery and read updates through their Twitter account (@ciudad_positiva) [es]. Winners will...

North Korea's State News Agency to Launch Chinese News Service

  1 December 2011

North Korea’s official news agency and Kim Jong-il's major propaganda outlet, Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) will start a Chinese news service this week. North Korea Tech blog wrote an analysis on the issue with background information on the news agency's history.

Mozambique: Reactions to an Everyday Urban Tragedy

  1 December 2011

Last week, Mozambican readers of the newspaper @Verdade reacted to the tragic and all-too-normal story of a man who was left to die near a Maputo marketplace after apparently suffering alcohol poisoning. Nearby police allegedly took over 24 hours to react. Residents in the vicinity said they were scared to intervene.

Global Voices Podcast: Technology that Empowers!

  1 December 2011

In this edition of the Global Voices podcast you can hear how women in Egypt are using technology to fight harassment, and what our Global Voices authors and editors got up to at the Mozilla Festival in London. We also mark World Aids Day by speaking to HIV/AIDS activists in Kenya and Egypt about the special work they do.

France: A Magazine For Women Living with Breast Cancer

  1 December 2011

Rose (Pink) is a new bi-yearly French magazine for women living with breast cancer or who had survived one. The publication is resolutely upbeat and “glossy”, it covers health issues as well as fashion and beauty, to fight the stigma and silence attached to breast cancer. An online version of...

Barbados: Silk Cotton Tree to be Felled

  1 December 2011

The decision to remove an old Silk Cotton tree to make room for a new roadway inspires bloggers to discuss the importance of green space and the power of social media to help “civic minded Barbadians…mobilize.”

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Aiming for Zero HIV

  1 December 2011

On World Aids Day, Abeni says: “The Caribbean has the second highest regional HIV prevalence after sub-Saharan Africa, although the epidemic has slowed considerably since the mid-1990s. The theme for World AIDS Day 2011 is ‘Getting to Zero.’ In other words wrap it up, get tested, dismantle the AIDS related...

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: West Indian Brotherhood?

  1 December 2011

As Barbadian fishermen appeared before a Tobago magistrate on charges of illegally entering the country yesterday, B.C. Pires suggests that “there’s something to be said…for one West Indian island locking up its brothers from another island on their Independence Day”, adding: “If you want to know what’s wrong with our...

Guyana: Still Waiting on Election Results

  1 December 2011

Even as the votes are still being counted following Guyana's general election, Guyana-Gyal says: “Some might forget that they ain’t God, they gon want to dictate how the poor and the rich must live or die, how days must end and darkness begin…when all is said and done, good health...

China, USA: Comparing Poverty Lines

  1 December 2011

China has decided to raise its poverty line to RMB 2,300 yuan (approximately USD 360) per capita income, but does the new poverty line reflect the reality of China's poor? And how does it compare to that of the United States?

Portugal: Posters on the crisis on Facebook

  1 December 2011

The Facebook page of the group Artigo 21º (the article of the Portuguese Constitution that details the “right to resist”) has been disseminating original material containing facts related to the austerity measures, with posters like this. It informs “more than 400,000 workers do not make more than 485€ a month”.

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Pomegranate Diplomacy

  1 December 2011

The Human Journalist posts a photograph of pomegranate juice from Azerbaijan sold at an Armenian market in Los Angeles. With the two countries still locked in bitter conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh, the blog calls the culinary find ‘Pomegranate Diplomacy.’

China: Emigrating Elites

  1 December 2011

Gin Ge from China Bubble Watch points out that the biggest challenge for the development of Chinese economy is the emigrating elites.

Bulgaria: 30,000 Protest Against Cuts and Pension Reform

  1 December 2011

According to the trade unions, between 25,000 and 30,000 people protested in Sofia on Wednesday against the new pension reform, social cuts and the cancellation of the majority of trains in the country (a photo; videos – here and here). The police sent to contain the rally supported the people's...

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