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5 December 2011

Stories from 5 December 2011

Russia: The Revolt of “Net Hamsters”

The day after the elections, Russians got together to rally against election fraud. Even though the United Russia party, according to preliminary results, is to lose some 77 seats compared...

Cuba: Loving Yoani

Along the Malecon links to an interview with blogger Yoani Sanchez’ husband, in which he reveals that “he quickly realized she was special.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Celebrating Christmas

Outlish offers some advice on what not to say if you're “liming” in Trinidad and Tobago for Christmas.

Jamaica: Political Futures

Girl With a Purpose makes a few political predictions, here.

St. Kitts & Nevis: Poor Credit Rating

Abeng News Magazine notes that “the credit rating of St Kitts and Nevis…took a hit when it defaulted on a bond payment the end of November”, adding: “Maybe because there...

St. Lucia: Poetic Preaching

Caribbean Book Blog profiles a local priest who “has just published a book of narrative prose and poetry”, which he describes as ” a Caribbean-centric “theological reflection on the social,...

Bahrain: Fake Twitter Account

Bahraini journalist Reem Khalifa appeals to her followers on Twitter: “Plz my followers make report spam for a fake account @ Reem_Khalifah using my pic, words,articles.”

Bahrain: Twitter User Jailed for 66 Days for Tweeting

The Arab world has a reputation for arresting and torturing bloggers and netizens and Bahrain is no exception. A Twitter user has been tweeting his jail experience over the past...

El Salvador: Remembering El Mozote Massacre 30 Years Later

Tim's El Salvador Blog will publish a series of posts on the El Mozote Massacre, which took place 30 years ago on December 11, 1981: “All but one of the...

Chile: Legislation to Limit Easter Island Visitors Fails

Around 400 Rapa Nui protested peacefully after a legislation that “would have limited the number of visitors to Easter Island as well as the number of individuals who could move...

Honduras: Culture under the Ministry of Culture, Art, and Sports

Honduras Culture and Politics asks, “So what is ‘Culture’ in Honduras these days?” in a post that reviews the activities of the Ministry of Culture, Art, and Sports.

Francophone Africa: The Important Literary Contributions from Former Colonies

The Genevan blog of Rémi Mogenet, Le Savoyard de la Tribune, explains with supporting examples that [fr]: “Mythological African traditional stories have made a remarkable entrance into francophone literature”. He quotes...

Saudi Arabia: Netizens Use Online Activism to Draw Attention to Qatif Protests

The month of November marked the return of protests to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia in 2011, as the people of Qatif took to the streets to demand reforms,...

Ashura Commemorations Around the World

Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a period of mourning for Shia Muslims. Events reach a climax on Ashura, the tenth day of the month. Ayesha Saldanha...

Egypt: Romanian Netizen Lavinia Dieac Shares her Egyptian Experience

Romania and Egypt are two distant countries. They have many differences and many things in common as well, such as the fact that they both had revolutions against dictatorships. Romanian...

Lusophone Heritage of “Portugality” Around the World

A Facebook group and a mapping website called “Portugality” have been created to explore the cultures that result from the “global cultural fusion started by Portuguese navigations of the XVth....

Kuwait: A New Prime Minister and Detainees Bailed Out

More than two weeks after protesters stormed the Kuwaiti Parliament, the country has a new Prime Minister. Netizens comment on the 'new era,' political action and the detention, hunger strike...

Angola: First video of police confrontation with protesters

The first videos from Saturday's repressed protest in Luanda surfaced on the channel of Angolan Youtube user ekuikui. “Electricity, water, health and education!” and “They demolished my house, I'm gonna...

France : Strike against the RFI – France 24 merger project

The blog Écrans, published on the online version of the daily French newspaper Libération, explains the issues [fr] of the merger of the RFI radio and the TV channel France...

Ghana : No juridical basis to ban homosexual marriages

According [fr] to West Africa online Radio, “The attorney general of Ghana, Ediké Amidou, recently said to a local radio at Accra that the Ghanaian law about sexual unions doesn't...

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