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6 December 2011

Stories from 6 December 2011

Egypt: Remembering Khaled Said for a World Without Torture

Khaled Said is remembered not only as a face of the Egyptian revolution but also as a symbol of the efforts to stop torture and protect its victims. Through documentaries,...

Brazil: Picture of President Dilma Sparks “Low-level” Debate

Brazilian journalist Marco Antônio Araújo criticizes [pt] the “low level” political debate that followed the recent release of an unprecedented picture of President Dilma Roussef. The “powerful picture” shows Rousseff...

Iran: US Virtual Embassy for Tehran

Faryad Azadi reported[fa] that USA has launched a virtual embassy for Tehran.

Brazil: Five Cities Without Mobile Phones

Although Brazil has, today, over 231 million mobile lines for a population of around 191 million people, there are still five isolated cities without any mobile signal for connection, reports...

Egypt/Libya: Questions on Minorities Freedom After the Revolution

Various recent attacks on freedom of religion in Egypt and Libya, countries which ousted their dictators this year, have raised questions among netizens. Tarek Amr reports.

Brazil: Video-debate on Belo Monte Dam

Brazilian journalist and blogger Lino Bocchini published [pt] the video of a debate on the construction of the Belo Monte Dam, in the Amazonia rain forest. Journalists and experts on...

Iran: Another female blogger was arrested

Human Rights News Agency reports [fa] Bahar Alinia, afemale blogger and student, got arrested upon her return to Iran and was transferred to Evin prison. A couple of weeks ago,...

Peru: Netizens Denounce Police Repression During Protest in Lima Against Conga Mine

Peruvian netizens are denouncing police repression during a protest held in Lima on December 5, 2011, against the Conga mining project in Cajamarca. Juan Arellano links [es] to several citizen...

Nigeria: Portraits of Kalakuta Queens

Vanessa shares James Petrozzello‘s portraits paying tribute to Fela Kuti's queens: “The first time I saw his ‘queens’ I was struck by their radical style. I wanted to make these...

Nigeria: On Same Sex Marriage Bill 2011

Sokari reacts to the passing of the Nigerian “Same Sex Marriage Bill 2011: “The rationale behind the Same Sex Marriage Bill and its proposed counterpart in Uganda, is a huge...

D.R. of Congo: Half-Hearted Democracy Promotion

Ben Brockman discusses half-hearted democracy promotion in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “Would the international community seek a power-sharing agreement like in Kenya in 2007 or Zimbabwe in 2008 to...

Africa/Caribbean: Vote for the YoBloCo Awards

Public evaluation is now open for the “Youth in Agriculture Blog Competition” (YoBloCo) : “We received more than 90 entries for the competition, among which we shortlisted a total of...

South Korea: Anger Over Free Trade Agreement and Media Silence

Rallies have been held daily in the South Korean capital of Seoul for two weeks now, protesting against the country's free trade agreement with the United States. Citizens have expressed...

Ecuador: Analyzing President Correa's Twitter Habits

Christian Espinosa, from the blog Cobertura Digital, analyzes [es] President Rafael Correa's Twitter habits, concluding -among other things- that the Ecuadorian President (@mashirafael) [es] has a high level of interaction...

Chile: Communist Party Asks for Pablo Neruda's Exhumation

Lillie Langtry, from the blog Memory in Latin America, comments on the petition by the Chilean Communist Party to exhume the remains of poet Pablo Neruda “due to allegations that...

Cuba: A Christmas for the Children

Pedazos de la Isla blog about an initiative by a “young Cuban exile”, which “aims to send presents to those Cuban children to add a bit of happiness during this...

Trinidad & Tobago: Plot Suspects Released

Jumbie's Watch and Guanaguanare comment on the release of 16 detainees in the alleged assassination plot against the Prime Minister.

Bermuda: Polling Season

Politics.bm reports that the governing party is conducting “a robo-poll…testing whether the Premier should go to the polls right after Christmas” and quips: “A better question would have been which...

Jamaica: Election Date Set

The Jamaican Prime Minister has announced the date of the country's next general elections; Girl With a Purpose comments: “Interesting days are ahead!” and encourages her compatriots to vote.

Venezuela: Government Opponents’ Twitter Accounts Hacked

Hackers who support Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez have been taking over the Twitter accounts of his opponents for the last several months. Netizens haven noticed how certain Twitter users, well...

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