Stories from 9 December 2011
Uncommon Sense says that tomorrow, International Human Rights Day, “is for all to celebrate the basic rights we share and to remember those in Cuba and elsewhere whose rights are trampled by their rulers.”
Kevin Rothrock of A Good Treaty asks eleven Anglophone Russia bloggers to comment on the Dec. 4 parliamentary electionand its aftermath: “The result, I hope readers will agree, is a fruitful diversity of informed opinion from some of the Web’s most prominent and colorful Russia-watchers.” Kevin's own take on the...
A recent “one-day symposium in honour of Frantz Fanon, the Martinican psychiatrist whose field of study was the psyche of the colonized” gets Blogworld “thinking about the value of democracy, of statehood, of the wretchedness of postcolonialism.”
“After crime the number one negative social issue that affects most of us on a daily basis is traffic”: Plain Talk has some suggestions for easing the congestion.
Laritza's Laws compares the content of a 1989 edition of “Granma…the official mouthpiece of the Central Committee of the Party” to a current one, and says: “The failure is evident. The housing situation is precarious…public services in decline; and don’t even talk about the protection of the workers…”
Under the Saltire Flag posts a must-read analysis about “the rise and fall” of dancehall artist Vybz Kartel.
Tshering Tobgay writes about the recent rupee crisis in Bhutan and how the government could prevent it.
Murshid is delighted to go to the newly launched 3D cineplex, first of its kind in Sri Lanka, and blogs about it.
“At this stage, more than opportunities to monetize, Nepali blogosphere needs exposure and stable readership,” Comments Bhumika while discussing on blog aggregation and monetizing of free content like Huffington Post.
Brazilian blogger João Villaverde writes [pt] about the coming referendum in the Amazonian state of Pará, that could divide the state into three new separate entities. This first-time people's ballot on a matter that had only been decided by politicians, will take place on Sunday, December 11.
Brazilian lawyer Thiago Fiago comments on [pt] the recent changes to the bill PLC122, which originally intended to criminalize homophobia. Fiago says the proposed bill has suffered a “death blow” and criticizes the role of religion, and particularly evangelical representatives, in the parliament.
In the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte, the city councilor of Natal, Julio Protásio, is suing the student and social activist Leonardo Miranda for comments made on Twitter on a criminal case against Protásio and other city councilors linked to misuse of public funds, informs us [pt] the...
In 2011 Angolan people has been persistent in demonstrating discontent against the reality lived in the country. In the beginning of December, in Cazenga‘s neighborhood in Luanda, protestors were peacefully marching and chanting [video], when police forces decided to violently break the demonstration.
The mainland part of the United Republic of Tanzania, Tanganyika, has turned 50. Bloggers and Twitter users are celebrating and reflecting on the future of Tanzania.
Addressing the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) in Durban on climate change, René Audet complained on the website blogueaqlpa.com: “Since the arrival of Ministers in Durban, negotiations have been taken to another level, so to speak. Now, this level is inaccessible to observers like us. Information circulates well within NGO networks, but they are confusing.”
While the DR of Congo awaits the final tally of the presidential and parliamentary elections, the Congolese Diaspora, although not allowed to vote, has shown its commitment to making its voice heard. Julie Owono reports.
Charles Ingabire, an online Rwandan journalist and genocide survivor, is the latest victim in a series of bloody attacks targeting Rwandan journalists. He was the editor of the Kinyarwanda-language news website Inyenyeri News.
Vickram reports that an Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance has recommended recasting of the NIAI bill, which deals with the implementation of the Unique ID (UID) scheme. The blogger discusses what implications it has for India.
Anastas Vangeli, а Macedonian studying in Beijing, compared the levels of air pollution and policy measures between that city and his hometown Skopje.
Jovana Tozija wrote lovingly about making ajvar, a traditional favorite winter provision in Macedonia and some other post-Ottoman countries.
David Pescovitz of Boing Boing points us to Soundway's Musical Map of Colombia, an interactive map with videos, sound samples, pictures and details of their latest release of obscure Colombian music.