9 December 2011

Stories from 9 December 2011

Cuba: Human Rights Day

  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.”

Russia: Anglophone Bloggers Comment on Election and Protests

RuNet Echo  9 December 2011

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...

Bahamas: Postcolonialism Issues

  9 December 2011

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.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Traffic Tips

  9 December 2011

“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.

Cuba: Same Old Story

  9 December 2011

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…”

Brazil: Referendum on the Separation of Pará State

  9 December 2011

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.

Brazil: Anti-Homophobia Bill Suffers a “Death Blow”

  9 December 2011

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.  

Brazil: Student Sued by the City Councilor of Natal

  9 December 2011

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...

Angola: Police Represses Peaceful March in Cazenga

  9 December 2011

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.

Confusing information for NGOs at COP 17 in Durban

  9 December 2011

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.”

India: Parliamentary Committee Opposes UID Bill

  9 December 2011

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.

Colombia: Interactive Musical Map

  9 December 2011

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.

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