4 January 2012

Stories from 4 January 2012

Mexico Wake Up! Artists United for Peace Go Viral

  4 January 2012

The violence and impunity Mexico has been facing these past years have prompted artists, creators and media to join forces and launch a campaign to change statistics into names and stories. Through a collaborative project they are asking viewers to research other casualties and give voices to the victims of violence.

Mozambique: Stand-up comedy show gains online following

  4 January 2012

Mozambique's first stand-up comedy show Improriso shares jokes on one of the most popular tweets in the country (@ImprorisoMoz) and posts videos on its Youtube channel. Newspaper O País published a photo album of an improv performance in 2011.

Bahamas: Remembering the Zybines

  4 January 2012

Blogworld pays tribut to Alex and Violette Zybine, “dancers who worked in The Bahamas during the 1960s and 1970s”, who died in a tragic accident.

Bermuda: Wishing for Change

  4 January 2012

“This year will be an eventful one. We will have our elections as will our American friends. The power of the people to make progressive change was demonstrated with fervor last year and this year shows no sign of abating”: Respice Finem hopes for change in 2012.

Jamaica: Portia's Driving the Bus

  4 January 2012

“It’s an obvious thing but one that only a leader who inspires and moves the people can achieve. If anyone is capable of doing this it’s Portia Simpson-Miller”: Active Voice republishes the account she wrote of the new Prime Minister's swearing-in.

Africa: Startups in Africa 2011 and Beyond

  4 January 2012

Erik believes that 2011 was a great year for startups in Africa: “The past few years have been about building an infrastructure that improves the chances of the technology startups in Africa to succeed. Seeing this buildout in action in 2011 was exciting, but it should be recognized for what...

Africa: A Mashable Anthology of African Modernity

  4 January 2012

Bunmi Oloruntoba and Emmanuel Iduma come up with 3bute: “3bute [pronounced: tribute] is an online anthology devoted to the question of African modernity. Along that theme, we look on the web for what writers–especially African bloggers–have written and we recycle/ adapt selected writing into 3 pages of narrative art.”

Nigeria: To The Streets, Oh Nigerians!

  4 January 2012

The June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations in Nigeria reacts to the increase in the price of fuel: “We are hereby calling on all Nigerians to rise up together to challenge this illegal and inhuman policy of petrol price hike by the Goodluck administration by joining forces with the organized...

Zambia: Meet Chibwe Katebe – Zambian Comedian

  4 January 2012

Alumanda Shakankale blogs about Zambia's leading stand-up comedian: “Finalist in the MNET talent show “Stand up Zambia” Chibwe is no stranger in the international spotlight. He has performed at different forums locally and internationally.”

South Africa: Remembering Henry Nxumalo

  4 January 2012

M. Keita remembers Henry Nxumalo, the pioneer of undercover investigative journalism in South Africa: “Just over 55 years ago, on New Year's Eve 1957, trailblazing South African journalist Henry Nxumalo was murdered while investigating suspicious deaths at an abortion clinic in Sophiatown, a suburb west of Johannesburg.”

Singapore: Ministers to Take a Pay Cut

  4 January 2012

Singapore politicians are among the highest paid leaders in the world but they will receive salary cuts this year after a government committee has recommended hefty cuts to the pay of the city-state's leaders. Netizens react using the #ministerpaycut hashtag

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