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13 January 2012

Stories from 13 January 2012

Global: Pictures Not for Free

Edmond Terakopian, one of the UK's leading press photographers, comments on the tendency for some publications to expect photojournalists to supply images for free or for a token payment. The...

Puerto Rico: Reflection on Violence

Angel Javier reflects on the year 2011, the most violent year in Puerto Rico's history [es] with over 1,100 murders.

Cuba: Prison Conditions

Pedazos de la Isla posts a letter by dissident Ivonne Malleza who, along with her husband and another citizen, have been imprisoned for over a month, ever since being arrested...

Puerto Rico: #Esoez Awards

The deadline to vote for the best blogs in Puerto Rico at Esoez [es] is January 17.

Russia: Social Networks Mobilise Society

Facebook, the possibility to calculate numbers of protest participants, slogans from the Internet, a wide variety of gadgets - these are four new important factors in the analysis of demonstrations...

Trinidad & Tobago: Myomectomy, Explained

“Make a child and the cramps could get better. Could. If that was the sort of reason people were having children for then no wonder the country’s in such a...

Puerto Rico: Controversial “Joke” about Puerto Ricans

Ed Morales analyzes the recent outrage after the character played by Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco in the ABC program “Work It” said: “I’m Puerto Rican. I’ll be great at selling...

Cuba: Dramatists Pass Away

Havana Times says that the Cuban theater world is in mourning, having lost, “only day’s apart, two of its finest exponents: Ramiro Herrero Beaton and Vicente Revuelta Planas.”

Puerto Rico: Bloggers Make It to the Supreme Court

Controversy has ensued after a Supreme Court judge cited posts written by legal scholars Erika Fontánez and Esther Vicente [es] in a dissident opinion of a ruling that left a victim...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Time for a Slutwalk?

CODE RED calls the comments of the deputy Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines “particularly dangerous in the context of such high levels of violence against women and...

Africa: Good Development Blog

Good Developments is a blog about African politics, development aid, peace and conflict. The blog is run by Katrin Eder and Peter Dörrie.

South Korea: National Security Law Draws Intense Criticism

North Korea Tech wrote a blog post on South Korea’s controversial National Security Law that bans display and distribution of North Korean material. Recently, several citizens were arrested under this law for posting...

Kenya, Somalia: Twitter War – Kenyan Army Versus Al Shabaab

Kenya's military incursion into Somalia against the militant group Al Shabaab dubbed “Operation Linda Nchi” (Swahili for “Operation Defend the Country”) has found a new battleground: Twitter.

Puerto Rico: Mima and Balún in Concert

Music blog Puerto Rico Indie reviews the concert held by two of the most beloved independent artists [es] of the Island: Mima and Balún.

Puerto Rico: Beautiful Old San Juan

Blogger Yésica Isabel offers her readers another beautiful photo-essay of her neighborhood: Old San Juan.

Puerto Rico: A Legendary Bar

The music blog Mala Vida, Buena Música publishes an ode to the legendary bari El Batey [es] in Old San Juan.

North Korea Punishing People Who Did Not Mourn Enough for Kim Jong Il

A news report came out saying North Korean authorities have begun to punish citizens who did not display enough sadness at Kim Jong Il's funeral. Bloggers have already raised suspicions...

Occupy Nigeria: From Cyberspace to Face-to-Face

Occupy Nigeria is a national protest in Nigeria which started as a response to the fuel subsidy removal by the federal governmnet. The protest has been fueled by the democratization...

Syria: Emergency Refugees

With large scale violence in Syria, the exodus towards neighboring countries is increasing continuously (Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey). As per Islamic Relief [it] non-profit organisation, at least 650 Syrian families (mostly from the high risk areas of Homs and Hama) are...

Ukraine: Gas and Budget

Odessablog's Blog discusses Ukraine's new state budget and how eventually what may be afforded for the country's public sector will be decided not by state incomes but by the price...

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