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7 February 2012

Stories from 7 February 2012

Spain: A Letter From Syria

Take the Square publishes a letter from Khaled Khalifa from Syria: “I would like to inform you that my people is being subjected to a genocide.”

Cuba: On Yoani Sánchez and Dilma Rousseff

La Pupila Insomne republishes a ferocious critique of the press coverage [es] of Yoani Sánchez's plea to the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff to intervene with the Cuban government to grant...

Cuba: Letters to the Editor

Elaine Díaz comments on and critiques the state-run newspaper Granma's publishing politics of letters from [es] the readers.

Cuba: New Angle on Wilman Villar Case

The Miami Herald reports that the widow of Wilman Villar -the Cuban prisoner who died recently after a hunger strike purportedly in protest against the government- has confirmed that her husband...

Cuba: Fatal Collapse in Downtown Havana Stirs Online Debate

Over the last three weeks, two buildings have collapsed in downtown Havana. Bloggers from Voces Cubanas and Havana Times saw the incidents as clear evidence of state officials' negligence of...

Pakistan: Deadly Pills

Talha Bin Ayub at Teeth Maestro takes a look into the sordid state of health care delivery systems in Pakistan.

Peru: Following the Great Water March

It has been seven days since the Great Water March set off, on February 1, from the heights of Celendín, Cajamarca, where the lakes threatened by the Conga mining project...

Latin America: Energy Podcasts in English

Setty recommends the Institute of the Americas’ English-language podcast series on energy in Latin America.

Guatemala: The Role of Women in Decision Making

Hector Javier Tecum blogs about the role of women in Guatemalan politics for Americas Quarterly [es]. He argues that the inclusion of women in decision-making positions is still a challenge...

Peru's President Ollanta Humala: A ‘Chávez’ or a Washington Ally?

In a post for Foreign Policy in Focus, W. Alex Sanchez wonders about Peru's president Ollanta Humala: “Humala: Chavez Clone or Washington Partner?”

Mexico: Josefina Vázquez Mota Wins PAN Primary

Bloggings by boz reports that “Josefina Vázquez Mota, a member of Congress and President Calderon's former secretary of education and secretary of social development, won the PAN [National Action Party] primary...

Maldives: President Resigns After Mutiny

Mohamed Nasheed, the president of Maldives most famously known as a climate champion, announced his resignation on Tuesday, after the military forces joined the police mutiny against his rule.

Trinidad & Tobago: Children's Rights

West Indian Mother thinks that “it's high time we start acting in defense of our children and treat them with the respect that is the right of every human being....

Swaziland: The Hypocrisy of King Mswati III

Richard Rooney discusses the hypocrisy of King Mswati III of Swaziland: “King Mswati III of Swaziland is being hypocritical when he expresses disappointment at individuals who continue to plunder state...

Gambia: International Chef Talks About Working in the Gambia

Kathryn interviews Jonathan Groves, the executive chef at Ngala Lodge in the Gambia: “Have you ever cooked for 900 people for a wedding and have 1,500 turn up! No, unsurprisingly,...

Africa: Do You Need a Handbook For Bush Flying?

“Low timer pilots handbook to bush flying?,” Bush Pilot in Swakopund asks: “I was wondering if any of you would be interested in an e-book that has all the information...

Ghana: Three ICT Books Launched

Three ICT books have been launched in Ghana, Seth Bokpe reports: “THREE books on Information Communication Technology (ICT) have been launched in Accra to enhance the teaching and learning of...

Cuba: Get Mad

Without Evasion shares her wish for 2012: “To see Cuba full of angry people, for it is on that day that we will be closer to such longed for rights...

Bahamas: University of the Bahamas?

Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit wonders what the keep-back is with establishing a Bahamian university, saying: “An autonomous university would be a big step to achieving such a counterweight to...

Cuba: Young Activist

Pedazos de la Isla blogs about a sixteen-year-old dissident who “calls on ‘all Cuban students’ to join the resistance to end with the Castro dictatorship.”

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