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10 February 2012

Stories from 10 February 2012

Cuba: Prisoner of 18 Years Released

“After almost 18 years as a captive in the Castro gulag, Rafael Ibarra Roque on Thursday was released from jail“: Uncommon Sense says that “his release represents a victory for...

Jamaica: Journalist “Mutty” Perkins Dies

Girl With a Purpose mourns the death of controversial Jamaican journalist and radio talk show host, Wilmott ‘Mutty’ Perkins, who passed away this morning, saying: “We hope, ‘Mutty’, that Jamaicans...

Puerto Rico: Life One Photo a Day

Jose Marti offers a glimpse of life in San Juan through his online photography project "Photos of Today."

Barbados: “Insultingly Low” Sentence

Barbados Free Press publishes a letter from a reader, expressing outrage at the minimun sentence for a man that claimed self-defense in his ex-girlfriend's murder: “At the same time we...

Jamaica: Go Easy on the Guns

The United States is sending “a donation that comes with a message” to Jamaica, supplying the island's police force with “batons, handcuffs, pepper sprays and equipment belts for approximately 6,500...

Trinidad & Tobago: Implementation Key in DNA Bill

The TnT River says of the amended DNA Bill, which was recently passed “after a 14 hour sitting of the Senate”: “It is a positive step in the right direction,...

Germany, France: Disparities in Policies Regarding the Integration of Foreign Students

Elsa Doladille writes  [fr] on the Educators Without Borders blog : ” While the Guéant Bill in France aims at toughening the conditions for foreign students to obtain a work permit,  Germany encourages...

France: How Are PACS and Marriage Different?

Pierre Vicari [fr] had this to say about the results of a survey [fr] which appeared on the site Lefigaro.fr, “To the ignoramuses who say that PACS and marriage are the same thing: No!...

Brazil: “We Are All Pinheirinho” Spreads Around the World

Brazilians all over the world, as well as citizens from different countries, have mobilized in support of the community of Pinheirinho recently evicted from their houses in São José dos...

France: A Drone Campaigning… for President

Dédé l'Abeillaud (another name for a drone – a male bee in a colony of social bees, which inspires his costume) is the self-proclaimed candidate of biodiversity for the French...

Africa: 2012 Cup Semi-Finals Put West Africa in the Spotlight

The semi-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations are causing great excitement in West Africa, as three out of four teams still in competition hail from this region. Francois-Xavier...

Georgia: Allegations made online against billionaire opposition politician

As parliamentary elections approach this year in Georgia, to be followed by a presidential vote in 2013, allegations against Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire opposition politician, have appeared on the Internet....

Macedonia: Coping With Ice and Snow in Skopje

GV Author Filip Stojanovski posts pictures of Skopje's snowy and icy streets and reports on his blog: “[…] the pavements and the side streets in the municipality of Centar remain...

Russia: “Anti-Gay Propaganda Bill” Passes Second Reading

St. Petersburg is getting closer to signing into law the notorious "anti-gay propaganda bill." "Will talking about Tchaikovsky be banned?" tweets British writer and actor Stephen Fry. Some of the...

South Korea: American Missionary Sue North Korea for Sexual Torture

Robert Park, a Korean-American missionary and human rights activist who went to North Korea on 2009, sued North Korea for sexual torture. Park crossed into the country in protest of North Korea's human rights...

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