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22 February 2012

Stories from 22 February 2012

Russia: Navalny vs Kadyrov

At Jamestown Foundation Blog, Valery Dzutsev reports that Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of Chechnya, has called politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny “a real chatterbox” – and Navalny retaliated by...

Brazil: Quilombo Community in Bahia About to Be Evicted

One of the oldest slave descendent communities in Brazil, Quilombo Rio dos Macacos, has a date for its eviction: March 4, 2012. The claim for the land comes from the...

One Day on Earth: Global Screening of Worldwide Collaborative Film

The collaborative film One Day on Earth was filmed all on the same day, October 10, 2010, with more than 3,000 hours of footage sent in from all corners of...

Egypt: Finding a job you enjoy?

Egyptian blogger Cinderella Nabil blogs [ar] about her refusal in accepting any job just for the money.

Saudi Arabia: Facebook Page Calls for Protest

A Facebook page [ar] has been created calling on Saudis to protest tomorrow (Thursday) and on Friday against financial and administrative corruption, the jailing of activists and the lack of...

Tunisia: Court Quashes Verdict Ordering the Filtering of Pornography

Today, the Cassation Court of Tunis (highest court of appeal) threw out a verdict to censor pornography on the Internet. On May, 26, 2011, a court of first instance issued...

Syria: Call to Free Human Rights Detainees

Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi appeals to supporters to exert pressure on the Syrian government to release her colleagues at the Office of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of...

Argentina: Train Crash Leaves At Least 49 Dead, Hundreds Injured

A commuter train crashed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, leaving at least 49 dead and hundreds injured according to the latest reports. Netizens are using the hashtags #Sarmiento [es], #Once [es]...

Sahel: Islamic Fundamentalist Organisations Tighten Their Grip

For a few months now, two religious Islamic fundamentalist organisations, Boko Haram and AQIM (Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb), have intensified their war against the Federal Republic of Nigeria...

Colombia: Impunity, a Documentary About the Victims of the Armed Conflict

In 2011, journalist Hollman Morris and filmmaker Juan José Lozano released the documentary Impunity, an audiovisual tour through the history of armed conflict in Colombia through the voices of victims...

Equatorial Guinea: AFCON 2012 is Over, Corruption Fight Continues

The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations is over but the fight against corruption continues: “The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations might have come to an end at the weekend, but...

Cape Verde: Imagery from Carnival's Celebrations

The Great Adventure of Cape Verde's blog has posted a series of photos and one short clip featuring Carnival's celebrations.

Brazil: Global Act “We Are All Pinheirinho”

A global act in solidarity with the population expelled from their homes at the Pinheirinho community has been called on Facebook for Thursday, February 23. The idea is to demonstrate in...

Brazil: “Massacre of Pinheirinho”, One Month Later

Blogger Giambatista Brito recalls [pt] the one month anniversary of the “Massacre of Pinheirinho“. On the morning of Sunday, January 22, 2012, thousands of families where expelled from their homes...

Guatemala: Speaking Out on the Genocide of Indigenous Women

The 36 year civil war (1960-1996) that ravaged Guatemala left more than 200,000 people dead and at least 100,000 women raped: most of the victims were Mayan. Finally, the sexual...

Trinidad & Tobago: Ash Wednesday

The TnT River blogs about Ash Wednesday traditions in Trinidad.

Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival Damage

Plain Talk suggests that Trinidad and Tobago Carnival “is no longer an expression of culture but an exercise in excess set to music…no longer something to be proud of but...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: White Collar Criminals

“Recently, stories of theft at government agencies have been making the news”: Abeni says that “[people get sent] off to jail…for the petty crimes while the big league thieves strut...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Lent Begins

Diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp posts a poem, Cutting Lent, by Trinidadian writer Cynthia James.

Iran: Enviromental blogs under fire

Sepher Salimi, a leading environmentalist blogger writes about filtering of several green and environmenal blogs in recent years.

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