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6 March 2012

Stories from 6 March 2012

Russia: 11 Areas of Election-Related ICT Innovation

Сrisis can be a fruitful time for innovation. In Russia, post-election protests have given birth to dozens of new web platforms and mobile applications. Gregory Asmolov summarises some of the...

Tanzania: Support Operation 365

Be part of Operation 365, a project idea from Marisa Ranieri who is taking her first post-graduate job as a high school teacher in Tanzania: “To defray some of the...

Colombia: Celebrating Gabriel García Márquez's 85th Birthday on Facebook

Renowned Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez turns 85 today, March 6, 2012. Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (“New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation”, FNPI for its initials in Spanish, founded by García Márquez)...

Bolivia: Disabled Demonstrators End Weeks of Protests

Disabled Bolivians protesting to demand more welfare support have ended “weeks of protests after Bolivian president Evo Morales agreed to some of their main demands,” Erwin C. reports in The...

Iran: ‘Crackdown on social network users’

Kheyzaran, an Iranian pro-government blogger based in Qom, says there has been a new wave of crackdown on Iranian users of social networks. He writes [fa] that in days before the...

Russia: Sex, Women, Putin and Videos

Young women calling on co-enthusiasts to rip off their clothes for Putin last summer, seemed to have disappeared from the scene. As the election season draws to a close in...

Argentina: President Fernández's Speech Under Netizens’ Scrutiny

On March 1, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner gave a speech in the Senate. Twitter functioned as a centralizer of comments and discussion during its broadcast, and Internet users...

Puerto Rico: The History of the Artist Wrestling Federation

Mariángel Gonzales writes about the Puerto Rican art collective Hello Again [es] and their project of documenting the local artistic scene and producing the documentary “El Evento: La historia de AWF” (The...

Puerto Rico: Gender and Causality

Guillermo Rebollo Gil offers a legal analysis [es] on the media framing of the murder of women victims of intimate partner violence.

Puerto Rico: “Ilegal” death of Filiberto Ojeda Ríos

The Center for Investigative Journalism has posted the Civil Rights Commission's report [es] on the death of the pro-independence leader Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, killed by the Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI) on...

Trinidad & Tobago: Political Performance

The Eternal Pantomime shares her take on the latest political bacchanal.

Cuba: Opposition Wants to Meet with Pope

“The recent months leading up to Pope Benedict’s visit to Cuba have been marked by state violence against peaceful dissidents”: Pedazos de la Isla reports that a former prisoner of...

Haiti: Demonstration over Shooting Death

Dying in Haiti blogs about a street demonstration in Cité Soleil, making a connection between how “violence and fear closes things down and people…can die easier from stupid deaths.”

Cuba: Communication Cut-Off

On the heels of a visit from the Archbishop of Havana, Uncommon Sense questions the motives behind “cut[ting] off all communication between [a political prisoner on hunger strike] and his...

Honduras: In Sabanagrande, Making Fun of Police is No Joke

Amidst numerous accusations of police corruption in Honduras, a cultural tradition held every year in the town of Sabanagrande has increased the tension between civilians and police. Blogger Fabricio Estrada,...

East Timor: Nation Loses a Treasured Political Elder

Online tributes pour in after the loss of one of East Timor's political elders, known affectionately as "Grandfather". Francisco "Avó" Xavier do Amaral was the declarer of independence in 1975,...

Armenia: Eurovision propaganda fiasco

Unzipped comments on a call by Armenian singers to boycott this year's annual Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan. Armenia and Azerbaijan remain deadlocked in a conflict over the disputed...

Madagascar: Protesting Endemic Poverty

Rivonala Razafison reports in Africa Review that “scores of Antananarivo residents wore black clothes to denounce poverty in the country”.  He adds that Madagascar has experienced over 10 different forms of protests...

Mozambique: Time lapse viral video of storm over Maputo

This video of a storm arriving over the city of Maputo has gone viral on Youtube, with over 450,000 views in just a few short weeks. Statistics show greatest numbers...

Brazil: Pay TV Giant Campaigns Against New Act

Act 12.485/1, approved by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff on September 2011, establishing new rules for pay television, has already created controversy among satellite television providers, subscribers and independent producers. Satellite...

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