Stories from 9 March 2012
Cuba: To the Women Bloggers
On the heels of International Women's Day yesterday, Reinaldo Escobar at Translating Cuba congratulates all the women bloggers.
Haiti: Criticizing the UN
The Haitian Blogger calls the cholera outbreak in Haiti “criminal negligence” by the United Nations and goes on to say that the “UN occupation of Haiti is illegal, criminal and based on lies.”
Cuba: Women's Rights
“The clitoris is not the only thing we can lose, there is a long list of social, economic and political possibilities, which are also snatched from us”: Generation Y posts a list of “the violations that still persist against women” in Cuba.
Haiti: Nowhere to “Go”?
“The draw-down of hundreds of non-governmental organizations which have been in Haiti since the disastrous 2010 earthquake was inevitable. But with their departure, so, too goes their purse and the millions earmarked for cleaning latrines”: Haiti Grassroots Watch examines “what…that mean[s] for the half a million displaced still living in...
Russia: Putin as Presidential Candidate and as President-Elect
Eugene Ivanov of The Ivanov Report writes about Putin the presidential candidate and Putin the President-elect.
Pakistan: Who Is Killing Shia Muslims?
Pakistan Blogzine posts a translation of Pakistan’s Shia scholar Allama Jawad Naqvi's lecture in Urdu, in which he identifies the actors responsible for the ongoing, systematic Shia killing in Pakistan.
Brazil: Navy Surrounds Quilombo Community Slated for Eviction
A police siege threatening to evict the lands of the Quilombo Rio dos Macacos on March 4, 2012 motivated around 300 people to mobilize in solidarity with one of the oldest Brazilian communities of slave descendants in Brazil.
South Korea: Protest Against Start of Jeju Naval Base Construction
Villagers from Gangjeong, South Korea, have been protesting against the construction of a naval base on Jeju Island for several years. On March 7, the South Korean navy together with the construction company Samsung Corporation, started blasting out rock foundations in the coastline.
A Global Voices Guide to SXSW
This week in Austin, Texas geeks, musicians, film-makers, creative types and ordinary party-goers will be mingling over cutting-edge ideas and free drinks. South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival and conference, now in its 25th year, begins on Friday, March 9, 2012.
China: Appeal to Tibetans To Cease Self-Immolation
A number of Tibetans activists launched a signature campaign urging Tibetans to cease self-immolation and to cherish their lives in a time of oppression. Via Woser's blog.
Puerto Rico: Online Campaign to Stop Unnecessary C-Sections
Unnecessary Caesarean is the name of the campaign launched on the first week of March in Puerto Rico, aiming to curb the very high percentage of caesarean births in the country: many of them programmed C-sections that don't respond to medical needs.
Myanmar: Life Inside a Refugee Camp
Global Voices Author Tan translated a three-part series of blog posts written by a Burmese blogger Nang Nyi who visited a Kachin refugee camp in Myanmar and recounted her experience there. The refugees fled their villages after clashes broke out between government troops and Kachin rebels.
Video: Indigenous Naso People from Panama ask for Help against Dam
In this video by SelvaRica, an artistic collective using multimedia to promote indigenous and environmental issues, a Naso Indigenous woman from Panama asks for help from the international community to put pressure and stop a Dam construction in their lands. The dam will flood their forests and change their traditional...
Iran: Cartoonists Rage Against Khatami for Voting in Election
Mohammad Khatami, the former reformist president of Iran voted in parliamentary elections on Friday, March 2, 2012 going back on his word that he would refuse to vote until political prisoners were freed and the constitution was respected. His actions drew ire from reformists keen on boycotting elections.