Stories from 23 March 2012
Colombia: Eduardo Montealegre Appointed as New Chief Prosecutor
Blogs [es] and social networks [es] report [es] and comment [es] on the appointment of the lawyer and Uribe supporter Eduardo Montealegre [es] as new Chief Prosecutor, in replacement of Viviane Morales. Montealegre said he intends to pass a statutory law to permit the extension of the protection of human...
Spain: Planning Actions for May 2012
The blog Toma la Plaza announces meetings and assemblies tomorrow March 24 in various cities in Spain to coordinate their participation in the global actions planned for next May.
Puerto Rico: Happy Birthday
The feminist blog Mujeres en Puerto Rico is celebrating [es] its third anniversary: “This year will bring important moments for this country's women. If life permits it, we will be here. With you.”
Spain: Documentary in Production on the Healing Power of Flamenco
Sin Ruido, or Noiseless in Spanish, is a documentary on Flamenco Dancer Inma Lobato and her work teaching and training people with mental problems. The film [es] will focus on the impact the lessons have on the well-being of the students in Spain, Slovenia, Bosnia Herzegovina.
Puerto Rico: New Podcast on Legal Issues
The blog Derecho al Derecho has launched a podcast to discuss legal issues. In the first episode [es], legal scholars Erika Fontánez Torres and Hiram Meléndez Juarbe talk about the “legitimacy of the judicial branch and the critique of judicial institutions.”
Video: Indigenous Communities Document their Growth and Governance
The Indigenous Territory and Governance Platform is made up of a series of institutions all working together to provide the indigenous people of Latin America the tools and resources to be able to strengthen the governance they have of their territory and their community. A series of short videos is used to document their progress. All links lead to Spanish language sites.
Azerbaijan: 17 March youth protest in images
Narmin Noqte posts video footage and photos from the 17 March youth protest in Baku, Azerbaijan. The video is subtitled in English and available on Vimeo.
Azerbaijan: Novruz Bayram
Alongside Iran and elsewhere, Azerbaijan once again celebrated Novruz, the Zoroastrian or Persian New Year. One of the most important dates in the country's calendar, foreigners blogging from Azerbaijan, as well as Azerbaijanis themselves, naturally introduced the holiday to their readers.
Armenia: Opinion divided on Eurovision withdrawal
Writing for Ararat Magazine, Global Voices’ Caucasus Regional Editor says that not everybody is happy about Armenia's withdrawal from this year's Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
China: Turning Duck into Goose
Ministry of Tofu translated a local news report about restaurant's trick by giving duck plastic surgery, making it looks like goose so as to making bigger profit.
China: Performance on Losing Weight
China Hush translates a local feature report on an artist's performance on losing weight. Beijing artist Wang Jun is to live on top of an electronic scale for a month, from 18 March to 18 April to show people the weight loss process.
China: Political Rumors in Beijing
With the sudden removal of Chongqing party leader Bo Xilai, rumors continue to spread about the internal power within the Chinese Communist Party. David Bandurski from China Media Project describes the atmosphere of political insecurity in Beijing.
Mexico: Anticipation and Reactions on the Verdict of Florence Cassez
Mexicans are of divided opinions over the case of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez, which generated unusual anticipation among netizens. At the end of the day and regardless of the human rights violations (recognized by 4 of the justices) Cassez will remain in prison, while a new verdict is formulated.
Cuba: Bloggers Continue to Speak Out about Papal Visit
Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming trip to Cuba will be the first from the head of the Catholic church in more than a decade. As the pontiff's arrival draws ever closer, bloggers continue to be vocal about their opinions, even as human rights violations reportedly continue.