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3 April 2012

Stories from 3 April 2012

Russia, Ukraine: “Obligatory Media Post-Mortems”

Natalia Antonova's texts in the Moscow News, on the “disappearance” and death of 9-month-old Anya Shkaptsova and on other recent deaths of children in Bryansk, Russia, and a text in...

Mali : Freedom of Press also Under Threat

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that several journalists covering the aftermath of March 22 coup in Mali were attacked and threatened by the junta. The media adviser for the...

Videos: Female Gendercide and Infanticide in India and China

Between India and China, 200 million girls have gone "missing" as parents abort female fetuses or kill and abandon baby girls. Several documentaries and reports cover this phenomenon, trying to...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Remembering Wayne Brown

“Writers are easily thought of as selfish people. But the writers I know—and Wayne Brown in particular—practice what I find to be a particularly beautiful form of generosity: a commitment...

Honduras: Celebrating Growth, Because “Blogging is Hard”

Blogger Edwin Francisco Herrera Paz from the blog La Honduras Valiente [es] (“The Brave Honduras”) celebrates 23,000 visits in 30 days and admits that blogging is hard. Edwin originally created...

Haiti: Women & the Spoken Word (Part 1)

Francesca Andre is a Haitian photographer who has directed a new video about spoken-word Haitian-American artist Melissa Beauvery. Andre talks to Global Voices about her work, how this video fits...

Portugal: Prayers on Twitter for April Fools’ Day “Coup d'Etat”

A false rumour of a coup d'etat became a trending topic – and a worlwide joke – on Twitter with the hashtag #PrayforPortugal. The Spanish newspaper El País and The...

Syria: Ali Mahmoud Othman, the “Eyes of Baba Amr”, Detained

Video activist Ali Mahmoud Othman, head of the Media Office of Baba Amr, has been siezed by the Syrian goverment. Friends and colleagues believe he is being subjected to severe...

Ghana: Tourism Sector Urged to Speak Against Violence

MadinGhana urges Ghanaian tourism sector to speak out against election violence. Ghanaians will go to the polls this year: “It is time business leaders in the private sector speak out,...

Tanzania: Community Mapping and Open Development

Learn about community mapping and open development in Tanzania: “With facilitation from Ground Truth, the creators of Map Kibera, students from Ardhi University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP)...

Afghanistan: Investigation into Uruzgan incident complete

Nick Fielding writes that investigation into the February 2010 tragedy, when 23 Afghans travelling in three vehicles in Uruzgan province were attacked and killed by US helicopters, is over.

Kyrgyzstan: Tensions with Russia elaborate further

Joshua Foust says that Russian-Kyrgyz relations are deteriorating as president Atambaev is threatening to shut down foreign military bases on Kyrgyz territory – not only American, but also Russian ones.

Uzbekistan: Presidential elections postponed until 2015

Nathan Hamm writes that Uzbekistan’s parliament decided to delay the next presidential election from December 2014 to March 2015, a move that experts see as president Karimov's preparation for a...

Uzbekistan: President rejuvenated on photos

Nathan Hamm takes a critical view on recent pictures of Uzbekistan president Islam Karimov, who has been rumored to be on the verge of death from cancer for about the...

Turkmenistan: Peace Coprs forced to leave Turkmenistan

Joshua Foust reports that Turkmenistan unceremoniously lets the Peace Corps know that they are no longer welcome in this Central Asian republic.

Afghanistan: RAWA, a Female Taliban

Mohammad Amin Wahidi writes about a women group called RAWA in Afghanistan that is reportedly miusing the funds of international donors, while operating as the Taliban's aide in promotion of...

Colombia: 10 ‘Last’ Armed Forces Hostages Released by FARC

On Monday April 2, four soldiers and six policemen kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were released. In February the group had announced that they would abandon...

Philippines: Students Prevented from Graduating Over Facebook Bikini Photos

An exclusive all-girls Catholic school managed by nuns in the Central Philippine island of Cebu sparked public outrage when it barred five high school students from joining the graduation ceremony...

Uruguay: Photos of the Autumn Parade in Malvín

Julio F. posts a photo essay of the Autumn candombe parade in Malvín, a neighborhood in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Myanmar: Reflections on Election Results

Myanmar voters celebrated in the streets while netizens on Facebook are expressing their elation over the by-election results which saw an unprecedented landslide victory for the opposition.The world rejoiced over...

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