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17 April 2012

Stories from 17 April 2012

France: The March of the Suburbs

The website Marche Paris 2012 [fr], emanation of the Indignados and Occupy movements, details the organization and the stages of the March of the Suburbs, which leaves from Saint-Denis on...

Cuba: Diaspora Blogs About Dissidents

The plight of prisoners of conscience is a front-burner issue with Cuban diaspora bloggers. This week, they are talking about two in particular: Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia, a former member...

Bahrain: Police Help Thugs Vandalize Shiite-Owned Shop

The owners of the Jawad Business Group, a Shiite-owned company in Bahrain, have released a video of one of their shops being stormed, robbed, and vandalized by a group of...

Honduras: Campesinos Reclaim Land on International Day of Peasant's Struggles

On April 17, the International Day of Peasant's Struggles, Adrienne Pine reports: “campesinos from all over Honduras are reclaiming land that was stolen and/or illegally taken from them in contravention...

South Africa: New Album by South Africa's Jazz Giant

Tete Mbambisa, one of South Africa’s jazz giants, has a new album titled “Black Heroes”: “Mbambisa’s career spans fifty years and he can be heard on numerous recordings by many...

Colombia: Free Trade Agreement with U.S. to Take Effect on May 15

After the close of the Sixth Summit of the Americas, President Barack Obama and President Juan Manuel Santos announced that the free trade agreement between Colombia and the United States...

Trinidad & Tobago: Review of Bagoo

Caribbean Book Blog publishes a review of blogger Andre Bagoo‘s first book of poetry: “One [has] to have ample amounts of time and quiet to properly ponder and appreciate the...

Mauritania: The Plight of Two Slave Girls

Read Lissnup's blog post titled “Mauritania Slavery: The torment of Selama and Maimouna”: “At the age most girls are concerned with passing their school diploma, 14 year old Selama Mint...

Nigeria: Was Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's Candidacy Symbolic?

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the only African and woman running for the World Bank presidency, has lost the race to Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American physician. Should this have...

Egypt: Campaign Against Compulsory Military Service Gains Momentum

A discussion against conscription or compulsory military service is emerging in Egypt. Ahmed Awadalla gives us an overview of the debate in this post.

Mali: New Interim PM and Microsoft Corp's Chairman for Africa C. Diarra's Thoughts on Crisis

As Mali names Microsoft Africa chief Cheick Modibo Diarra  as interim prime minister, here are his latest thoughts (fr) on his personal website (also in Bambara) regarding the political crisis...

Zambia: On the Ban of Popular Cheap Spirit ‘Sachets’

Two years ago, a blogger called for the banning of the sale of very potent alcoholic spirits packaged in 60 ml sachets which have come to be known as “tujilijili”....

Arab World: Technology in the Time of Revolution

The Arab uprisings have created a debate about the role played by social media and mobile technology in bringing change. Whatever conclusion you come to on that subject, activists certainly...

Morocco: Opposition to Mawazine Festival Grows

As the the world struggles with the global economic crisis, Morocco's Mawazine festival may be affected by growing resentment at its cost. Mawazine is an international music festival that will...

China: What is Causing the Death of Endangered Finless Porpoises?

More than a dozen corpses of the Finless Porpoise, a species even more rare than the Giant Panda, have been found in Dongting Lake in Hubei and Hunan provinces since...

Overhyped Elections in Myanmar?

The world rejoiced after Myanmar election officials announced the victory of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi in the recent by-elections in the country. But according to some netizens and...

Indonesia: Popular Minister Starts His Twitter Account

Dahlan Iskan, the popular State Enterprises Minister of Indonesia, has caused another hype in the virtual world after starting his Twitter account. In the past week, some netizens were able...

Pakistan: Hazara Community Targeted for Killings

In the recent past, targeted violence against the Hazara community in Balochistan has increased. Last year sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi distributed pamphlets threatening Hazaras to leave Pakistan by 2012.

Serbia: May 6 Parliamentary Vote Roundup

Bill Kralovec posts a short roundup on the upcoming parliamentary elections in Serbia, scheduled for May 6, and shares his “political platform,” asking Serbian readers to help him “match which...

Russia: An Interview With Two Astrakhan Protesters

At OpenDemocracy.net, a translation [en] of Svetlana Reiter's Esquire.ru interviews [ru] with two activists who have spent the past month hungerstriking in Astrakhan, protesting the results of the disputed mayoral...

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