1 May 2012

Stories from 1 May 2012

Turkmenistan: Facebook Group Satirizes Politics

The Turkmen-language Facebook page “JaPBaKLaR”, originally intended as a forum to share popular Turkmen cartoons, has emerged as the biggest Turkmen Facebook community. More importantly, it’s exhibiting some behaviors that seem surprisingly civic. NewEurasia’s Annasoltan reports.

Mongolia: Ex-president arrested for corruption

Bilguun reports that the Mongolia's former president N.Enkhbayar was arrested on charges of “misappropriation or embezzlement of property” after a long stand-off between the police and his guard. Many pointed to the use of excessive force by the police during the arrest, so Bilguun also lists some questions about the...

Cuba: Nothing Changes on May Day

  1 May 2012

Today, Cuba marks May Day, an occasion that is strongly linked to the concept of labour empowerment, as workers from various towns march with their colleagues to Plaza de la Revolución. National public service announcements about this year's parade state that it “will serve to demonstrate the people’s commitment to complying with the Communist Party’s economic and social reform guidelines.” But some bloggers are wondering whether anything has really changed in Cuba, despite the fact that self-employed workers will be taking part in the march for the first time.

Jamaica: Housing Agency on Weak Foundation

  1 May 2012

Jamaica Woman Tongue says that if policy makers at the Housing Agency of Jamaica went to Sunday school, “they weren’t there the week the other children were learning…about wise and foolish builders”, adding that the organisation's “reckless policy of converting protected lands into house spots is a classic example of...

May Day Marked Around the Arab World

May Day, or Labour Day, is commemorated in many Arab countries. In this post we look at some of the day's events this year: in Libya it became a national public holiday, in Bahrain demonstrations were attacked by riot police, and in Lebanon the website of the Ministry of Labour was hacked.

Italy: Future of News at Perugia International Journalism Festival

  1 May 2012

From April 25-29, Perugia, a charming city in the Italian region of Umbria became a vibrant meeting point for media enthousiasts and journalists from all over the world, with the 2012 International Journalism Festival. Global Voices was present of course, with members discussing participation and citizen journalism - the future of the news.

Mexico: Bike Ride Protest Clashes With Local Government

  1 May 2012

On April 28, a group of cyclists organised a bike ride in protest of the Mexico City government's project to construct the so-called "Supervía Poniente" (Poniente Super-road). According to witnesses posting on Twitter, several cyclists who were participating in the bike ride were assaulted by the police.

Colombia: French Journalist Roméo Langlois Kidnapped

  1 May 2012

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Sunday April 29 [es] that French journalist Roméo Langlois was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during clashes [es] on April 28 with the counter-narcotics battalion. The journalist was accompanying the military to make a documentary. Neither the government nor the...