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10 May 2012

Stories from 10 May 2012

Bahamas: Power of the People

“It no longer feels like hatred for me when the PLP wins, it no longer feels like time to panic”: A reflection on the country's recent elections, from Womanish Words.

Trinidad & Tobago: SEA “Ordeal”

Today, children across Trinidad and Tobago sat the SEA Entrance Examination for admission to secondary school. Coffeewallah calls it an “ordeal so intense, that it can be likened to Suzanne...

Video: Robot Shows us How to Stay Safe Online

Online security is a complex issue that is sometimes hard to understand or to know how to face. Using a lovable animated robot, the Tactical Tech Collective is trying to...

Venezuela: Video ‘Caracas, City of Farewells’ Sparks Discussion on Emigration

It only took a matter of days before the Venezuelan blogosphere heaped an avalanche of criticism and mockery on the video documentary "'Caracas, ciudad de despedidas" ("Caracas, City of Farewells")....

Europe: Economic Crisis Fuels Rise in Anti-Immigration Politics

The French presidential election may be over, but the fact that outgoing president Nicolas Sarkozy chose immigration as the core theme of his campaign is still the subject of much...

Greece: Olympic Flame Lit in Ancient Olympia

Following the traditional ceremony, the Olympic flame was lit at the Hera Temple of Ancient Olympia. The high-priestess, Ino Menegaki, delivered the flame to the first runner, world champion Greek...

Madagascar: Teachers Strike over Stipends Repressed by Armed Forces

The teachers association in Madagascar  has been on strike for a week  [fr] over disagreement regarding their monthly wages.  The protests have been repressed by tear gas launched by the armed forces [fr]....

Zambia: Bloggers Form Zambian Bloggers Network

Zambia bloggers have formed a network called the Zambian Bloggers Network with the help of HIVOS. The network's aim is to help generate local content, mentor and train upcoming bloggers.

Bolivia: Protests Sweep Across the Country

A wave of protests are sweeping across Bolivia, affecting at least six of the largest regions of the country. Although conflicts are not initially linked to each other, they have...

Paraguay: How the Media Silenced the Chaco

“The media flew over the drama and didn't land over the human stories that were waiting below.” Carlos Rodriguez from the blog Rescatar [es] writes about the media's lacking coverage...

Spain: #NoMoreEuros for Bankia

The web in Spain has been seething since it was reported that the government is preparing a plan to inject public money into Bankia, the fourth largest bank in the...

Bolivia: Development at What Cost? New Conflict Over TIPNIS Road

A proposed road project in Bolivia that plans to cross right through the middle of the Indigenous Territory and National Park Isiboro Sécure (TIPNIS for its initials in Spanish) is...

Iran: Government prohibits ‘foreign’ mail services

Iran's minister of communications prohibited using ‘foreign’ mail services like Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Hotmail, and MSN, since he believes ‘they are tools for information leak’. Reza Taghipour has asked Iranian...

China, Philippines: Scarborough Shoal Sovereignty Tension Rises

Tension between China and the Philippines over the disputed waters of the Scarborough Shoal or Huangyan Island has been elevated, with the state-controlled Chinese media reporting that China can no...

Zambia: Netizens Question Judges’ Suspensions

When Zambian president Michael Sata suspended a Supreme Court judge and two high court judges and set up a tribunal to probe their alleged misconduct, he probably did not foresee...

China: Political Space of the Weibo Blogging Platform

Chicago University Sociology Professor Zhao Dingxin recently delivered a speech entitled "Weibo, Political Space and Chinese Development", which has triggered off some debate and reflections amongst Chinese netizens. Oiwan Lam...

Russia: Ustream.tv Attacked Over Russian Blogger

On May 9, unknown parties launched a DDoS attack on the live feed website Ustream.tv. The attack was carried out from thousands of unique IPs based in Russia, Kazakhstan, and...

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