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21 May 2012

Stories from 21 May 2012

United Kingdom: App for Sharing Mobile Videos for Collaboration

The Next Web  analyzes how the new UK app Vyclone could have helped get more footage of Arab Spring or the Occupy Movement  onto mainstream news channels, and if it...

Germany: #Blockupy Protests Against Pan-European Austerity

'Blockupy' protests against the austerity measures being implemented in the Eurozone shook the financial epicenter of Europe - Frankfurt - last week. Online social networks buzzed with citizen reports on...

Brazil: Famous Singer Pays Homage to Her Iconic Mother

The singer Maria Rita toured Brazil with a series of free concerts in homage to her late mother Elis Regina, one of the most iconic performers of Brazilian music. The...

Bulgaria: Discussing the “European Idea”

Young Bulgarians and guests from Italy, with support of the New Bulgarian University and project “Beautiful Europe” [bg] will meet on May 23 to discuss the “European idea” and what...

Bulgaria: Calling for National Protest Against Shale Gas Extraction

Activists in Bulgaria have called for national protests against shale gas extraction on May 22. There is a Facebook event [bg] “National protest against shale gas and changes in Forest...

Guadeloupe: “Political Manipulation”

In a post entitled “On Kalkil Politik” [Cr], Guadeloupean blogger Gwakafwika explains his complete distrust in the recent appointment of 1 Guianese and 2 Guadeloupean-born Ministers in the new socialist...

Haiti: Haitian Flag Day

Haitians all over the world recently celebrated the 209th Haitian Flag Day along with the country's educational system. Martinican blogger at Bel Balawou publishes a stream of pictures [Fr], taken...

French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique: Ministers Appointed for Skills or as Tokens?

With a great majority of voters for candidate Hollande in the French presidential elections hailing from the overseas regions, French-Caribbean bloggers were impatient to see which French Guyanese, Martinican or...

Colombia: Tweeting Marathon to Demand Senator's Resignation

Twitter users have organized [es] a tweeting marathon to demand the resignation of Senator Eduardo Merlano after the politician refused [es] to undergo a sobriety test. The goal is to...

Mali: Interim President Injured as Protesters Enter Presidential Palace

Malijet reports that Interim President Dioncounda Traoré was hurt [fr] during protests [fr] that asked for his removal and caused three casualties.

Cuba: Fifth Cuban Congress against Homophobia

Blogger, journalist and LGBT activist Francisco Rodríguez Cruz (Paquito el de Cuba) discusses Mariela Castro Espín's [es] message on occasion of the 5th Cuban Congress against Homophobia recently celebrated on the...

Puerto Rico: Old San Juan, for Rent and for Sale

Eloísa Gordon analyzes the decadence and transformation of Old San Juan [es] -the colonial city in the capital, San Juan- within the logics of globalization.

Puerto Rico: Filiberto Ojeda Documentary

The team behind the documentary on the life and death at the hand of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of Puerto Rican freedom fighter Filiberto Ojeda Ríos [es] have sued...

Dominican Republic: Juan Bosch and the Elections

Journalist Nelson del Castillo analyzes the political significance of Juan Bosch [es] -the Dominican politician, writer, essayist, historian and educator- on occasion of the national presidential elections held yesterday, May 20,...

Yemen: Millions Go Hungry in Ongoing Food Crisis

In Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, millions of people are facing a severe humanitarian crisis, widespread hunger and chronic malnutrition. New figures from the World...

Zambia: Judge Suspensions Unfold into Embarrassing Drama

The suspension of one Supreme Court Judge and two high court judges and setting up of a tribunal to investigate them is turning into an embarrassing drama. A high court...

Zambia: President Sues Citizens and Media for Alleged Defamation

President Sata has sued United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema, the Daily Nation newspaper, radio station Hot FM and University of Zambia lecturer Cholwe Beyani for defamation of...

Turkey: Poetic Commemoration of Uludere Airstrike Victims

In December 2011 in southeastern Turkey several Turkish Airforce F-16s bombed a convoy of Turkish Kurds on mules who were engaged in border trade, apparently mistaking them for Kurdish rebels....

South Korea: Police Question Influential Podcasters for Campaign Violations

One of South Korea's most influential podcasters was summoned for questioning last week over alleged illegal campaign activities, igniting heated debates and discussions online.

Germany: “Rundshow” A New Social TV Format

The Bavarian broadcasting company, Bayerischer Rundfunk, in Germany recently launched a social TV experiment called “Rundshow” [de] (Roundshow). Viewers are actively incorporated into the show through virtual means such as...

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