7 June 2012

Stories from 7 June 2012

France: Interview with Pirate Party candidates

  7 June 2012

Framablog posts a long interview [fr] with 3 candidates from the Pirate Party for the upcoming French parliamentary elections of June 10/17. They explain their ideas about Internet freedom and a new way of doing politics.

Cuba: Economic Deja Vu?

  7 June 2012

A few Cuban bloggers have been voicing their economic concerns - and wondering whether the island's recent reforms, some of which include a more open approach to self-employment - could translate into political change as well.

Nepal: The Kathmandu Project

  7 June 2012

Lex Limbu highlights a photography project of Surendra Lawoti, which will try to record the landscape of the Kathmandu valley in transformation.

Trinidad & Tobago: Open Letter

  7 June 2012

The members of CatchAFyah Caribbean Feminist Network signed an open letter to Senator Verna St. Rose Greaves, Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development in Trinidad & Tobago,  praising her for her “commitment to the rights of marginalised groups…”, particularly abused children, women and the LGBTQ community.

Jamaica, Guyana: Remembering Martin Carter

  7 June 2012

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp pays tribute to the late Guyanese poet Martin Carter on his birthday: “Carter’s hope was not a small flame, but a furnace. His poems endure because of his lifelong commitment to his country, his people, and his art.”

Catfight Between China and the US Over Air Quality

  7 June 2012

The Chinese authority is unhappy about the monitoring of air quality by foreign consulates and embassies, while the U.S suggests China to do the same thing and check upon the air quality in U.S's land. Offbeat China points out that the cat fight is a competition of “soft power” between...

Myanmar: Concern About Inflation

  7 June 2012

Netizens expressed[my] their concern about inflation with the release of 10000 kyats note after the formal announcement[my] of the Myanmar government.

Cambodia: No Surprise During Commune Elections

  7 June 2012

Cambodia's commune elections turned out to be peaceful and only few irregularities were reported. Online tools were used for the first time to spread information about the voting system. Netizens observed that the ruling party was able to maximize state resources to gain advantage in the campaign

Greece: Inspiration Behind the Shocking ‘Modern Maenad’ Photo

  7 June 2012

A photo showing a young naked woman, a modern Maenad (a mythological female follower of Dionysus) bleeding from her navel and holding in her hands like a newborn baby, the Greek flag, has travelled around the world. For the photographer, it underlines the current psychological situation of Greek people, their lost pride and anger, while experiencing the crisis.

South Korea: Broadcasters Strike's Leadership

  7 June 2012

The Court dismissed warrant requests filed against union workers of South Korea's one of the largest network TV, MBC for leading an indefinite strike against the company president and its censorship on news content. @saveourmbc tweeted a photo of the leadership looking relieved after the victory.

Spain: Crowdfunding Against the Impunity of the Banks

  7 June 2012

In view of the indifference of the government and the district attorney’s office to investigate the management of Bankia by it's ex chairman, Rodrigo Rato, people in Spain raised money from donations to submit a complaint before the court. In 24 hours, more than the €15, 000 (Euros) of the required funds were raised, resulting in the collapse for a few hours of the crowdfunding website.

Hong Kong: Brianwashing Education

  7 June 2012

Dictionary of political incorrectness showed some examples of the elementary education curriculum in Hong Kong, highlighting their brian washing function.

Foreigners In China

  7 June 2012

The Xenophobia drama mostly happened in Social Media such as Sina Weibo in China. Dan Harris from China Law Blog quotes from some foreigner bloggers about laowai's everyday life in reality.

USA: Walters Art Museum Collection Online

  7 June 2012

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, US, has published more than 19,000 images from its collection in the Wikimedia Commons thus putting them under a creative-commons license. The museum has a collection of Roman art and some European paintings.

Cameroon: Electric Dreams for Development by 2035

  7 June 2012

Cameroon hopes to reach the status of emerging market by 2035 through a series of “great achievements” in transport and energy infrastructure development. It's a deadline that fails to convince many commentators, if only because the challenges are so great.

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