Stories from 6 July 2012
Trinidad & Tobago: The Art of Cooking
Dawtah connects the dots for young Caribbean girls between cooking and independence.
Trinidad & Tobago: On the Exam Results Leak
The Eternal Pantomime blogs about the leak of the Secondary Entrance Assessment examination results here and here.
Jamaica: Pardon Garvey
Geoffrey Philp is a member of the diaspora agitating for the exoneration of Jamaican national hero, Marcus Garvey.
Egypt: Protest Sends Message Against Sexual Harassment
Since the revolution took place, more and more Egyptians are speaking up and demanding their rights, including women's rights. In this photo post we look at a recent protest against sexual harassment held in Cairo.
Moldova vs. Moldova: Who is the Winner?
On June 28, 1940, Moldova was overrun by the Soviet troops, after it had been given up by Romania. The Soviet Union quickly added it to its territory. Was it liberation or occupation? Diana Lungu reviews the opinions of Moldovan netizens.
South Korea: President's Brother Questioned in Corruption Probe
Following bribery allegations, the South Korean President's brother Lee Sang-deuk has been questioned by authorities, but many speculate that he might be a scapegoat in a wider scandal that could involve the President himself.
Afghanistan: High School Student Discovers Math Formula
A high-school student in Afghanistan has discovered a mathematical formula for solving quadratic equations. Twitter users have welcomed the news as an indication of improvements in the country's education sector.
Cuba: Kiss-in for Diversity and Equality
The "Kiss-in for Diversity and Equality" held in Havana commemorated the anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots in New York in 1969, which sparked the civil rights movement in the LGBT community.
Colombia: Outrage at Celebrity for Mocking Fat Women
A column [es] written by TV celebrity Alejandra Azcárate [es] for women's magazine Aló, where she writes tongue-in-cheek about “the 7 advantages of being [a] fat [woman]”, prompted harsh reactions in Colombian social media this week. Blog posts parodying [es] the ‘7 advantages‘ [es] format or replying [es]to her text...
A Weak African Union for 53 Member States
2011 was a tumultuous year for the African continent with revolutions, attempted coups and violent political crises. Unfortunately the union of 53 African states that has as its mission to help strengthen regional peace and development has proved its own shortcomings in dealing with these situations.
Israel: Defense Budget Vs. Social Justice
One of the major results of the social justice protests in Israel has been a renewed debate about the budgetary priorities of the state. The social justice movement (also known as #j14) demands a more equal distribution of wealth in Israel, including funneling a greater share of the budget to welfare services, instead of current budgetary priorities- namely, the defense budget.
Mali: Worldwide Inactivity Over Destruction of Timbuktu Shrines
June 30, 2012, will go down in history as one of the most devastating dates for Mali and for its cultural heritage. It's when Islamist group of Ansar Dine, one of the armed groups controlling northern Mali, set about demolishing the shrines of Muslim saints in the city of Timbuktu.
Philippine Flood Hazard Map
The Philippine Flood Hazard Map identifies the flooded areas in different parts of the Philippines.
Portugal: Citizens Audit of Public Debt Still Without Answers
With the troika's "bailout" operation in full implementation, recession and social woes worsen in Portugal. The Initiative for a Citizens Audit of Public Debt (IAC), launched in late 2011, promised to deepen the debate around the legitimacy, legality and implications of bailout. However, months have passed, and the IAC presents itself as a "great nebula."
Philippines: ‘Save Bondoc Peninsula’ Campaign
Human rights advocates and various people’s organizations are using the internet to expose massive rights violation in Bondoc Peninsula, Quezon in northern Philippines. The social media campaign aims to pressure the military to pull out its troops in the province.
Koumintang Army in Thailand
Ian Manley interviews a veteran of Kuomintang’s 93rd Division which left China in 1950 to settle in Burma and then finally in Thailand. The interview sheds light to the history of China's ‘forgotten army’ which continued to fight in other countries for several decades.
China: NIMBY Protest Escalated to Bloody in Western China
Protesters gathered in the small city of Shifang in Sichuan Province on Monday to voice opposition to a planned molybdenum copper plant. The protest finally evolved into a bloody clash between local residents and police force. Beijing Cream and Tea Leaf Nation have posted photos showing tearful and bloodied civilians...