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10 August 2012

Stories from 10 August 2012

South Korea: President's Unprecedented Visit to Disputed Islands a Smokescreen?

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak made an unprecedented and highly controversial visit to the Dokdo islands. However, skepticism and suspicion grow strong in the Korean Twittersphere, with many calling the...

Colombia: Gold for Cyclist Mariana Pajón

Colombians on Twitter anxiously awaited the performance of BMX cyclist Mariana Pajón. Hashtags like ORO (“gold”), #ÁnimoMariana (“Go Mariana”), or Mariana Pajón became local Trending Topics before and after Pajón won...

Chile: Doubts Over Origin of Violence at Student Protests

Last Wednesday, August 8, 2012, thousands of students tried to march on the Alameda avenue in downtown Santiago in a non-authorized protest that ended up with three public transportation buses...

Dominican Republic: Changes in the Publishing Industry

Writer and blogger Pedro Cabiya analyzes [es] and comments on the transformation of the publishing industry.

Cuba: Freedom of Press?

Blogger, journalist and Global Voices author Elaine Díaz analyzes [es] the nuances of the different practices and definitions of freedom of press, after being interviewed for the Boston Globe.

Puerto Rico: Urban Artists “La Pandilla”

El Punto features [es] the amazing urban street art by Alexis Díaz and Juan Fernández from Puerto Rico, AKA “La Pandilla.”

Puerto Rico: Festival of the Hammock

Auralís Herrero-Lugo writes about her trip [es] with a group of friends to the town of San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, to go to the famous 32nd Festival of the Hammock, a...

Puerto Rico: Penal Code and Freedom of Expression

On the e-zine 80 grados, lawyer and law scholar Hiram Meléndez analyzes the impact [es] on freedom of expression contained in the amendments to Puerto Rico's Penal Code.

Cuba: Celaya on Payá

On Sin EVAsion [es], Havana-based Cuban blogger Miriam Celaya comments on the death of rights advocate Oswaldo Payá: “I did not share all of Payá’s points of view, I was...

Morocco: Students Demand Education Reform

In July, a group of Moroccan students launched a Facebook page called "The Union of Moroccan Students to Change the Education System". In less than a month, it attracted unprecedented...

United States: MundoFox, More of the Same?

On 13 August 2012 a new TV channel MundoFox will officially begin broadcasting, becoming the fifth channel to join others in transmitting Hispanic content in the United States.

South Korean President Made an Unprecedented Visit to Disputed Dokdo Islands

South Korean President, Lee Myung-bak visited Dokdo (or Takeshima in Japanese) islands, sparking international media frenzy. Lee would be the first South Korean leader to visit the disputed islands which...

Kirani James Delivers on Grenada's Olympic Dream

Earlier this week, Kirani James won the Gold Medal in the Men's 400 Metres race at the London Olympics with a time of 43.94, making him the first person from...

Uruguay: Analyzing How Politicians Use Twitter

In his blog Curar Contenidos (“Curating Content”), Manuel Podetti is publishing a series of posts on “Uruguayan Politics and Twitter” [es]. His first two posts look at the most influential...

Chad: 5,000 New Refugees Coming From The Central African Republic

Victorien Ndakass from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reports that 5,000 new refugees from the Central African Republic have crossed over to Chad [fr] since June. This movement of population is due...

East Timor: Women's Network Continues Protest

Rede Feto (Women's Network) continues to protest the rejection of a woman candidate for Minister of Defense (our coverage), posting photos of women in East Timor's armed resistance on its...

Zambia: Chinese Mining Boss Allegedly Killed by Striking Workers

The tragic death of a Chinese supervisor at a coal mine in southern Zambia allegedly at the hands of striking workers demanding the implementation of the new minimum wage policy...

Somalia: The Very First Humanitarian “Customer Calling Center”

In her blog post about the very first humanitarian customer calling center, Anahi Ayala Iacucci describes “a quick and convenient way for Somali beneficiaries to give feedback about projects funded...

Should Singapore ‘Import’ Athletes to Win Olympic Medals?

The bronze medal victory of Feng Tianwei, a Chinese-born athlete who represented Singapore in the 2012 London Olympics, has ignited debate whether the Singapore government should exert more effort to...

Colombia Achieves Historic Results in London 2012

With 6 medals up until now, the Colombian delegation that is participating in the London Olympics has achieved the best performance in the history of Colombia in the Olympic Games.

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