Stories from 2 May 2014
Bocas Literary Festival Showcases Caribbean Literature
The 2014 NGC Bocas LitFest in Trinidad and Tobago has closed to rave reviews on social media about the "great things" the event is doing to promote Caribbean literature.
Laundering the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The Kremlin might project its power into Ukraine’s mainland by encouraging, and perhaps arming, Crimean militia. In theory, Moscow might succeed in “laundering” an armed intervention in this way.
High Presence of Walmart and Walgreens in Puerto Rico
The Center of Investigative Journalism of Puerto Rico (CPIPR) has recently published an article [es] on the high presence of the Walmart and Walgreens stores on the Island, an expansion that has not been able to be controlled by the state agency that regulates monopolistic entrepreneurial practices. The author of the article,...
Protest against Goods and Services Tax Became Malaysia’s Biggest May Day Rally
Tens of thousands in Malaysia joined the May Day rally organized by the opposition to oppose the Goods and Services Tax which the government will start collecting next year.
Cuban Music Legend of “Los Van Van” Juan Formell Dies
The founder and director of the legendary Cuban ensemble Los Van Van, the bassist Juan Formell, died in Havana, Cuba, on May 1st. He was 71 years-old. For the last 45 years, Formell and Los Van Van have been inspiring people to dance with their Cuban rhythm. Los Van Van,...
#BringBackOurGirls: Nigerians Demand Release of 200 Abducted Girls
People are mobilizing under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to pressure the government to do more to find more than 200 teen girls kidnapped by jihadist group Boko Haram.
Germans Counter Right-Wing Extremists With Their Own Protests on May Day
"May Day in #Rostock was a success in terms of numbers: 300 Nazis against 2,000 demonstrators."
Inspired by FC Barcelona's Dani Alves, Germans Say No to Racism With #BananaSelfies
Someone in the stands at a football match in Spain threw a banana at Dani Alves. The Brazilian footballer responded by picking up the fruit and eating it.
Who's a “Mirrey”? Spotting Glamour and Excess in Mexico
A look into the "mirrey" style that many Mexicans hold (or yearn for). It is an evidence of the social discrimination that exists in Mexico.
GV Face: Too “Asian” to Evacuate? South Korea's Ferry Tragedy and Culture Blaming
Stubborn stereotypes about South Koreans prevail in much of the reporting on a capsized ferry that led to the deaths of more than 200 young people. Were they too "obedient"?
Nigeria: A Campaign to #Bringourgirlsback
In mid-april, over 200 school girls were abducted from a secondary school, in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram, a terrorist group based in the northern region. Although some 57 of the girls have managed to escape, there are still many others at the hands of the kidnappers. On April 30,...
Russian Internet on the Way to Pyongyang
Starting on August 1, 2014 all distributors of online content will be required to physically store 6 months worth of user data in Russia.
A Galaxy Far, Far Away
The website Chileno notes [en] that a Chilean-led team of astronomers has shed new light on the evolution of galaxies by observing young star formations in outer regions of the interacting galaxy NGC 92. As lead author Dr Sergio Torres from Universidad de La Serena explains, there is something special...