Stories from 4 June 2014
An Ex-Guerilla is Now Ruling El Salvador, Can He Stop the Killing?
Salvador Sánchez Cerén, an ex-guerrilla commander, assumed the presidency of El Salvador on June 1, 2014. Jamie Stark reviews what it means for El Salvador and Latin America.
“Let Spain Decide”
IsabelOn writes [es] on her blog De sonrisas y espadas [On smiles and swords] about Juan Carlos, King of Spain, abdication: ahora que se abre un debate de “Monarquía vs República”, “Felipe sí, Felipe no”, “Referéndum sí o no”, todos pongamos de nuestra parte y apliquemos una de las máximas...
Ideological Clichés Among Republic Supporters
Paco Prieto writes [es] on La vida como yo la veo [Life as I see it] about religion, politics and freedom after reading some tweets criticizing the presence and looks of some individuals at the rallies for republic after abdication by Juan Carlos, King of Spain. No entiendo tantas cosas...
Waiting for the New King in Spain
Elisa Rodríguez from ISIS 3.0 writes [es] about the abdication by King Juan Carlos of Spain and she says that in spite of the demands of a Republic on Twitter and on the streets, there will be a new king: todo parece indicar que en breve tendremos nuevo rey: Felipe...
Solana Larsen Steps Down as Global Voices’ Managing Editor, Sahar Habib Ghazi Takes the Helm
A changing of the guard at Global Voices editorial. Managing Editor Solana Larsen will be succeeded by former Deputy Editor, Sahar Habib Ghazi.
Russian City Hosts Pole Dancing Performance on International Children's Day
Last Sunday, Tolyatti celebrated its 277th birthday and International Children's Day. Ironically, it also hosted an outdoor pole dancing performance at a car show.
The Importance of Maths in Education
Carlos Thompson from The Chlewey Blog writes [es] about the importance of teaching Maths in Colombia in relation to the poor performance the country had in international tests of quality of education [es]: Las matemáticas dan mucho más que la capacidad de contar las vueltas en una tienda; o las...
Other Abdications in Spanish History
In relation to the abdicaton announced by Juan Carlos, King of Spain, Adrián Yánez recalls history [es] and other abdications in the Spanish kingdom: Carlos I era el nieto de los Reyes Católicos. Fue el hombre más poderoso de su época y en 1556 decidió abdicar. Dejó a su hijo...
Did You Share Those Images of the Indian Girls Who Were Gang-Raped and Hanged?
Shocking images of two teenage Indian girls, gang-raped and hanged from a tree went viral on social media, leading to heated debates about our motives behind sharing such images indiscriminately.
Man Arrested for ‘Insulting’ Tajik President on Facebook
Security agencies in Tajikistan have detained a Facebook user on charges of “insulting” the country's president. According to a local news agency, the 30-year-old man was arrested [ru] after posting “slanderous” images and texts on the social networking website.
Would the Republic Have a Yes in Referendum in Spain?
On Lo que me pasa por la cabeza [What goes around in my head], Elena Padrones analyzes [es] King Juan Carlos of Spain abdication, and all that has to happen to make it real in the next days. Then she concludes: hay muchísimas personas que no están dispuestas a aceptar...
As Tajik Rap Gets Political, Authorities Resort to Bans and Pressure
Rap often gets much more political than other musical genres in Tajikistan. The authorities respond by banning hip-hop and forcing homegrown rappers to become more "patriotic".
Europe’s Far Right Are Inspiring Russians
While the electoral success of the Far Right worries some in the European community, many Russians have welcomed the surge in Euro-skepticism as a vindication of Moscow’s anti-EU posturing.
Live Tweets of Trial of Human Rights Lawyer and Journalist in Swaziland
MISA-Swaziland is live tweeting the the trial of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in Swaziland. The two were arrested on 17 March 2014.
University Student Posts Suicide Note In Facebook, Friends Fail To Save Him
Suicide is a long term social issue of Bangladesh and of all the people reported dead due to suicide worldwide every year, 2.06% are Bangladeshis. Mahbub Shaheen, a student of Dhaka University, posted a suicide note in Facebook at 7:08PM on 2nd of June, 2014. He wrote: I am lying...
Can Trinidad & Tobago Rise Above Race-Based Politics?
As the Prime Minister remains mum about polarizing comments made by a religious and political leader, Trinidad and Tobago netizens wonder if the country will ever get beyond tribal politics.
Rehabilitation & Re-integration in Jamaica
When you observe the discipline and care of these Jamaicans, it is a call to never give up on anyone, especially those who have paid their debt to society and deserve a second chance. Jean Lowrie-Chin visits the Horizon Park Remand Centre and blogs about the creative talent of prison...