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Bernardo Parrella

Freelance journalist, translator and activist (mostly) on media and digital culture issues, based in the US Southwest. Former GV contributor and Italian editor.

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Latest posts by Bernardo Parrella

USA: Hemp History Week, Saving Plant and Planet

In tough economic times, why would anyone ban industrial farming of a highly profitable and useful plant that requires almost no pesticides?

Honorable Mention for Threatened Voices at Journalism Fest in Italy

Threatened Voices has received an Honorable Mention in the first Digital Heretics journalism award, established at the upcoming International journalism festival in Perugia, Italy (April 21-25). The project coordinator and...

Voci Globali: Global Voices and La Stampa

A new collaboration between Italian newspaper La Stampa and Global Voices is showing promise for the inclusion of more curated and translated citizen media in mainstream news.

USA: Native American Heritage Day

A new National Native American National Heritage day is being honored in the United States on November 27, the day after most people there celebrated Thanksgiving. Native Americans rejoice -...

Italy: Online activism fires up “No Berlusconi Day”

A group of bloggers-citizens has launched an International protest movement to demand the resignation of Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi due to scandals and corruption trials. More than 280,000 people...

USA: Native Americans exploitation in Sedona ‘sweat lodge’ deaths

Two people died and 19 were treated in hospital after attending a "Spiritual Warrior" sweat lodge session organized by self-help expert James Arthur Ray. Bloggers discuss the misappropriation of Native...

USA: Native Americans’ long battle against racism

Racism and discrimination in the USA still affect Native Americans particularly hard, as it has in the past too. But now Native Americans are fighting back with online media.

Italy: citizens provide news and reflections on the earthquake in L'Aquila

More than 250 people dead, about 1,000 injured and over 25,000 displaced: Italy's worst earthquake in three decades. While the situation on the ground is still unfolding, people are widely...

USA: Activists Incensed after Fatal Shooting by Police

Several people recorded mobile phone videos of a police officer shooting and killing a young man named Oscar Grant on a train platform in Oakland, California, on January 1. Since...

Italy: In Defense of the “Right to die”

A legal battle over a young woman's 'right to die' after 17 years in a coma has spurred both vast online commentary and activism in Italy. Mostly in defense of...

Italy Seethes over Brazil's Extradition Refusal

Italians are still debating a controversial decision of the Brazilian government to guarantee political asylum to convicted felon Cesare Battisti, in spite of an extradition request by the Italian foreign...

USA: Blogging for Anglican Inclusion of LGTB Priests and Bishops

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual priests and bishops made efficient use of citizen media to support their campaign for inclusion in the Anglican Church at the recent Lambeth Conference, a...

Italy: A National Registry for Roma People?

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's new right wing Cabinet recently launched plans to carry out a national registration of all Roma people in Italy, including fingerprints of all children. Italy...

USA: Longest Walk 2 for Native Americans rights

An 8,000-Mile Walk for Native American Rights, Environmental Protection, and to Stop Global Warming reached its destination in Washington, DC. A successful example of community-building and citizen media usage -...

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