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Will there be a Popular Consultation for Yasuní?

(All links are in Spanish, otherwise noted as [en] for English)

Following the president's decision last year to exploit the oil fields in Parque Nacional Yasuní [en] [Yasuní National Park] an oppositional movement began and became quickly organized. It started carrying out marches for collecting signatures in order to hold a popular consultation regarding Yasuni's fate. 

On Saturday, April 12th the Yasunidos collective, along with other organizations, presented almost 750,000 signatures before the CNE [National Electoral Board, for its Spanish name] so that it may be passed on to the Consulta Popular del Yasuní ITT [The Yasuní ITT Popular Consultation]. The CNE accounted for receiving the signatures and indicates that the minimum signatures required were 583,324. It also announced that the signature verification procedure started on Monday, April 14th. 

However, on Thursday, April 17th an incident occurred involving Yasunidos members. They blocked the boxes, containing the forms of the collected signatures, from being transferred between the CNE and the signature verification center. They claimed there were irregularities in the procedure. 

They want to take the boxes away without our consent despite the petition to postpone the procedure until we're certain.

On Friday, April 18th the CNE announced that the procedure is advancing in accordance to the established timetable and that the presence of supervisors guarantees its transparency and proper conduct. Nevertheless, activists continue to denounce irregularities with the procedure.

The military @FFAAECUADOR closes the door on #Yasunidos #DefiendeTuFirma [Defend your signature] #Yasuní 

An African Tale of The First Love Story Ever Told

The website Histoire Africaine/African History [fr] narrates the tale of the oldest love story ever told, the story of Osiris and Isis [fr] and explains what makes it stand out [fr] from the other love stories. Osiris was the king god of Egypt and Isis his queen. Set, his brother, murdered Osiris to take over the kingdom. Isis find and restore Osiris’ body, resurrecting him and they conceive their son Horus. The author writes that the story is rich of lessons for the African continent [fr]:   

While Osiris is rightfully mentioned at every funeral because he was the One who first attained the eternal life, one must note the crucial role that Isis played in allowing Osiris to persevere. She embodies the concept of love, the one that never gives up, that rescues loved ones and frees them from darkness. 

  

From right to left: Isis, her husband Osiris, and their son Horus on wikimedia CC- Share Alike 1.0

From right to left: Isis, her husband Osiris, and their son Horus on wikimedia CC- Share Alike 1.0

The Africanized Experience of Lisbon

The media and racial stereotypes [pt], through the perspective and experience of two specialists in the area of the study of race, both Afroportuguese, born in Lisbon, Portugal. is the topic of a new podcast. An interview with Grada Kilomba, academic of Santomean origin at the Humboldt University Berlin, translated into Portuguese in the first program of Radio AfroLis, touches on the nature of racism in Europe.

The role of the media, of black and white in the struggle against racism is also analyzed in this program by the researcher in the area of religious studies and white studies, Elisabete Cátia Suzana, University of Uppsala (Sweden).

Radio Afrolis presents itself as an “africanized experience of Lisbon” that intends to “reveal facets of an emerging black consciousness in Portugal”

Para alguns afrodescendentes a cidade de Lisboa é claramente a sua cidade. Para outros Lisboa é uma cidade como outra qualquer, apesar de terem nascido ou de sempre terem vivido nela. Outros há que rejeitam Lisboa porque sentem que não é o seu lugar.

No caso dos afrodescendentes negros, a questão da pertença relaciona-se com a sua fraca representação nos media, assim como em espaços sociais diversificados, mas principalmente, com o racismo. E surge a questão: Eu como negro ou negra, africano, africana devo/ posso/quero assumir-me como lisboeta? E serão precisamente as inúmeras combinações de respostas que vamos apresentar nos episódios do nossos podcast.

Acompanhem-nos por serem afrodescententes, por interesse na temática, pela vontade de conhecer outras vivências de Lisboa, ou até mesmo por quererem acrescentar algo à discussão!

For some of African descent the city of Lisbon is clearly their city. For others Lisbon is a city like any other, in spite of being born there or having always lived there. Others reject Lisbon because they feel it is not their place.

In the case of African-descended black people, the question of belonging relates to their poor representation in the media, as well as in other kinds of social spaces, but principally, it relates to racism. The question arises: as a black person, African, should I/can I/do I want to assert by identity as a Lisbonite? It will be precisely the numerous combinations of responses that we will present in the episodes of our podcast.

Follow along as African-descended Portuguese, or because you are interested in the topic, wanting to get to know other experiences of Lisbon, or even because you'd like to add something to the discussion!

Follow on FacebookSoundcloud and the blog radioafrolis.com.

Peru: Blog Site for Women Claims Unethical Use of Web Domain

Ellas dicen [es], a blog site for women, recently posted about the problems they went through after a representative of PERU.com suggested an association between the two entities. In the end, the agreement did not work out after a trial run, and no contract was signed. However, PERU.com, part of the El Comercio editorial group, registered the domain ellasdicen.pe and refuses to give it up. The blogger from Ellas dicen wonders:

¿Acaso es pecado emprender algo sin tener el dinero para registrar la marca porque entonces, alguna persona “súper viva” aprovechará para usar TU idea y sacar SU provecho sin darte ningún crédito de por medio?

Is it so wrong for people to launch projects without having the money to register their brands just because some opportunist could possibly take advantage by stealing YOUR idea and profiting from it without giving back any of the credit?

Some tweeters have begun to show solidarity with @ellasdicenpe:

@perucom is going to have to prove that registering the ellasdicen.pe domain after its association with the @Ellasdicenpe blog is neither disloyal nor in bad faith.

87-Year Old Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies

Colombia Nobel laureate author Gabriel García Márquez passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Mexico City. He was 87 years old. Colombian network Caracol posted a chronology [es] of his life.

On Twitter, user Pepin Balongo expressed his sorrow:

There are no more a hundred years of solitude; from now on, it will be an eternity in solitude; goodbye Gabo [author's nickname].

Is Valparaíso's Wildfire Result of Neglect by Municipal Government?

incendio valparaiso

Photo of wildfire in Valparaíso by Flickr user Leonardo Maldonado, under license to CC Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

A report [es] from Chile's Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIPER) has stirred up a story of neglect and corruption about how, since 2012, local authorities have been aware of the danger posed by the extensive growth of underbrush in the hills and ravines around Valparaíso as well as the proliferation of garbage dumps in these same areas —all of which contribute to a situation ripe for wildfires. But not even the blazes that ignited in 2013 provoked a reaction from local government. So now, the search for those responsible has begun. 

In the midst of the ravages left by the massive wildfire in Valparaiso, a new inquiry commission will be appointed by the Chamber of Deputies in the coming week. The goal: to determine the amounts and those responsible for this latest corruption scandal in the city's administration [...]. The investigation of this new regional scandal, which has once again focused its attention on another million dollars allegedly diverted to political campaigns, may turn out to be the one that paints the clearest picture of the extent to which corruption is entrenched in regional government and from which not a single party has escaped. 

Caribbean: Kids & Technology

Caribbean diaspora blogger Tobias Buckell says that the biggest surprise about living with five year olds is “their uptake of [tech] devices.”

Trinidad & Tobago: End of Traditional IT?

ICT Pulse, in reading the latest McKinsey survey, wonders if the IT department – as we know it – is on its way out.

State of Political Blogging in Vietnam

Doan Trang observed that a growing number of Vietnamese bloggers have been tackling human rights and other political issues by

writing commentaries and analyses, even finding supplementary facts. Despite the emotional style which may sometimes reveal their non-professionalism, they filled the vacuum left by the mainstream media which in most cases would only report news without producing any in-depth analysis.

But only few are writing in English:

Though much progress has been made, alternative media in Vietnam still aims mostly at the Vietnamese audience. In other words, bloggers still “talk to themselves” or “write for their fellow citizens” only. News stories in English, if any, came as a result of the accidental attention by some foreign reporter about Vietnam's human rights situation via his/ her individual contact network.

Trinidad & Tobago: Lack of Accountability

The main issue now arising in relation to the Beetham Water Recycling Project…is the complete failure of our country’s system of Public Financial Management.

Afra Raymond takes on the government's “unpardonable failure to account for that mammoth sum of Public Money.”

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