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Written by Acorde on Oct 15, 2009


Freedom of speech? Being able to leave your country whenever you want? Give your opinion in public without being pinpointed as a deserter? Have contact with the outter world through the web?

All of these are not an option in Cuba. At least not for Yoani Sánchez , a prominent Cuban blogger. For your reference, recently I made available to all Weave followers a video and a short comment about blogging at the most controversial island of the world.

So, Yoani's story goes like this.

She started blogging in 2007 after realizing that what she had studied (Philology) was not fulfilling herself. She then decided to enter the concrete world of numbers...

Written by dshafer on Oct 12, 2009

(Kaiteur Falls, Guyana)

Our goal was simple, prove that the cheapest way to volunteer is not through a pre-planned all-inclusive trip but rather by going to a place in need and offering your services. It was our belief that the construct of paying money to give your labor is financially preclusive to the vast majority of those who want to volunteer abroad. In this vein volunteering abroad has too often become the entertaining café story of the wealthy when it should be an opportunity for all. The dilemma then came, how can we best prove our theorem. Then we heard of a country that gets less than 5,000 visitors a year, has struggled with HIV AIDS, persistent crime, and destruction of their natural resources. A destination that happened to be the cheapest international flight out of New York. A country that the world at large has forgotten about. That country is Guyana.

    For those who are thinking Guyana is in the Southeast Asia, Africa, or perhaps a claimed territory in Micronesia, you would be horribly wrong. Guyana is a country on the North Coast of South America, however to call it a Latin American nation would be blasphemy as they have almost nothing to do with their neighbors of Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname least of all language. For all intensive purposes Guyana is part of the Caribbean, proving this point most...

Written by dshafer on Oct 12, 2009

 This is an article spotlighting a free volunteer opportunity in Central America. In the midst of a global recession we cannot in good conscience ask volunteers to pay money to help. Helping should always be free.


Since the beginning of the recession, the number of volunteers globally has tripled. This is of course logical as people can not only help others with their free time but also continue to be productive, explore different career paths, and avoid the dreaded “hole” in the resume. However volunteering unfortunately costs money. It costs us money, not only in our time, but also transportation, and in some cases fees to volunteer. I starting looking into the range of fees and quickly became disgusted by the ruthless profit margins that companies were making. In Nicaragua for example there are organizations where you pay $500 a week to volunteer, when the real average cost per traveler per day is most likely under $10, including a safe place to stay. It robs the volunteer of more than just money, but also their ability to stay for any substantive period of time without draining their savings account. Then I found an organization outside Grenada, Nicaragua called Casas de Esperanza, and remembered why I wanted to volunteer.

    Casas de Esperanza is an organization working with a squatter...

Written by maamir07 on Oct 10, 2009

Afghanistan Ambassador Warns of Worsening Violence


Interview with PBS TV

Margaret Warner (PBS TV) speaks with Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, Said Jawad, about...

Written by Khady on Sep 25, 2009

September so far has been an exciting month! For all the environmental freaks out there and any other concerned responsible citizen of the world who cares enough to care.

On September 22nd, leaders from 100 different nations, civil society groups and activists gathered at the United Nations grounds in New York city to participate in the United Nations Climate Summit.

Climate change is the topic of the day and is an issue that is making its way up in the agendas of national governments. The question today is not so much one over the legitimacy and credibility of the climate change discourse. Rather it is a question related to timing. When will we not only talk the 'talk’ but also ‘walk the walk...

Written by Acorde on Sep 19, 2009

Have you ever wondered how Cubans connect with the world?

Here is an answer.

 (the video comes with English subtitles!!)

According to the Decree no. 209/1996 of the Cuban Constitution, Cubans can access to information over the internet-if, that is, they are lucky enough to have access to a computer with internet and if the speed is decent.  However, the use of this information is regulated by state authorities in function to Cuban national interests.

Nowadays, there are around 25 independent...

Written by johncollins on Sep 15, 2009

27 You know you are not in the United States any more when, in the span of less than a week, your city plays host to both Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales.  Both leaders have played key roles in a recent wave of political change in Latin America that has been pushing, sometimes quietly and sometimes not so quietly, against the long and continuing tradition of U.S. imperialism in the region. Yesterday I had the privilege of hearing Morales, Bolivia's charismatic indigenous president, speak to a packed house at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  In a brief but inspiring speech delivered at the university's...

Written by maamir07 on Sep 13, 2009

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission sought to reassure voters Saturday that it was impartially tallying the results of the August presidential election.

Abdullah Abdullah makes allegations of voting fraud at a news conference Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Abdullah Abdullah makes allegations of voting fraud at a news conference Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Written by ddkoth07 on Sep 7, 2009
President Obama recent visit to Ghana was fantastic, his speech was great and all. However, as I reflected on all he said i couldn't help but wonder that everything he said was the same old rhetoric that Africans have to take the destiny of the continent to their hand and modernized Africa.
President Obama illustrated the point that Kenya was bad in terms of democratic development and Ghana was great. However, he fails to understand and make it clear that development isn't just about the democratic dimension, but that it also has an economic aspect to it.

The average African, the one who gets up 7 in the morning to the farm and comes back 6pm doesn't care about democratic development, (s)he more concern about how much his/her crops is going to be worth in the global market. In that respect, I believe that economic development, fair trade instead of free trade need to be accomplish before democratic development can be prioritized. Ghana has the same ethnic and political conflicts as Kenya. The Ewe and the...

Written by ddkoth07 on Sep 7, 2009

Few days ago, the people of Gabon voted for a new leader, after the French puppet Daddy Bongo (Omar Bongo) died in a Spanish hospital. Now, the reason I writing this is that something happen in Gabon that most Africans were hoping doesn't happen, Lil Bongo (Ali Bongo) won the election. Why is this so? After all the French masters didn't really want some smart-ass African taking over and giving the French 24 hours to leave, so with their support mysteriously Lil Bongo won!

In 2005 when Daddy Eyadema (Gnassingbe Eyadema) of Togo died, his son Lil Eyadema (Faure Eyadema) came to power after "election." So, can these two countries be call Republics, since they are more like kingdoms than Republics? Which bring me to my next point, why is it that Democratic development seems to me to be doing well in the Anglophone nations (Botswana, South Africa, not Zim, Ghana...