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· January, 2011

Stories about Breaking News from January, 2011

28 January 2011

Egypt: Netizens Rise for the Support of Egyptians on their Day of Rage

The countdown for mass protests across Egypt has started, with very little information trickling from the ground after the Egyptian authorities shut down the Internet and virtually all other communication...

27 January 2011

Israel: Bloggers Eye Gaza as Egypt Unrest Spreads through Sinai

This is a summary of Israeli perspectives, blog posts, and media shared online over the last two days, in reaction to the unrest in Egypt. Referenced by Israeli sources as...

Uganda: Gay Rights Activist Found Murdered

Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was found murdered yesterday, just weeks after winning a court case against a local newspaper that had called for Ugandans to “hang” homosexuals. Kato...

Egypt: Friday is the Day of Anger

The Egyptian Twittersphere is full of predictions of renewed demonstrations over the weekend. Dubbed the Million Egyptian March, Friday is expected to witness unprecedented protests across the country, despite government...

Cuba: Fariñas Arrested & Released

Egypt: Twittering from the Rooftops

The Egyptian Twittersphere on #jan25 is thick with stories of the ongoing unrest. For observers, the rooftops have become a favored vantage. Ivan Sigal shares this bird's eye view of...

Egypt: Reports of Police Brutality, Arrests and Live Ammuntion

More reports are emerging of arrests and police harassment and brutality, as Egyptians rise for the for the third day in a row. There are also reports of deaths but...

Russia: Domodedovo Bombings Expose Imbalance Between Traditional and Social Media

RuNet Echo

Social media played a significant role in the coverage of the terrorist attack in Domodedovo International Airport near Moscow. Russian bloggers and journalists discussed the consequences of increasing role of...

Egypt: What is Happening in Suez?

Different reports about clashes between the protestors and security forces are coming out of Suez, 129km east of the capital Cairo, as demonstrations across Egypt enter their third day. With...

Arab World: New Media and the Egyptian Demonstrations

The Arab World is looking in awe at the developments unfolding in Egypt. Today, mainstream media is taking a back seat, while citizen media triumphs. Arab bloggers share their reflections...

Lebanon: ‘Day of Rage’ Shocks Bloggers

Thousands of supporters of disposed Sunni Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri took to the streets in a 'day of rage' on Tuesday to protest the fall of their leader. The...

26 January 2011

Egypt: After Twitter, Facebook Now Blocked

Egypt today blocked access to Facebook, as part of its clampdown on the transfer of information, following yesterday's protests. Also, yesterday, it blocked access to Twitter, jammed mobile communications in...

Egypt: Night Falls, After Day of Rage

As the night sky extended over Egypt, protests in Cairo and around the country continued. So did reports of police violence, but also acts of kindness by local residents and...

Gabon: Opposition Leader Takes Oath as New President

The double presidential power struggle in Côte d'Ivoire seems to have inspired Gabon's political opposition as well. This afternoon on January 26, 2011, former Gabonese presidential election candidate André Mba...

25 January 2011

Puerto Rico: More Arrests and Civil Disobedience

Egypt: The January 25 Demonstrations in Photographs

A picture is worth a thousand tweets, especially when Twitter is blocked in Egypt in order to halt the transfer of information about the ongoing demonstrations in Egypt today.

India: Government Official Burnt Alive by Miscreants

In a gruesome incident, an additional district collector was burnt alive today - allegedly by petrol and diesel mafia while investigating fuel related irregularities. As the news broke, netizens reacted...

Egypt: Tweeting the Day of Revolution

From reports of small gatherings to those of thousands of demonstrators marching across different cities in Egypt, Twitter is ablaze with reactions. This nationwide "Day of Revolution" coincides with Police...

24 January 2011

Russia: First Twitter Reports of Domodedovo Suicide Bombing

RuNet Echo

A deadly explosion killed at least 35, and wounded as many as 70 people in the Moscow airport Domodedovo. Early reports assert (ru) that the attack was a suicide bomb....

Russia: Domodedovo Airport Blast