Stories about Citizen Media from February, 2007
Pakistan: Online freedom of speech as collateral damage?
This flash animation is converted from the Powerpoint Presentation made by Dr Awab Alvi for “The Battle for the Internet.” conference (His presentation can be viewed here-original file .ppt) One year ago, on the 27th of February 2006, when the Danish cartoons controversy exploded, spawning waves of protest, anger...
Saudi Arabia: Camera or Magic Wand?
Saudi-based American blogger Nzingha shows us how it would take a miracle to change her camera to a magic wand here.
Trinidad & Tobago: What happened to J'ouvert?
Mark Lyndersay wonders what happened to the J'ouvert (the early-morning festivities which traditionally kick off the Trinidad and Tobago carnival) he once knew.
Jamaica: Moving back
Francis Wade posts an email from a reader who wishes to return to Jamaica but is concerned about crime, along with his response.
Israel: Apartheid Promoter Jimmy Carter
Israeli blogger Sultan Knish trashes Jimmy Carter for visiting Sudan here. “Jimmy Carter, freelance moral ambassador to the world, vociferous critic of any free country trying to protect itself from the menace of terrorism, particularly the United States and Israel… is taking a little trip to Africa,” he writes.
Ethiopia: lives are shared
A blogger's impression after visiting home, Ethiopia, from China, “Lives are shared. People remember what you did or didn't do years after events have passed. Relationships feel permanent, not in a stagnant boring way but in a manner that is cadenced and reassuring.”
Nigeria: the census debate goes on
Bloggers are still debating Nigeria's last year's census, “Last year’s census is still causing arguments here, with all sorts of wild claims flying around. One of the big problems has been the announcement that Kano state has a slightly larger population than Lagos state, when obviously there are more people...
South Africa: 2007 blog awards
It is time to select the best from the South African blogosphere: “As you already know – the SA blog awards showcase the very best of South African independent web publishing in various categories.New categories for this year include: Best SA Music blog: Best weblog about news of a musical...
Indonesia: Virus Samples at a Price
Slashdot.com is hosting a discussion on Indonesia's decision to sell the Avian Flu virus samples to a biotech company rather that passing it freely to the World Health Organization. Notes the original poster “They feel slighted when they give away such samples, but then cannot afford the patented vaccines.”
Bahrain: Blogger Released on Bail!
Illustrious Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif described a certain minister as ‘stupid.’ The minister lodged a case against the blogger, who was summoned by the CID yesterday. Today, he went to the public prosecutor, where he was questioned again for three hours, in the presence of a lawyer, and released...
Malawi: mourning one of their own
Malawian bloggers are still mourning one of their own, “A couple of days before the operation, he posted on his blog that he had just recovered from Malaria. My last comment to his blog was congratulating him for that recovery and mentioning that Malaria is no longer threat for under-five...
A Week Goes by in Kuwait
Do you doodle ? Well Nibaq over at Savior Machine not only doodles, but he leaves his doodle machine in the bathroom and everyone in household doodles on it. This is the end result of the community doodling. Intlxpatr one of the many expat bloggers in Kuwait shares with us...
Russia: Photo-Marathon For Children With Cancer
On Jan. 27, 2007, the third annual photo-marathon was held in one of the wards (Onco-Haematology 16) of the Children’s Clinical Hospital in Moscow. It was organized by the International Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organisations (ICCCPO) and the Russia-based Donory – detyam...
Africa: separating Africa from the Middle East
White African on the 2007 Bloggies, “There is a category for “Best African or Middle Eastern Weblog”. Someone tell me why the hell people cannot seem to separate Africa from the Middle East? It’s a different continent! Let me get this right… You can separate UK blogs from European blogs,...