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· March, 2009

Stories about Citizen Media from March, 2009

31 March 2009

Cambodia: Trial begins for Khmer Rouge leader

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia began the first public hearing of Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch. During the Khmer Rouge regime, Duch headed the infamous Tuol...

30 March 2009

Water: One Take International Video Contest

“Is access to clean, safe water for drinking a basic human right? Why? or Why not?”. That is the question One Take is asking for you to answer in your...

Zimbabwe: My Blog is Blocked!

On Friday March 20, 2009 the Zimbabwean blog, Peace, love & happiness unto the whole world, was blocked. The author of the blog, Eusebia, wrote a short post about it...

Georgia: Holy Baby Boom!

The birth rate has increased by 20 percent in ex-Soviet Georgia and the country's Orthodox Church is taking much of the credit. The miracle responsible for the much-needed baby boom...

25 March 2009

Zimbabwe: Bloggers not happy with the Coalition Government

Zimbabwean bloggers are unhappy with the way things are turning out within the coalition government between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. The reactions are a mixture of distrust of Mugabe...

24 March 2009

Brazil: A Private Nature Reserve – Is It Possible?

Society demands green action and Brazil’s policy that motivates land onwers to join the National Conservation Units Systems is having a great impact on society. Under the program known as...

23 March 2009

Fiji: ‘It was stones, now it's molotov cocktails’

At least six people in Fiji who could be termed “public opponents” of the country’s military-backed government have been targeted by unidentified individuals who late at night have thrown large...

Egypt: Women turn to the Internet to fight taboos

Young middle and upper class Egyptian women resort to the internet to fight their battles against taboos. The BBC interviewed some of them and Mohamed Hamdy of Bloggers Times comments...

Cambodia: Rice politics

Rice is more than a staple of the Cambodian diet. It also implicates land rights, trade and international relations. Some Cambodians are frustrated over land leases to neighboring Vietnam. They...

Iran: Dr. Hesam Firouzi, Another Jailed Blogger

It was jailed physician and blogger, Dr. Hesam Firouzi, who recently got the word out through his lawyer about the death of blogger Omid Reza Mir Sayafi in Tehran's Evin...

22 March 2009

Angola: Pope is greeted by the largest crowd of his African tour

The climax of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Angola was an open-air mass this Sunday, when nearly million people from various Angolan provinces and other African countries came to Luanda...

21 March 2009

India: Gujarat Diamond Workers Suicide in the Face of Crisis

On the following videos we can see and hear about the situation the Gujarat diamond polishers in India are facing. As the world recession and economic crisis affects their industry,...

Azerbaijan: Novruz

Prohibited but celebrated discreetly during its years as a Soviet republic, Novruz is now one of the most anticipated holidays to be openly marked in Azerbaijan. Local and expat bloggers...

19 March 2009

Brazil: Controversial demarcation of indigenous land confirmed

Five indigenous tribes of Brazil have won a 30-year battle to reclaim 1.7 million hectares of their ancestral land in Roraima in the Amazon on the border to Venezuela and...

The Pope in Cameroon (2): Of Clerics, Corruption and Politics

The visit of the head of the Roman Catholic Church to Cameroon this March 2009 has ignited some Cameroonian bloggers to point the search lights on the political effects (if...

Madagascar: Fear of More Strife After President's Resignation

The power struggle that has plagued Madagascar since January may have come to an end. Yesterday, after attempts by Andry Rajoelina supporters to remove President Marc Ravalomanana from office, the...

18 March 2009

Argentina: Xenophobia in the Football Stands

Rivalries in Argentine football can become quite heated. The battles on the field often spill over into the stands, as club supporters clash with one another. It is not always...

Japan: Sri Lanka, Somalia, us? The government?

17 March 2009

Colombia: Documenting the trucker's life on the road

What is life like when you are constantly on the road? Blogger Francisco Cárdenas, best known for his blog Cine al Oído, has set out to experience that and share...

The Pope in Cameroon (1): Yaoundé Clean Up Controversy

Pope Benedict XVI is visiting Cameroon from 17 to 20 March 2009. This has led the government to take some radical clean-up measures, which have caused a lot of controversy...

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