Stories about Digital Activism from September, 2007
Iran:A video about Transsexuality
IranianTruth informs us about a short video on “transsexuality in Iran” authored by Yasmin Vossoughian & Kouross Esmaeli.
Kazakhstan: Big politics and human lives
While the usual discussions about political cobwebs and oil business intrigues kept the Kazakhstani bloggers busy, two dramatic incidents stood out: A rocket crash potentially threatening the health of thousands of people and the murder of a Russian blogger made the Kazakhstani blogosphere think about the value of a human life.
Maldives: Facebook and blogs used to organize vigil to remember torture victim
On 19 September 2003 a conflict among some inmates of Maafushi Jail in the Maldives led to 12 of them being isolated from their cells. Among the isolated was Hassan Evan Naseem, a 19 year-old boy imprisoned because of drug-related charges. Evan insisted that he was not part of the...
Palestine: Digital Resistance
Palestinian Haitham Sabbah writes about digital resistance in this post.
Bahrain: A President Visits
Bahrain-based blogger Bint Battuta shares with us a new blog, set up to cover President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia University earlier this week, created by its Graduate School of Journalism students.
Trinidad and Tobago: The Course of Justice
“This Chief Justice matter is no joke. The integrity of the entire judiciary rests upon it,” writes Manicou, who is incredulous at the refusal of Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney General to allow himself to be cross examined by the tribunal investigating allegations that he conspired with the Chief Magistrate to...
Jamaica: Grateful Day
In light of the situation in Myanmar, Montego Bay Day By Day writes: “Although this little rock called Jamaica isn't perfect, I am indeed grateful that, as of this date, we can criticize our government quite harshly without fear.”
Bahamas: Artists or Liars
“Where we don't explore ourselves, we pay the price”: Nicolette Bethel, guest authoring at Bahama Pundit, explains how lack of any real emphasis on the arts translates into creating “a society of liars.”
China: Bloggers side with Burmese monks
Chinese government talk of non-intervention in the violent crushing of democracy protests this week in the Myanmar capital Yangon hasn't resonated much with a number of high-profile Chinese bloggers, with several taking the risk of openly joining the Red Shirt for Burma campaign and calling for their readers to do the same.
Myanmar: Citizen Journalism
Bangkok Parlour on Citizen Journalism in Myanmar. “Citizen journalism has arrived in Burma. And, while the risks to those who courageously capture the deplorable realities of life today in Burma are great, the potential rewards to the country as a whole are greater. Images today speak louder than words.”
Jordan: Letter to the Censor
Jordanian blogger Hareega writes an open post to the censor here, and sarcastically notes: “We need you here. Our Jordanian blogsphere is polluted with cracked, uneducated, totally rude, unpatriotic, anti-freedom ignorant Jordan haters. I need you here. I need you to teach me to love my country, to watch my...
Trinidad & Tobago: Oil Spill
“If it takes the Environmental Management Authority a week to take notice of an oil spill, how can we trust them to monitor the daily emissions coming from a plant?” asks Rights Action Group T&T, as it calls for “an immediate introduction of proper emergency response mechanisms to be put...
Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Outsourcing Service
Francis Wade makes a case for the customer service function to be outsourced in Jamaica – and Barbados and Trinidad, for that matter.
Cuba, Jamaica: Under Siege in Burma
Uncommon Sense blogs about the struggle in Burma, while Montego Bay Day By Day says: “Freedom is not a thing that is earned. It is a right that is obtained at the very moment that one is deemed alive.”
Bahamas: Education Challenges
Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit examines the problems facing Bahamian education.
Egypt: Blogging Workers’ Strike
Freddy Deknatel takes a look at how a blogger is covering Egypt's workers strike in this post. Global Voices Online earlier reported the unrest here.
Culture and Art with an Iranian Accent
Sepideh Saremi is editor of Pars Arts, a collaborative citizen media project covering culture and art related topics in Iran. Saremi talks with Global Voices about the project, its goals and its challenges.
Trinidad & Tobago: What Kind of Unity?
“If the UNC and the COP do unite, what kind of unity could this be?” asks Manicou, who is confused about some of the moves being made in Trinidad and Tobago's election season.
Trinidad & Tobago: Blogging Against Abuse
“Abuse is all over, in many forms. If anything, citizen media can highlight abuse…”: KnowProSE.com gets a jump on Blog Against Abuse Day, which will be observed tomorrow.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: HIV/AIDS Awareness
“As far as am concerned, fighting the HIV war calls for effective use of all available tools”: Blogging from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Abeni comments on a steamy ad campaign intended to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
Bahamas: State of Education
Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com blogs about the report on the state of education in the Bahamas.