· December, 2006

Stories about Digital Activism from December, 2006

Russia: “The Dissenters’ March”

  16 December 2006

Marsh Nesoglasnykh (“The Dissenters’ March” or “The March of Those Who Disagree”) – screenshot from the rally's website, www.namarsh.ru According to news reports, over 2,000 people showed up at a “rare” anti-government rally in Moscow today. LJ user rifleman_sa has posted a photo report (RUS) from the Marsh Nesoglasnykh (“The...

Russia: The Blogosphere

  13 December 2006

ZheZhe [dot] us – a blog run by people who position themselves as “neither Russophiles or Russophobes, but Russorealists” – has a lengthy review of the Russian blogosphere. It also welcomes translations and original English-language posts by Russian bloggers (see comments to this post at Siberian Light).

South Korea: demand apology regarding racist programme

  12 December 2006

Michael Hurt has written an open letter to demand an official apology from Korean T.V station (KBS) regarding their earlier Global talk show programme which is considered as “racist and sexist stereotyping of foreign people”. Marmot's Hole also blogs about NGO statement on the issue.

Global Voices Delhi summit – only a few days to go!

  11 December 2006

The last details are being put together for the Global Voices annual summit being held in Delhi on Saturday 16 December. But the physical location shouldn't make a difference – please join us online from wherever you are! You can join via Internet Relay Chat (IRC). The IRC address is...

Student Protest, Election and USA-Iran Talks

  11 December 2006

According to the mainstream media and bloggers thousands of Iranian students demonstrated on the 6th of December in different Iranian universities around the country. The main slogan was “University is Alive”. University students and academics have gone through a very difficult time since last year. During this period some student...

Egypt: Bloggers open the door to police brutality debate

  9 December 2006

‘Extraordinary rendition’ has passed into common parlance over the last year as human rights organisations have accused the US government of exporting suspects to be tortured in regimes like Egypt, Morocco and Syria. But while cases involving international suspects get the headlines, these countries are regularly cited by human rights...

Russia: Stunt Protests and the Law

  6 December 2006

On Nov. 17, the Russian Duma approved a bill that abolished minimum voter turnout (20 percent) for all elections in Russia. Today, president Vladimir Putin has signed it into law. On Nov. 23, two young political activists – Ilya Yashin and Maria Gaidar – protested the imminent change by spending...

Africa: technorati bomb

  5 December 2006

Is there a need for technorati bomb for the African blogosphere?, asks Black Looks: “I am not sure some sort of “TECHNORATI.COM BOMB” (as in google bomb) type exercise with the tag AFRICA + add your country tag irrespective of topic on every single post for the next 6 months...

Iran:Prisoner of Colour

  4 December 2006

Pouya has presented on his blog, paintings of Derlara Darabi, a 20 year old girl, who has been in prison since she was 17. She was sentenced to death for confessing to a murder. Although she later stated her confession was false,this was not accepted by court.

World AIDS Day

  1 December 2006

With the inaugural theme of “Communication” in 1988, World AIDS Day was first established by UNAIDS as an annual day of awareness and outreach to confront the stigma, discrimination, and ignorance surrounding one of the world's deadliest preventable diseases. Nearly two decades, 65 million infections, and 25 million deaths later,...

Iran:Blogs and Sites should be registered

  1 December 2006

Alpar has given a link to what he calls ridiculous law about sites and blogs. According to the new law [Fa], all sites and blogs should be registered in the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.Sites and blogs will have no right to publish anything against Leader,Islamic regime and even...

Russia: Abortion Politics

  1 December 2006

In response to the grim economic situation, abortion was made legal in the Soviet Union in 1920. From 1936 to 1955 – under Joseph Stalin and until after his death – abortion was outlawed. In today's Russia, according to some data, abortions outnumber live births; for many women, abortion is...

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