Stories about Humanitarian Response from April, 2007
Sierra Leonean Blogosphere 101
My name is Vickie Remoe-Doherty. This is my first post as Global Voices author for Sierra Leone. I thought that my first post should introduce you to some notable blogs on Sierra Leonean blogosphere. I hope that my work with Global Voices Online will inspire Sierra Leoneans in Sierra Leone...
China: An Eye for an Eye
The dog abuse case in Nanjing has resulted in furious internet response and real life threat: “You burned that dog to death and therefore I want you ‘dead'!” ESWN translated a report by Wang Feng from Southern Metropolis Daily on the case.
Iraq: The Wall of Segregation
Iraqi blogger Emad Khadduri links to a post by another Iraqi blogger - Riverbend- on the controversial wall being erected around Iraqi towns. “According to plans the Iraqi puppets and Americans cooked up, it will ‘protect’ A'adhamiya, a residential/mercantile area that the current Iraqi government and their death squads couldn't...
China: Dog Abuse Triggered Internet Debate
Josie Liu from China in Transition reported on a recent internet debate (17000 comments) about animal right VS human right. The discussion was triggered off by an incident of burning dogs in Nanjing city.
Egypt: Sinai Bedouins Seek Refuge in Israel
Writing at Kabobfest, blogger Hanaan reports the plight of a Sinai bedouin, who is seeking entry into Israel. “You know police brutality has reached a new low in Egypt when hundreds of the country's poorest would rather seek refuge in Israel than face Mubarak's hired guns. The government should be...
Arabeyes: Palestinian Jordanian Anyone?
Jordanian blogger Hareega is furious that people avoid discussing racism in his society. He is particularly angry about the discrimination Jordanians of Palestinian origin go through in a country he claims they have helped build and project to the level it is today. يبدو أن الناس بشكل عام تتفادى الخوض...
Iran:Anniversary of the Armenian Holocaust in Tehran
Kamangir reports about the anniversary of the Armenian Holocaust in Tehran.We can see how Armenians remember this day in their church in Iran in several photos.
Iraq: End the War
Iraqi blogger Mohammed asks: What did the last wave of terror attacks and the many crimes committed against our people all this time reveal? As for the media, he writes: “When shall they realize, if ever, that we are dealing with brutal crimes against humanity, a genocide against the people...
Myanmar: Helping Hand Blogs
People of Myanmar are well known for their gentle nature, kind heart, sincerity, generosity and a great helping hand. In Myanmar, various type of non profitable groups and non governmental organizations are formed to help out physical, educational and well being of the country men especially youth and children. These days, many such organizations are starting to use blogs to announce and publish their organizations’ activities. Among them:
Malawi: Malawian bloggers has four questions for Madonna
Recently, music pop star, Madonna, visited Malawi. If Victor Kaonga, who lives in Sweden, were in Malawi, he would have asked her four questions: If I were around, I would ask her four questions: 1. Why she is interested in Malawi? 2. What she thinks Kaballah will mean to Malawians?...
The Moroccan blogosphere reacts to the Virginia Tech massacre
These past few days, the world's eyes have been turned toward the Virginia Tech massacre; the Moroccan blogosphere in particular notes the connection that Fox News has tried to make between Islam and the Virginia Tech gunman. Bo18, a blogger of the Moroccan diaspora, says, “You could've guessed it. Fox...
Barbados: Cricket Legends Give Back
Cricket Legends of Barbados, an organisation which boasts famous names like Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes and Wes Hall, is lending its support to former team-mates who have fallen on hard times. My Barbados Blog links to the full story on BBC Sport.
Virginia Tech, rumors and change: the Bangla blogosphere spans it all
Bangla blogs join the rest of the world in mourning the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings. Probashi raises the issue of gun control and points out that had a gun not been accessible to the mentally unstable Cho, he would not have been able to wreak such havoc. He...
China: Community embraces orphan
Late last month, a husband-wife migrant laborer couple from China's poverty-stricken Henan province working in Beijing killed themselves, leaving two teenage children to fend for themselves. Last week, Beijing-based Sohu blogger Li Yuanyuan took her camera and went to the younger child's school to see how the community has reacted.
Serbia: Peter Handke
At Belgrade 2.0, a discussion of writer Peter Handke's relationship with Serbia.
Hong Kong and Taiwan: Cross Border Citizen Reporting
Citizen reporters from Hong Kong have spontaneously organized a trip to Taiwan to report on Losheng preservation campaign. Lee Chung-nei carried with her a very simple question: why do these group of 70 years old grannies would stand up to resist the government policy? [zh]
China: A Bottomless Glass
Chai jin wrote a poem in her blog “A bottomless Glass”[zh] for a charity organization: If we only talk about poverty and not about how to empower the poor and the vulnerables to voice out for their rights, to monitor the powerful social groups and enjoy same rights… we are...
Arabeyes: Esra'a Al Shafei – Your One-Stop-Cyber-Activist
At the age of 20, Bahraini university student Esra'a Al Shafei sure has a lot of chores to juggle. And it isn't classwork that is taking her time and sapping her energy. As a cyber-activist, Al Shafei's interests range from campaigning to free jailed bloggers to highlighting atrocities being committed...
China: The lives of retired athletes
Professional Chinese athletes are known to undergo some of the toughest training regimens in the world, but does this prepare them for post-competition careers? Roland Soong at EastSouthWestNorth translates a recent post from marathoner-turned-blogger Ai Dongmei, “If my child wants to be an athlete, I'll break her legs first.”
Madagascar: English as an Official Language, Tribute to Victims of Colonial Conflicts and Cyclones (Again)
It's been a busy couple of weeks for Madagascar: A referendum for an amendment on the constitution which includes the addition of English as an official language. Madagascar was also honoring the memory of the victims of the colonial insurrection of 1947 which resulted in 80,000 casualties. Finally, a 6th cyclone in 6th month hit the Malagasy coast, leaving even more devastated areas before reconstruction from the earlier one could be completed.
Yemen: Saving the Somali Refugees
Moments in Words from Hadhramout writes about the situation of Somali refugees in Yemen.