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· January, 2011

Stories about Photos from January, 2011

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Lebanon: Protest in Support of Egypt

  29 January 2011

A solidarity protest in support of the demonstrators in Egypt is taking place next to the Egyptian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Similar protests are being reported around the world, as Egyptians continue to rally against the 30-year rule of president Hosni Mubarak.

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Puerto Rico: Violence Continues as Students Engage in Civil Disobedience

  28 January 2011

On January 20th, students from the University of Puerto Rico started staging acts of civil disobedience as part of their strike against the $800 dollar annual fee imposed by the administration. The Police has arrested almost 100 protesters and assaulted journalists who have been covering the incidents. Social media and blogs have been an important tool of dissemination and a space for analysis.

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Egypt: Twittering from the Rooftops

  27 January 2011

The Egyptian Twittersphere on #jan25 is thick with stories of the ongoing unrest. For observers, the rooftops have become a favored vantage. Ivan Sigal shares this bird's eye view of developments, on the third day of the protests that have rocked Egypt.

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Gabon: Opposition Leader Takes Oath as New President

  26 January 2011

The double presidential power struggle in Côte d'Ivoire seems to have inspired Gabon's political opposition as well. This afternoon on January 26, 2011, former Gabonese presidential election candidate André Mba Obame - regarded by many as the probable winner of the 2009 election - has taken oath as President and formed his own 'unofficial' government.

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Egypt: Tweeting the Day of Revolution

  25 January 2011

From reports of small gatherings to those of thousands of demonstrators marching across different cities in Egypt, Twitter is ablaze with reactions. This nationwide "Day of Revolution" coincides with Police Day and brings together people from different walks of life and a wide political spectrum to protest against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

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Venezuela: The Feast of the Divine Shepherdess

  22 January 2011

The feast of the Divine Shepherdess is celebrated every January 14 in Venezuela. Bloggers recalled and shared the origins and history of this Catholic tradition, while on Twitter and Facebook users shared photos and blessings. The political discussion that is present in the daily life of Venezuelans was also part of this year's celebration.

Russia: Putin's Palace Exposed on Ruleaks

RuNet Echo  20 January 2011

The Russian Wikileaks website published photos [RUS] of what is allegedly known as Vladimir Putin's $1 billion-worth palace on the shore of  Black Sea . The story of the secret construction has been exposed [ENG] by Vedomosti newspaper few weeks ago.

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Sudan: Southern Sudan Referendum: Africa (Dis)United?

  19 January 2011

In our latest roundup of Southern Sudan Referendum 2011, Dr. James Okuk offers his “advance billion congratulation” to the people of Southern Sudan for choosing to form a new nation while Leon Nyerere, a Sudanese based in Canada, believes that there is no rational justification for the separation of Southern Sudan. The quest for separation, Leon argues, was informed by emotions than rational thinking.

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Puerto Rico: Online Debate on Hooded Protesters

  18 January 2011

Recently, hooded individuals protesting in the student strike at the University of Puerto Rico committed acts of vandalism that were caught on camera. Members of the Puerto Rican blogosphere discuss the impact they have caused to the cause and some wonder if they are students at all.

St. Lucia: Getting Over Tomas

  17 January 2011

“It will be a long road”: Sun, Rain, Or… says that St. Lucia is still struggling to get back to normal after last year's Hurricane Tomas.

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France: A Show of Tunisian Pride in Paris

  15 January 2011

Today, January 15, marks the "day after" and the first day of a Ben Ali free Tunisia. Despite their concern for the continuous violence in Tunisia, their relatives and the future, the 600 000 Tunisians in France granted themselves one day to rejoice, celebrate and share an overwhelming collective emotion. Here are a few pictures from a Tunisian show of pride in Paris.

Rwanda: iPhone on the Kigali buses

  15 January 2011

Pimping buses in Kigali, Rwanda: “Rwanda’s city buses are quite as tricked out or chaotic as the matatus of regional neighbours. However, there are plenty of bus owners in town who take the time to pimp their rides. As far as I understand it so long as the yellow line...

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Cuba: Cubadebate's YouTube Channel Taken Down

  14 January 2011

The YouTube channel of Cubadebate was taken down on January 12th, due to copyright infringement claims on a video of Cuban terrorist suspect and former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles, who is currently on trial in a US federal court in El Paso, Texas. Cubadebate, a state-run news site, has urged YouTube to reactivate the channel, which contains over four hundred videos.

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