· March, 2011

Stories about Photos from March, 2011

Japan: Social Art and Design for Earthquake Relief

  16 March 2011

Three design-related projects have emerged out of the destruction of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast of Japan last Friday 11 March, 2011. They encourage the sharing of artwork and logos to help in the wake of the disaster.

Japan: Tell the World to Help

  15 March 2011

A simple search for pictures posted on Twitter can bring up amazing things. Search the characters “宮城” (Miyagi) and a handful of different pictures come up from the prefecture, one of the hardest-hit in Japan by the recent tsunami. Scroll down, and one picture stands out, a blob of brown and blue until you click it…

Japan: On Catastrophes and Miracles, a Personal Account

  14 March 2011

Blogger Chikirin shares her personal story of how she experienced the Japanese earthquake on March 13, 2011, with the post “On Catastrophes and Miracles”. She was on a business trip to Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, when the quake hit some 250 kilometers away.

Peru: The Peruvian Amazon

  13 March 2011

What does the Amazon mean to Peru and, in turn, Peru to it? Juan Arellano answers these questions with a brief historical summary of the Peruvian Amazon and a compilation of what some bloggers have written about the Amazon region in Peru.

Azerbaijan: More Protests, More Arrests…

  12 March 2011

Following yesterday's protest by youth activists in Azerbaijan, opposition supporters today staged their own. Also inspired by pro-democracy protests in Egypt and Tunisia, the demonstration might not have been as large as those, but it was certainly intense.

Japan: Onagawa, the Hometown I Once Knew

  12 March 2011

A personal account of evacuation in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture: Twitter user @kombu_s evacuated to Sendai City and posted tweets and images from her journey, saying "I am an ordinary person that went to pick up her family."

Azerbaijan: Youth Protest in Baku

  11 March 2011

Inspired by pro-democracy protests in Egypt and Tunisia, youth activists in Azerbaijan took to the streets in actions encouraged and coordinated by social media in what was their largest action staged in two years.

Cuba: “Could Cuba become the next Egypt?”

  11 March 2011

The popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have members of the Cuban blogosphere wondering: could Cuba become “the next Egypt”? Although reports and footage from Cairo inspired many posts devoted to this question, few bloggers were optimistic that a similar movement could take hold in Cuba today.

Japan: In Tokyo after the Earthquake

  11 March 2011

This post is part of our special coverage Japan Earthquake 2011. On Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:46:23 p.m. local time, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan, the largest in recorded history. It's been more than 5 hours since the earthquake hit, and many Tokyoites are still trying to get home...

Mozambique: Where streets have no name

  10 March 2011

A photo of where streets have no name in Mozambique: “There is a city where there are signposts everywhere. And each signpost is empty of language. The citizens decide on the names of the streets by consensus at 8am each morning. Poets run the naming sessions..”

Côte d'Ivoire: Fear of Medicine Shortage Looms

  10 March 2011

The political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire is ongoing, without any prospect of a solution in the short-term. Doctors in the country have warned of the prospect of imminent medical shortages, as a result of embargos that have been placed on ships docking in Ivorian ports. In this article, netizens and tweeps discuss the issue.

Libya: Group Occupies London Mansion Owned by Gaddafi's Son

After long-serving and corrupt rulers and their families leave office, new governments strive to regain state monies lost to dishonesty, cheating and fraud. Often to little success. But a group of squatters under the name 'Topple the Tyrants' now occupy a house in London owned by one of Muammar Al Gaddafi's sons. They want to ensure the money is returned to the Libyan people.

Japan: Plum blossoms

  9 March 2011

Photographer and blogger Buddihka Weerasinghe just published a set of pictures titled Ume (plum) blossoms. The photographs were taken in Katsuyama and capture the beginning of spring in Japan.

Brazil: Critical Mass Bicycle Event – Accident or Homicide?

  7 March 2011

In late February, the monthly event that brings together dozens of cyclists to ride through the streets of Porto Alegre, Brazil, aiming to encourage bicycle use - Critical Mass - ended in tragedy when a car driver hit 12 cyclists and left many injured. Bloggers ask: was it an accident or murder?

Bahrain: The One Dinar Protest

Protesters in Bahrain are gathering outside the Bahrain Financial Harbour (BFH), waving one Bahraini dinar (US$ 2.6) notes and chanting for the overthrow of the government. The protest comes days after a purchase agreement which shows that Bahrain's Prime Minister bought the land the BFH was built on for one dinar was shown at a rally held in Pearl (Lulu) Roundabout, the epicentre of anti-government protests since February 14, 2011.

South Africa's Continuous Struggle With Race

  7 March 2011

A change of government and the destruction of an entire political, cultural, social and economic system like that of Apartheid does not necessarily guarantee the destruction of its legacy. The last couple of months have seen South Africa go through an interesting dilemma and debate with regards to its race relations.

Egypt: Storming State Security

The Headquarters of the infamous State Security (Amn El-Dawla in Arabic) in several cities Egypt were attacked by thousands of Egyptian protesters after the notorious apparatus started burning and damaging evidence of human rights abuses it had committed over decades. Bloggers and netizens react to these developments in this post.

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