Stories about Video from January, 2011
Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi burnt himself to death in protest against unemployment, sparking an uprising which brought down the rule of Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali's 23-year-old regime in less than one month. Since then, up to 10 cases of self-immolation were reported in Mauritania, Algeria and Egypt, where people are protesting against unemployment, the rising cost of living and corruption, among other grievances.
YouTube-user Volf1959 posted a video [RUS] of a small river Dzyhra next to Sochi that is now covered with toxic layer because of the development of one of the infrastructure for the Sochi 2014 Olympics .
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.
Women Aloud Videoblogging for Empowerment (WAVE) is a platform and program aiming to get women from semi-urban areas of India to voice their opinions on topics that matter to them through online video tools.
Michael from El blog de Mike [es] titles his post “National music, Who says that there is no talent here?” and then shares with his readers a wide sample of YouTube videos showing what he considers the best of Costa Rican music.
Fahem Med Ali has created a short animation to honour the martyrs of freedom in Tunisia.
Creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurship are vibrant in Cameroon as we see in the following videos showing blacksmiths at work, bamboo cellphone and laptop cases and home made egg incubators.
It has finally dawned. After decade of state amitié (friendship) with the Ben Ali regime, and total indifference from French politicians and mainstream media, French bloggers and twitterers are now aware that France has been living in a prolonged state of denial - thanks to history in the making in one of France ex-colonies, Tunisia, and a week of historical diplomatic blunders and shameful silence in France.
Afghan protesters demonstrated on Thursday outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan against the ill treatment of Afghan immigrants and refugees in Iran, and also against Iran's ongoing fuel blockade against Afghanistan.
Video-sharing portal YouTube has been blocked in Tunisia since 2007 - but that is not stopping Tunisians from sharing the horrors they are facing on the streets with the rest of the world. As the Tunisian uprising gets into its fourth week, more and more videos are being posted and circulated by cyberactivists who want to world to witness what is happening to them at the hands of the authorities.
“All of a sudden the problem of skin bleaching is in the spotlight and we have top DJ Vybz Kartel to thank for it”: Active Voice explains.
After Tunisia, now Algeria has seen a week of riots and violent encounters between youths and the forces of order. The unrest is motivated by sharp increases in prices since January 1 on basic goods.
Often portayed as living in a country on the brink of civil war, Ivorian citizens are trying hard to disprove this fatalistic narrative in the traditional media by calling for peace. Bloggers are also debating the role of the international community and the possibility raised by Gbagbo of a new, independent currency following Chavez's model in Venezuela.
More than 800 concerts, 1,300 artists performing for free today, 120,000 volunteers, an endless amount of charity activities across the whole of Poland and so far almost $12.3 million: these are the results of the grand finale of the 19th Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity. As we slowly approach the end of the day, we are also looking at online reactions to the event.
Tunisian netizens are working around the clock to show the rest of the world the ongoing carnage in their country. What started as a protest against unemployment when a 26-year-old Tunisian man set himself on fire in Sidi Bouzid last month has ignited the country, sparking a wave of protests across it. Following are some reactions from earlier today.
A video is currently creating a stir among the Ivorian online community. It shows militaries beating up prisoners - presented as Alassane Ouattara's partisans - in the Abidjan MACA prison. Since the beginning of the political crisis in Ivory Coast, dozens of people have been arrested in Ivory Coast for their political opinion and jailed at the infamous MACA prison.
After the excessive use of force by policemen to break up a demonstration in Tbilisi, Georgia, many Facebook users used the site to identify those responsible.
During the heavy rainy season in Colombia, an initiative to have a "twitterathon" emerged through ideas published by Colombian Twitter users in order to collect donations for flood victims. Author Catalina Restrepo gives us the details.
Liliane captures some memorable moments of the Lebanese 2010 tweetups in this YouTube clip.
Jing Gao from Ministry of Tofu translates the lyrics of a music video on application to join the Chinese Communist Party as well as some netizens comment on the video.
Several Colombian videobloggers took on the challenge of making one video per day during 2010. While not all finished, it is important to recognize the effort made by those who joined this global idea.