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· February, 2011

Stories about Weblog from February, 2011

28 February 2011

Iran: A Blogger Who Prayed to See Protesters Beaten

After widespread protests in Iran on February 14, Iranian cyber-activists flooded the internet with videos, photos and tweets from the demonstrations. Meanwhile, a different interpretation of events exists on the...

Peru: Ex-Minister Asked US Embassy to Help Contain Opponent's Presidential Campaign

On February 19th, Spanish newspaper El Pais released a cable stating that "Fernando Rospigliosi, former Minister of the Interior in the government of Alejandro Toledo, asked the assistance of the...

Macedonia: Musings on the Early Elections

The Macedonian public is furiously discussing the justification and timing of the upcoming early elections.

Bahrain: Protests Block National Assembly Building

Anti government protesters on Monday morning blocked the National Council building where both Parliament and the Shura (Consultative) Councils hold their weekly sessions. The reason for the protest in front...

Australia: ‘Tea Party’ Style Campaign Against Carbon Tax

If the Oz blogosphere is any indication, the next Australian Federal election will be a referendum on a proposed climate tax. And the issue has already become nasty and personal....

Oman: Protests Continue in Sohar

The waves of Arab revolt have reached the shores of Oman as hundreds of Omanis take to the streets in calls for reform and the end of corruption in different...

Ukraine: Choosing to Leave

With Ukraine hit hard by the economic crisis and most citizens disappointed with the overall economic and political situation, more and more discussions about emigration alternatives have been appearing online....

Zambia: Minister Uses Facebook to Announce Government Policies

Zambia’s education minister Dora Siliya who is also ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) spokesperson, has in the last few months used Facebook to make important government policy announcements as...

Libya: “The only thing we want is our freedom” (Audio)

Sunday, February 27 brought another day of bloodshed in Libya, as an uprising against Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi's 40-year rule continued into the 11th day. Phone calls with Libyans that...

World: And the Best Actor Award Goes to Gaddafi!

Colin Firth may have won the Oscar for Best Actor, but it was Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi who got the most mentions. Depending on where you are, tweeps...

27 February 2011

Mexico: Kidnapping Case Affects Diplomatic Relations with France

Relations between Mexico and France have been strained due to the kidnapping conviction of French national Florence Cassez in Mexico City. Cassez was arrested in 2006, accused of kidnapping charges...

Philippines: Village Ordinance Requires Prescriptions for Condoms

Ayala Alabang briefly became a global twitter trending topic this week. It is one of the richest villages in the Philippines which recently made headline news for passing an ordinance...

Cambodia: Who Ordered the Blocking of Opposition Websites?

Since January, certain anti-government websites have been inaccessible in Cambodia. Service providers blame it on technical issues while the government claims it does not promote censorship. But media groups leaked...

Libya: Fear and Chaos at Tripoli Airport

Fear, chaos, hysteria and despair - all these words have been used to describe Libyan capital Tripoli's airport over the past few days. Since uprisings began against the country's leader...

Tunisia: Prime Minister Resigns Following a Bloody Saturday

Interim government Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannoushi has stepped down following a bloody Saturday in the capital Tunis. The clashes that started on Friday night in Habib Bourguiba Avenue, between security...

26 February 2011

Oman: The People Want an End to Corruption

"The people want an end to corruption" chanted thousands of Omanis, who have been protesting since Friday in Salalah and Sohar, as well as other parts of Oman. Ministerial changes...

Bangladesh: Clinical Trial Of A Cholera Vaccine Raises Questions

The world's largest trial of a cheap oral cholera vaccine made by an Indian pharmaceutical company is being conducted in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Bloggers notice the information blackout...

Latin America: On teleSUR's Coverage of Libya Uprising

Latin American news channel teleSUR managed earlier this week to send several journalists into Tripoli to cover the ongoing uprising in Libya. Nonetheless, its coverage, which seems quite different to...

China: Jasmine Revolution, Week Two

Following dozens of arrests since an anonymous blog post called for revolutionary gatherings in cities across China last Sunday, a second round of gatherings is scheduled for today. Has the...

Armenia: Social Networks for Social Revolution?

With uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world, the extra-parliamentary opposition in Armenia is now seeking to replicate events in the former Soviet republic, and not least...

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