· September, 2011

Stories about Weblog from September, 2011

Zambia: Starting Life Under a New Leader

  26 September 2011

Zambians have started life under newly elected president Michael Sata who was inaugurated on September 23, 2011, three days after the elections which ended 20 years of rule by the MMD government. Netizens on various social network platforms have expressed different views on the inauguration and the new presidency.

Protecting African Forests: Wangari Maathai's Legacy

  26 September 2011

Wangari Maathai, a prominent Kenyan environmental and political activist and 2004 Nobel prize winner passed away on September 25. She was the first African woman to be awarded the prize and is recognized worldwide in the fight to protect the environment on the African continent.

Indonesia: Suicide Bomb Blast at Protestant Church

  26 September 2011

A Protestant church in Solo, Central Java in Indonesia was hit by a suicide bomb blast on Sunday. Twitter users in Solo and elsewhere are extending their condolences and expressing their disappointment over this tragic event.

Philippines: Anti-Planking Bill Draws More Planks

  26 September 2011

A proposal in the Philippines to ban planking has drawn much criticism online and offline. Planking has been used by student activists as a creative form of protest, especially in last week's nationwide campus strikes against education budget cuts.

Bahrain: Protests on Election Eve

  25 September 2011

Protesters in Bahrain tried returning to Pearl Square, the centre of massive protests against the regime in February, on the eve of election night. Over two days, the unarmed protesters were pushed back to villages, where security forces continued to battle them until the early hours of this morning.

Colombia: Outrage at President of Congress Over Oil Subsidy

  25 September 2011

Last week, Juan Manuel Corzo, Senator and president of Colombia's Congress, caused outrage on social networks when he tried to justify a fuel subsidy for congresspeople. The issue became "personal" when Senator Corzo declared that Twitter users criticizing him were being "rude," adding: "I'd rather not steal from the State and that [others] pay for my gasoline."

China: If This is Neocolonialism, Bring It

  24 September 2011

The new US ambassador to China Gary Locke's public appearances since his appointment in July have shown him to be a man with class that Chinese government officials just can't compete with. Or so most Chinese netizens say. It's actually just an elaborate scheme aimed at making China lose face.

Yemen: Bloodbath in Sanaa as Saleh Returns

  24 September 2011

More than a 100 Yemenis have been killed and 700 injured as the government continues its war against protesters calling for a regime change. Yesterday saw the return of president Ali Abdulla Saleh, who spent three months recuperating in a Saudi hospital, following a failed assassination attempt.

Tunisia: Whistleblower Samir Feriani Set Free

  24 September 2011

A military court in Tunis temporarily released whistle blower Samir Feriani, who spent 117 days in detention after publishing articles criticising the Tunisian Interior Ministry, on September 22. On September 29, his trial will resume and a verdict will be issued on his case. Netizens react to the news.

Update on Global Voices Mentorship: Meet the Activists

  24 September 2011

For over a month, ten Global Voices bloggers have been working with activists from ten different countries as mentors of members of the new Blogger Swarm initiative of Activista, the youth network of international development organization ActionAid.

Video: Water Bottle Lights and Other Eco-Friendly Inventions

  24 September 2011

Solar lights and hot water heaters from plastic water bottles, houses made from trash and a way to do without plastic bags are some of the projects making reducing, reusing and recycling not only fun and affordable but also vital in improving the quality of life of people all around the world.

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