Stories from 10 April 2008
Egypt: The Story of Sounilla
Little did American student Sounilla know what he was walking into when he saw two students from his university standing in the middle of a Cairo Square and decided to walk towards them, pointing his camera in their direction. Out of nowhere, the security forces pounces on them, snatching them from the square, into a car and the threat of possible jail.
Kuwait: Not in the name of art
Rampurple, who lives in Kuwait, is disgusted by what some people may refer to as art.
Jordan: Home for the CIA Detainees
Naseem Tarawnah, from Jordan, uncovers the story behind those detained by the Jordanian Intelligence, on behalf of the CIA, after the September 11 attacks.
Tunisia: Dust is in the Air
“After a week of cold weather that brought us wind and occasional rain showers, a couple of really hot sunny days followed, and today, we woke up to watch the streets, cars, and buildings covered with one fat layer of sand,” writes Eman, from Tunisia.
Dubai: The other side of the coin
Behind the glamour and glitz of Dubai lays a sad reality. Seabee shows us the other side of the coin in pictures.
Colombia: 60th Anniversary of the Murder of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán
Many Colombians believe that if charismatic Colombian Liberal Party leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán had not been shot and killed on April 9, 1948, he would have become President of Colombia in 1950, and maybe the fate of this troubled South American country would have been quite different. Colombian bloggers remember the man and observe some of the commemorative events in the capital, Bogotá.
Americas: Conference at MIT
Luciano Tourn from Un Argentino en MIT [es] provides his thoughts on the Latin American Conference held at his school, and he was also the president of the organizing committee.
Palestine: Deir Yassin, Commemorated 60 Times Over
April 9 marked the massacre of Deir Yassin, where an estimated 100 Palestinians were killed in the early morning hours, by commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and the Stern Gang. Bloggers commemorate the tragedy 60 years later.
Syria: The Colored Tile Complex
“So I used to step on the colored tiles… and count. Yes! I would count how many of each colored tile did I step on using each leg. The main issue here is that I have to, eventually, step on an equal amount of the colored tiles using both my...
China: A True Nightmare on April Fool's Day
In spite of the occupants' outcry, about 1000 security guards and 20 policemen escorting two diggers intruded into a commodity housing district in Chongqing, the largest of China's four provincial-level municipalities, to forcibly carried out the developer's reconstruction plan which was officially supported by the local government, causing a serious bloodshed conflict.
Syria: Egypt Strike Update
From Syria, Razan Al Ghazzawi links to popular Egyptian blogs and other online tools, discussing the current worker's riots, strike and unrest in the country.
Global Voices in Spanish and Canal Solidario
Readers of Global Voices in Spanish and Canal Solidario will have recently noticed a small widget showing on both webpages. The one on Global Voices in Spanish displays the latest articles from Canal Solidario. The gadget that appears in Canal Solidario feeds readers all new posts on Global Voices in...
Philippines: Coping with night shift work
Filipino blogger MMMiii! shares tips on coping and staying healthy during night shift work.
Cameroon: Draft Bill to amend the constitution
Dibussi Tande posts the text of the draft bill to amend the constitution of Cameroon: “Bill No. 819/PJL/AN To Amend and supplement some provisions of Law No. 96/6 of 18 January 1996 to amend the Constitution of 2 June 1972″
Singapore: Electronic road pricing
Singapore blogger Simply Jeans wonders why the Singapore government embraces the Electronic Road Pricing scheme while New York City decides to trash it.
Kenya/Tanzania: Tanzanians prevented from buying Safaricom shares
Bankelele writes about “regional IPO tales”: “…while Uganda and Rwanda have joined thousands of Kenyans embracing the investment vehicle that is the Safaricom IPO, it appears the Bank of Tanzania is preventing Tanzanians from buying shares in Safaricom through the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.”
Myanmar: Twitter Suu project
The Twitter Suu participatory media project aims to send millions of messages to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi “to let her know she has worldwide support.”
Malawi: Upcoming Telecentres
Students need to be involved in telecentre development and management in Malawi: “This issue of telecentres in Malawi is very much on my heart. As a tech enthusiast, I would like to witness the ubiquitous establishment of telecentres across the country. People must have access to information. I have realized...
Africa: Idols Africa
Siasa Duni reviews Idols Africa: “If Idols Africa won’t bring us the “next big thing” it promises, then it has succeeded beyond doubt in riskily exposing us to Africa’s deadly talent, in addition to the biggest bunch of weirdos in African television history since Ofunneka drunkenly shagged Richard’s leg on...
Zimbabwe: Post-election violence
Post-election violent attacks in Zimbabwe: “The two men in these images are both MDC office bearers in the Mashonaland East Province of Zimbabwe. They were beaten on Tuesday night by Zanu PF militia based in the area. Last night, three houses were burned down in the same area.”
Nigeria: Leila Fowler: a fashion destination
Bella Naija writes about Funke Fowler project, Leila Fowler: “I get questions all the time about why I started this blog and what I tell people is that I wanted to highlight and celebrate young Nigerian women who are doing fabulous things and in turn encourage others to pursue their...