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10 February 2009

Stories from 10 February 2009

Egypt: More activists and bloggers arrested

Two more Egyptian bloggers and activists have been detained by authorities, sparking calls and campaigns by bloggers and human rights activists for their release, in the latest series of arrests...

Jordan: Clothes, Logos and Traffic Violators

In this round up of Jordnian blogs, Mohammad Azraq quotes bloggers discussing wearing colourful clothes, Amman's new logo and traffic violators.

Haiti: Fanmi Lavalas and the next elections

Last weekend, the Haitian blogosphere was buzzing about the exclusion of political parties from the April 2009 Senatorial elections by the Conseil Electoral Provisoire or Temporary Electoral Council - and...

Uganda: Behind The Mirror

Sokari writes about the documentary Behind the Mirror, which investigates and advocates for responses to the many challenges faced by the LGBTI community in Uganda.

Eritrea: Ministry of Information: Explain Please!

Why does the Eritrean blogger, Sam B, demands an explanation from the Eritrean Ministry of Information? Follow his post at African Path.

Cote d'Ivoire: The Little Sack Dress

Emeka posts a video of Ms Camara from Ivory Coast discussing her dress making business.

Nigeria: Nigerians abroad have the right to vote

Akin discusses the ruling by a Nigerian court that Nigerian abroad be allowed to vote in Nigerian elections without the need to return home.

Nigeria: Why is Nigeria's Connectivity Scorecard very low?

Loy analyses the Connectivity Scorecard 2009, which shows that Nigeria has the lowest ICT penetration, usage, potential and accessiblity out of 50 countries of the world.

Trinidad & Tobago: Dead Dead Wine

“It has never before struck me how much wining was a thing of beauty until I am confronted with its recently acquired ugliness”: Attillah Springer is afraid that “the death...

Trinidad & Tobago: Love of Pan

“Today Carnival belongs to all Trinidadians – each year it expands and breathes a healing breath into the nation's pysche”: My Chutney Garden attends Panorama and offers a glimpse into...

Cuba: Human Rights

Diaspora blogger Child of the Revolution calls “shameless” the Cuban justice minister's suggestion that all is well when it comes to human rights, while Uncommon Sense links to the trailer...

Trinidad & Tobago: Be Advised

As five developed countries issue travel advisories for Trinidad and Tobago, This Beach Called Life says: “Government’s Vision is clear and that is what is so frightening.”

Bermuda: Show Me the Numbers

The 2008 Bermuda Tourism numbers are out – Vexed Bermoothes and FreshieBlog both have something to say about them.

Bahrain: A ban on pork?

Bahraini blogger Ammaro cannot believe some MPs have called for banning pork: “Banning something doesn't make people more religious…Oh, and this may shock you MPs, but the people who usually...

Battisti: The Italo-Brazilian Imbroglio over Shadows of the Past

Brazil vs. Italy friendly football match in London today was under threat amid the diplomatic row over Cesare Battisti's extradition process. Brazilian blogs delve deeper into the controversy.

Ecuador: Correa Stops in Loja

President of Ecuador Rafael Correa made a stop in the region of Loja as part of the traveling cabinet meeting. Voces Lojanas [es] wrote about the visit.

Colombia: The Latest Hostage Release and Opportunism

With the latest hostage release by the FARC in Colombia, Marsares of equinoXio writes that “opportunism also was present” and that each hostage “sought to be the centre of the...

Italy: In Defense of the “Right to die”

A legal battle over a young woman's 'right to die' after 17 years in a coma has spurred both vast online commentary and activism in Italy. Mostly in defense of...

Azerbaijan: Plouffe visit not on Obama's Behalf

Following the recent fallout from this week's visit to Azerbaijan by Obama campaign manager David Plouffe as well as news that his $50,000 speaker's fee will be donated to civil...

Armenia-Azerbaijan: LGBT roundup

With the traditional media in the South Caucasus rarely reporting on sexual or religious minority rights maturely, blogs have stepped in to fill the gap and Unzipped: Gay Armenia continues...

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