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25 March 2009

Stories from 25 March 2009

UAE: Tweeting the Rain from Dubai

It's raining in Dubai and Twitter is abuzz with reactions about the unusual torrents for this time of year.

Palestine: A Mother's Pain

In Gaza, Lebanese activist Natalie Abou Shakra tells the story of a mother who took part in a protest for the release of her son, a political prisoner in the...

Madagascar: Roots of the Turmoil

Stephen Ellis, co-author (with Solofo Randrianja) of Madagascar: A Short History, explains that Ravalomanana's removal can be attributed to two main factors: his use of presidential power to further business...

Cuba: Antúnez Surrounded

Uncommon Sense and Octavo Cerco share their thoughts on reports that the Cuban police “have surrounded the home of Cuban dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez (Antúnez), who for more than...

Guadeloupe: Happy 70th!

Repeating Islands Blog sends greetings to Guadeloupean novelist Myriam Warner-Vieyra on her 70th birthday.

Cuba: Detainees Freed

The previously detained Cuban photographer and musician have been released – Sunrise in Havana has the details.

Tunisia: Bloggers Divided on Qaradawi's Visit

Discussions continue in the Tunisian blogosphere following the visit of Egyptian Islamic scholar Yousif Qaradawi, who is based in Qatar, to the secular country two weeks ago. Lina Ben Mhenni...

Jamaica: Lessons from the By-Election

Abeng News Magazine asks of the results of the recent by-election in West Portland: “What does it tell us about where things currently stand in Jamaica, if this constituency can...

Guyana: Don't Get Fooled Again

Guyana-Gyal blogs about Allen Stanford, issuing this piece of advice she learned from a friend: “Beware of those with sugar-tongue and oily lips.”

Nigeria: Blogsville Initiatives

Blogsville Initiatives is a post about various initiatives started by Nigerian bloggers, which include Naija Bloggers Award and Blogsville Idol 2007.

Liberia: Liberian tailor wins US$10,000

Samuel T. Bowin is a Liberian tailor who lost everything except a pair of trousers and a shirt. How did he win US$10,000?

Libya: From Funerals to Weddings

From the death of a cousin after a lethal penicillin injection to discussing why Libyan men prefer marrying 'stupid' women over those who are educated, Fozia Mohamed sifts through posts...

Kenya: Turning shipping containers into offices

Afromusing writes about a project using shipping containers as pre-fab offices in rural Kenya.

Egypt: Google doodle by orphans

More than 160 Egyptian orphans took part in a Google doodle competition, held for the first time in Egypt and the Middle East. The winning design will be displayed on...

Liberia: Obama is not the first African-American president

In his post titled, Everything you ever wanted to know about Liberia (And more), David Sasaki points out that the first African-American president of any country was the Liberian president...

Zimbabwe: Bloggers not happy with the Coalition Government

Zimbabwean bloggers are unhappy with the way things are turning out within the coalition government between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. The reactions are a mixture of distrust of Mugabe...

Africa: Google AdSense Payment Scam

Bloggers and website owners in Africa are getting taste of a new scam. Naturally, it's probably not originally created to be a scam, but it's turned in to that for...

Africa: What is African drama?

“What is African drama?,” blogger Anne Manyara asks. “Is it any kind of drama, as long as the cast is African? A play written by an African? A play written...

Maldives: Petition And Democracy

The Maldives government is facing a growing number of petitions protesting various things. Abdullah Waheed asks some pertinent questions.

Sri Lanka: Divided Political Opinions

Somapala Gunadheera at Groundviews analyzes the grid of Sri Lanka political opinion, which shows how deeply divided the opinions are.

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