16 May 2009

Stories from 16 May 2009

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Political Eurovision

As voting for the Eurovision Song Contest gets underway in Moscow, bartlemot tweets that the telephone number to vote for the Armenian entry in Azerbaijan was censored. In a second tweet, the same user says that instead of displaying a telephone number in the lower section of the screen it...

Macedonia: French Military Cemetery in Skopje

Volan presents a photo and video story about the French Military Cemetery in Skopje that houses the remains of 2,930 soldiers from France and its colonies, including Morocco and Senegal, who have fallen during World War I on the Macedonian Front, aka Salonika front (1915-1918). The site presents a historical...

India Votes for No Change: Indian Bloggers & Twitter Users React to #IndiaVotes09 Results

The results for the month long Indian Lok Sabha elections are out and India has voted back the incumbent Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) into power with a decisive verdict, surprising many observers. The Congress supporters are jubilant, and the BJP die-hards are understandably glum, but most neutral Indian bloggers and Twitter users are happy with the verdict, for more reason than one.

India: A Surprise Result

  16 May 2009

AnIndianMuslim.com writes about the Lok Sabha election results 2009 published today: ” ‘The Congress’ victory and its revival has surprised even the most optimistic party workers who till recently appeared unsure that they would be able to reach close to 190 seats. [..] Nobody had anticipated that the UPA would...

India Elections 2009: Tapping Into The Twitter

  16 May 2009

As the results of the Indian Parliamentary Elections 2009 came trickling in since today morning, Indians from all around the world were glued on to their TV or pc screens to see the updates. The Twitter tag “#indiavotes09″ became the number one topic on the trends list of Twitter search as more an more Indians voiced their opinions and disseminated information about the election results via Twitter.

India Elections 09: India votes decisively, decides to strengthen the hand of stability

  16 May 2009

Election results are pouring in from all across the country and it is now clear that India has voted decisively for a stable government at the center, under the leadership of the Congress-led UPA. Dr. Manmohan Singh is going to be the Prime Minister for a second consecutive term. Even before all the results are in, just going by the trends, the BJP-led NDA alliance has publicly conceded defeat.

Ghana: Sponsor Maker Faire Africa

  16 May 2009

You can sponsor Maker Faire Africa, “We’ve been asked by a number of people if they could sponsor Maker Faire Africa as individuals. Amounts that range from $25 to $100. This is a good idea, and in line with the type of event that this is.”

Bloggers raise funds for Brunei Special Olympics Team

  16 May 2009

In providing support to the Brunei Special Olympics team, local bloggers are creating awareness on the team’s forthcoming participation in the World Special Olympics in Athens in 2011. Major fundraising activities were held last May 3: a walkathon and bazaar.

Blogger of the week: Mong Palatino

  16 May 2009

Meet Mong Palatino. To Global Voices readers, he is the Regional Editor for Southeast Asia and Oceania. In his native Philippines, however, he is known by his full name, Raymond Palatino, President of the Kabataan (Youth) Party and a new member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines. This...