10 January 2010

Stories from 10 January 2010

India: A Critically Ill Marxist Leader Trends On Twitter

  10 January 2010

In India, social media was put under spotlight recently when tipped off by some online news sites a section of netizens fueled a rumor that critically ill Marxist leader and former Chief Minister of West Bengal Mr. Jyoti Basu was dead. This fiasco puts the pressure on social media users to be more responsible.

Azerbaijan: Year of the child?

  10 January 2010

Emotions on Air, Mind Mute visits an orphanage in Azerbaijan and compares the officially stated aim of making 2009 the Year of Children with the reality faced by those seemingly forgotten and destined to remain in residential care.

Iran: Chinese cyberactivists support Iranians

  10 January 2010

Since the recent mass demonstration in Iran against the Islamic Regime, dozens of Chinese “netizens” have joined the #iranelection Twitter community, even going so far as to create their own web site.

Egypt: Galloway is a persona non grata

  10 January 2010

Zeinobia writes about the new official news that British MP George Galloway has been declared persona non grata in Egypt – on the background of the Free Gaza March last week. He has been deported from the country and blacklisted in the official and some of the unofficial media too.

Morocco: Ladies Honored

  10 January 2010

Moroccan bloggers joined the Kolena Laila (We Are All Laila) campaign, an independent online initiative inviting bloggers across the Arab region to express themselves freely and raise awareness on the concerns of women in their respective societies for the first time. Hisham brings us the story in this post.

China: New Ticketing System For Train Riders

  10 January 2010

As “Chunyun”—the travel season before, during, and after the Chinese New Year—approaches, two of China’s largest rail lines are adopting a “real-name” ticketing system. Information Times reported Friday that passengers traveling on trains serviced by Guangzhou Railway Group or Chengdu Railway Bureau will be required to produce a valid identification card upon...

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