Stories from 15 January 2010
Haiti: Blogging daily updates on human and logistical situation
As of January 14th, the blogger at Haiti Solutions updates the logistical situation of the ” Frères de l'Instruction Chrétienne en Haïti” [Fr] while Réseau Citadelle [Fr] publishes Alain Paret's list of survivors and casualties in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas.
Haiti: Getting the Word Out
Those of us outside of Haiti can only imagine the stark reality of daily life in the earthquake's aftermath - but amidst attempts to find loved ones, efforts to administer to the wounded and the overwhelming task of getting relief to those who most need it - bloggers in and around Port-au-Prince are finding the time to communicate with the outside world, which is desperate for news from those closest to the disaster.
Haiti: History of Earthquakes
Repeating Islands gives a history of earthquakes in Haiti.
Mauritania: Hanevy Ould Dahah Remains Imprisoned
In June of 2009, Global Voices Advocacy was the first to report that Mauritanian editor Hanevy Ould Dahah, who runs leftist site Taqadoumy, had been arrested over a comment left on the site. Ould Dahah, sentenced to 6 months in prison, should have been released on December 24, however, on December 26 it was reported by blogger Nasser Weddady on Dekhnstan, that Ould Dahah was still being held.
Barbados, DR, Haiti: Good vs. Evil
Regional bloggers lash back at American televangelist Pat Robertson, whose comments about the Haiti disaster left a bad taste in their mouths.
Barbados, Haiti: Helping our Neighbours
“Remember how Barbados struggled when one house collapsed into a cave? We couldn’t rescue five people with everything we had on the island and a special team in from the United States. Now think about Haiti”: Barbados Free Press challenges the Caribbean community “to take 10% of Haiti’s population from...
Colombia: President Álvaro Uribe's Bid for Third Term
While Colombian President Álvaro Uribe has expressed an interest in running for a third consecutive term, changes in the Constitution are needed to allow this. A recent recommendation by the Inspector General gave his re-election bid a big boost.
Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti: Making a List
Trying to make sense of the disaster in Haiti? Lists from Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Free Radio suggest a place to start.
Jamaica, Haiti: Help to Haiti
Jamaica's Yardflex.com reports that dancehall artist Beenie Man has pledged to help Haitian earthquake victims, while Montego Bay Day By Day urges compatriots to “give until it hurts and then give some more.”
Egypt: Stuff Younger Generations Won't Know
JessyZ – Chocolate Mints in a Jar – created a list of the things younger generations won't know.
Haiti: Bastion of Music Education Destroyed
Africlassical is sad to learn that the earthquake in Haiti destroyed the country's École Sainte Trinité, where Julio Racine taught music.
Trinidad & Tobago: Remember the Tax?
“With Trinbagonians distracted with the upcoming Carnival, Beyonce and now Haiti, the new Property Tax seems all but forgotten”: KnowTnT.com posts a reminder.
Nigeria: Nigerian bloggers take on would-be bomber Umar Abdulmutallab
On December 25th, the world was taken by surprise when news broke that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian citizen, had nearly succeeded in detonating explosives on a Northwest Airlines flight between Amsterdam and Detroit. At first, many Nigerians reacted with shock and disbelief, some even doubting whether Abdulmutallab was truly a Nigerian.
Bangladesh, India: Positive Outcomes Of Sheikh Hasina's Visit
Sushanta Das Gupta and Kh. A. Saleque at E-Bangladesh summarizes the positive outcomes of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recently concluded trip to India.
Haiti: Renowned Haitians announced dead
Though communicating inside and outside Haiti has been a huge challenge and most people have not been able to have reliable -if any - information concerning their relatives and friends, news has come, interestingly enough, from bloggers outside of Haiti, about famous people missing or already declared dead.
Egypt: Bloggers arrested over Naga Hammady Visit
Egypt today arrested 20 bloggers who were visiting Naga Hammady in Upper Egypt to pass their respects to those killed in a sectarian outburst on January 7. Seven people were shot dead and several injured when an assailant gunned down Christian Copts leaving a church after the Christmas mass. The bloggers visit was to show a united front against sectarianism.
Haiti: Rescuing Survivors, Searching for the Missing
Here are just a few of the online networks and databases which have mobilized in the last few days to help relatives abroad locate family and direct urgently needed help to survivors of the earthquake in Haiti, many of whom are still trapped beneath the wreckage of their own homes.
Haiti: Finding Trapped Survivors Using Twitter
Twitter users are using the tag #rescuemehaiti to direct help to specific locations in Port-au-Prince and around Haiti where there are known survivors who are trapped or in need of urgent care.
Uzbekistan: War of the monuments
14th January is celebrated as the Day of Defender of the Motherland in Uzbekistan. On the eve of this day, a grand opening ceremony of the monument “Oath to the Homeland” took place in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The monument depicting an oath-taking soldier and a benedictory woman behind...
Haiti: Oxfam streams Survivor testimonies and takes questions
Through video streaming service Ustream, @PierreCote organized a live video show where at 10:30 pm, survivor Philippe Barthole who worked at Multilink Haiti dialed in through Skype to speak in French and Creole about the earthquake aftermath at Port Au Prince. He described it as apocalyptic and highlighted the dire...
Russian Bloggers React to Haiti Earthquake
Reaction of Russian bloggers to the devastating earthquake in Haiti is diverse and sometimes unexpected. The cataclysm provided an opportunity for sorrow, support, contemplation and self-observance.