3 March 2010

Stories from 3 March 2010

Uganda: Hundreds feared dead in landslide

  3 March 2010

A mudslide in eastern Uganda Monday evening left at least 80 people dead and over 300 missing. The mudslide, triggered by a day of heavy rain, has buried three villages in Bududa district and displaced more than 2000 people from their homes.

Azerbaijan: Dusty City

ANTV, an online citizen media site co-founded by imprisoned video blogging youth activist Emin Milli and recently awarded for its contribution to freedom of the press in the region, posts a video report on the chaotic urban development in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

Maldives: Selling Arts Online

  3 March 2010

Hilath is starting a service in which Maldivian artists’ works will be displayed in his blog (in thumbnail pictures) and the bids will be updated regularly. When the artist is satisfied with a price – the artwork will go to the highest bidder.

India: Influence On The World History

  3 March 2010

“The world often views India as a country with huge poverty.” But was it always like this? “From 1st Century AD till 1250 AD, India had the world’s largest GDP.” Sumanth at Desicritics gives a run down on India's influence on the world history and economy.

Colombia: Transportation Strike from Pedestrian Eyes

  3 March 2010

Citizen videos record the situation lived these past three days of city-wide transportation strike that has Bogota paralyzed. Citizens have resorted to walking, riding bicycles, hitchhiking and climbing into the backs of pickup trucks that will take them closer to their places of work.

Bangladesh: Salty Tears

  3 March 2010

Photo blogger and journalist Monirul Alam highlights the threat of salinity and lack of drinking water in the Southwest coastal region of Bangladesh with his photo-essay.

Uganda: Anti-Lord's Resistance Army in Oklahoma

  3 March 2010

What has Oklahoma Senator got to do with Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army?: It has now been more than 100 hours since a team of young U.S. activists, inspired to help stop the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa, descended on the Oklahoma City office of Senator Tom Coburn (R)...

Malawi: 15 annoying things in Malawi

  3 March 2010

Victor's list of 15 annoying things in Malawi: “The frequent power failures by the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM). One ends up buying countless bundles of candles or if you can afford purchase and run a generator!”

D.R. of Congo: Gifts for a new minister

  3 March 2010

What do new ministers receive from friends and relations in the D.R of Congo?: “Instead of sending cards, the new minister’s better off friends and relatives have brought gifts. Some bring whisky or champagne, others bring live chickens and goats (five, to date).”

Georgia: Social Innovation Camp in the Caucasus

A web site for the first ever Social Innovation Camp in the South Caucasus has been set up at http://sic-caucasus.net. The event, aimed at promoting the use of social media to implement actual projects for civil society and activists in the region, will be held as part of the Social...

Dominica: Pick Up A Book

  3 March 2010

“The book is not only the door to other wonderful world[s], but it is the best teacher, university and source of wisdom”: Dominica Weekly extolls the benefits of reading.

Japan: No More JANJAN

  3 March 2010

The website JANJAN, one of the pioneers of citizen journalism in Japan, has announced that they will go on hiatus for an undetermined period of time [ja] due to the changing landscape of citizen journalism and falling advertisement revenue. JANJAN, which stands for “Japan Alternative News for Justices and New...

Barbados: Zimbabwe Beats Windies

  3 March 2010

The West Indies cricket team loses a 20/20 match to Zimbabwe, prompting Barbados-based B.C. Pires to comment: “It seems like West Indies cricket has an infinite capacity to prove that you should never say, ‘It couldn't possibly get worse'”.

Trinidad & Tobago: Water Police

  3 March 2010

As Trinidad and Tobago's water authority announces that it “will be calling the police to arrest citizens” suspected of wasting water, This Beach Called Life says: “What WASA did not say was if the police was also going to arrest the WASA officials who refused to fix leaks over the...

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