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3 March 2010

Stories from 3 March 2010

Uganda: Hundreds feared dead in landslide

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...

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...

Palestine: Outrage At Israeli Announcement About Ibrahimi Mosque

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently announced his government’s intention to designate Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem and the Ibrahimi Mosque/Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, both in the occupied West...

Maldives: Selling Arts Online

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...

Sri Lanka: Rebuilding The Country

Devanesan Nesiah at Groundviews asks: “can we in Sri Lanka not find ways to bridge our much more modest but yet widening ethnic divides?”

Famous Pakistani Diaspora Celebrities

Sabeen Ahmad at Divanee lists 10 Pakistani diaspora celebrities who are becoming far more visible in American and European media.

India: Influence On The World History

“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.”...

Colombia: Transportation Strike from Pedestrian Eyes

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...

Bangladesh: Salty Tears

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

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...

Malawi: 15 annoying things in Malawi

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...

Russia: “Merry Gnome” Medvedev. Story of the Meme

The Russian blogosphere can create a significant political effect threatening the image of Russian government officials. It doesn't even require an actual news story with a critical approach to the...

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

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...

Russia: Political Portal Launches Government Blog Ranking

Polit.ru, independent portal on Russian politics, launched a government blog ranking “goslyudi.ru” [RUS] (govpeople) so people can have better access to the blogs of politicians and monitor the issues discussed...

Guyana: Death of a Language

Repeating Islands notes that “Berbice Dutch, a Dutch Creole spoken in part of Guyana, has been declared officially extinct.”

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...

Dominica: Pick Up A Book

“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

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...

Barbados: Zimbabwe Beats Windies

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...

Trinidad & Tobago: Water Police

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...

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