Stories from 12 March 2010
Thailand: Calm before the storm?
The March 12 anti-government rally in Thailand ended peacefully with the Red Shirts vowing to return to the streets this weekend as they continue to push for the dissolution of Parliament and the holding of new elections. Twitterers and bloggers post their reactions
Saudi Arabia: The media on blogging
Fox News published a story entitled Saudi Bloggers Shatter the Kingdom's Silence and Censorship. The SUSRIS Blog discusses what went wrong.
Qatar: FIFA World Cup bid makes friends on Facebook
More than 57,000 fans have so far joined a Facebook group in support of Qatar's bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup (football).
Sri Lanka: The Crisis In Secondary Education
“The school teachers expect students to attend their own tuition classes to complete the syllabuses that the school for some reason does not cover,” informs Serendipity while discussing about the crisis in secondary education in Sri Lanka.
Maldives: Migrant Workers And Human Rights
Hassan Ziyau discusses about the plights of the migrants workers in Maldives and criticizes the government for not doing enough to protect their rights.
Ghana: Free visa for FIFA World Cup not so free
Emmanuel notes that free visa to South Africa for the World Cup are not really free: “Despite rather good relations between South Africa and Ghana, it is never going to be so good that they decide to waive visas for us. There are, ofcourse, conditions, and here are the five-fold...
Nigeria: Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop in Lagos
Loomnie announces a creative writing workshop organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from May 20 to May 29 2010.
India: Educating Children About Pesicides
Ecological Tales for Environment Education -India blog publishes an informative post which educates children about pesticides.
Nigeria: Retired Generals bury political differences
Chidi Opara reports that retired General Olusegun Obasanjo, Theophilus Danjuma and Ibrahim Babangida in Nigeria have buried their political differences.
Uganda: Event to discuss LGBTI rights
Manchester Queer Reading Group has organised an event called “A Matter of Life and Death: LGBTI Rights in Uganda.”
Kenya: Nairobi becomes East Africa's tech heartbeat
Kenya, and specifically Nairobi, has in recent months become the technology heartbeat of Africa with conferences, launches, meet ups, summits and unconferences all running in quick succession.
India: The IPL Extravaganza
The 3rd season of the Twenty20 cricket extravaganza, The Indian Premier League (IPL), begins today in India. Indians are riding the wave of the IPL craze and netizens are also on a high. IPL became a trending topic in Twitter today.
Greece: General strike rallies met with violence
General strike rallies in Athens and Thessaloniki against a second wave of austerity measures dictated by eurozone finance ministers were met with preemptive and simultaneous police attacks, according to citizen media reports.
Global Voices Authors Speak Out Against Censorship
Today marks the World Day Against Cyber Censorship, an initiative promoted by global NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in support of a single Internet that is unrestricted and accessible to all. The day will hopefully inspire Internet users to increase their own awareness of online censorship, which is something that many Global Voices authors know all too well. In this post, GV Authors speak out.
Guadeloupe, Martinique: From dry season to drought
As some posts on GV have shown recently [Eng], the Caribbean has been going through a severe drought for the past few weeks. In the French West Indies, bloggers react to this natural disaster which influences their everyday life and affects even politics.
Guadeloupe: Mainstream media biased?
On March 14th and 21st, French people (including Overseas residents) will be asked to vote for the “Regional elections”. In Guadeloupe, blogger Gwakafwika condemns [French Creole] the local press, which he sees as a vehicle of propaganda for the current President, Victorin Lurel.
Global: World Day Against Cyber Censorship
Internet censorship is still a major issue in many countries worldwide. With that in mind, the Paris-based international organization Reporters without Borders (RSF) is promoting its yearly World Day Against Censorship on March 12th
The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong
Big Lychee writes a book review on Underground Front – The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong. The book is written by former legislator Christine Loh on the history of the Chinese Communist Party's underground network in Hong Kong.
Ukraine: “Why So Little Internet”?
Siberian Light looks at the BBC News “infographic about internet access in Europe” and wonders “why a relatively authoritarian country like Belarus has managed to get more than 1/3rd of its people online, whereas Ukraine has only managed 1/10th.”
Ukraine: “Bandera Bashing Déjà Vu”
On Feb. 25, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, in which, among other things, it called on “the new Ukrainian leadership” to “reconsider” the posthumous award granted to Stepan Bandera a month earlier. In a post titled “Bandera Bashing Déjà vu,” Stepan Bandera's grandson – Steve Bandera of Kyiv Scoop...
Haiti: Two Months Later
Today marks two months since the January 12 earthquake devastated Haiti - and even in the midst of other natural disasters, bloggers still seem to be struggling to come to grips with what this tragedy actually means for the people of a nation that is often referred to as "the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere."