Stories from 3 May 2010
Saudi Arabia's citizen media community pulled all the stops to cover torrential rains which struck Riyadh today. Scores of videos, hundreds of photographs and thousands of tweets are being exchanged at the time of writing this article. Here's a quick snap shot.
The Eikaiwa Review blog covers the situation with GEOS, yet another language school in Japan to go bankrupt.
In Puerto Rico, the art blogs have become vital spaces of discussion, debate, deliberation, critique and information. They have obtained what other virtual entrepreneurs anxiously desire: to convert their spaces into necessary references and centers of a type of information that you simply can't find in any other place.
Africa is a Country comments on the video showing an American woman begging in a market iin Lagos, Nigeria: “If this is meant to be satire, it seems to me to fall particularly flat. It doesn’t help that the video was, as far as I can tell, posted without context...
Commenting on the results of the first party multiparty elections in Sudan, Muawia Abdel Karim argues that nobody will ever know who really won the election.
Is Niger back in the news because of reports of famine? Not really: “Niger isn’t in the headlines. It’s barely ever been in the headlines. It got a couple of weeks of coverage in mid-2005, courtesy of a BBC camera crew who visited an MSF feeding centre in the east...
It's raining in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and Twitter users and bloggers are using the opportunity to cover the 'chaos', and complain about their local Press.
Democracy is still relatively young in South Asia, and not always stable. While politicians in the region are eager to integrate technology into their policy platforms, they are less enthusiastic about its use by activists who want more transparency and accountable governments.
KnowTnT.com‘s Edmund Gall compares Calder Hart's expected return to Trinidad today “to be formally charged with perjury” (which is apparently accompanied by an “ex parte gag order”) to J.K. Rowling's reference to the evil Voldemort “as ‘He Who Must Not Be Named'…”
Barbados Free Press and HAITI, Land of Freedom blog about the explosion of the bp oil rig which “is spewing 5000 barrels of oil a day into the already-not-pristine waters of the Caribbean.”
“In the days of my parents and grandparents…there was never any expectation on their part of someone else or a government to supply their needs”: Weblog Bahamas‘ Sidney Sweeting calls this the “Age of Entitlement”.
“The term ‘red'…has had a long and dishonorable reputation in the Americas”: Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp seeks to change this through a poem in which “the speaker…turns away from the extremes of racial conflict and embraces his ‘red'ness.”
Mohamed Mossallam, an Egyptian accused of murdering an elderly couple and their two grandchildren as well as raping a 15-year-old girl, has been lynched by the people of the Lebanese village Katramaya. Bloggers react to the news after videos and photos of the lynching were posted online.
Living in Oman posted a sketch detailing how to spot an Omani car.
St. Lucia's Caribbean Book Blog interviews Haitian writer Lili Dauphin.
Tunisian bloggers have formed a Facebook group [Ar] entitled: Censorship tarnishes my country's reputation.
Signifyin’ Guyana blogs about Guyanese writer Grace Nichols and her poetic tongue, saying that in her work, she “continues to produce articulate speakers who tell the stories of women’s lives…”
The Deccan Development Society take their experiences in Hyderabad, India to explain why video or radio training could represent an alternative to literacy when measuring development.
High school student Piiko blogs [ja] about her illness (cerebrospinal fluid hypovolemia) and how she deals with symptoms such as chronic headache in her daily life.
Algérie Télécom, the main operator of Internet services in Algeria, is notorious amongst bloggers for its poor service and frequent disruptions. In this post, Katharine Ganly translates the frustrations of a young blogger, Houda, from Sidi Bel Abbès.
In order to advocate the implementation of universal suffrage and abolition of functional constituencies in Hong Kong, the Civic Party (CP) and the League of Social Democrats (LSD) launched the 5 district referendum movement through the resignation of 5 legislators in 5 election districts. Candidates from the 2 parties will...