5 May 2010

Stories from 5 May 2010

Lebanon: Lebanese Bloggers Convention

“Discussing the impact of blogging on the freedom of speech in Lebanon and the effect of blogging on the Lebanese society and culture” is one of the topics on the agenda of The First Annual Lebanese Bloggers Convention that is planned to take place at the American University of Beirut...

Lebanon: Questionable flag

Beirut Chronicles travels to the village of Bteghrine, north of Beirut, to follow up on rumours of a German flag bearing a swastika hung in the main square. The blog shows us a picture of the building from which the flag is hung, and discusses the issue in this post[Fr].

Haiti: For Sale?

  5 May 2010

The Haitian Blogger draws attention to “the plan [by an energy company] to ‘buy’ the island of La Gonave…yet a public disclosure of the status of any agreements is unknown outside of the principles involved.”

Trinidad & Tobago: On Volney

  5 May 2010

Trinidadian diaspora blogger Jumbie's Watch questions former Justice-turned-political candidate Herbert Volney's decision in a case while B.C. Pires says: “It’s difficult to say which is harder to understand: Herbie’s stunned reaction that people should be protesting today when he attempts to speak at election platforms; or the UNC’s decision to...

Bermuda: Isn't it Ironic?

  5 May 2010

Vexed Bermoothes points out some ironies about his island, one of which is that “the Bermuda Department of Tourism personnel never seem to wear Bermuda shorts”; fellow blogger Beach Lime calls it a missed opportunity.

Guyana: Searching for Freedom

  5 May 2010

“I learn that within freedom we must have discipline. I don’t think of that discipline as censorship. I think of it as putting brain into action before switching on motor-mouth”: The closing of Google China gets Guyana-Gyal thinking about freedom and responsibility.

Technology for Transparency in China

  5 May 2010

Some recent online projects promoting greater civic engagement and government accountability reflect the emerging power of the middle class and the democratic influence from outside of China. However, while the country undergoes a fundamental shift in how information is spread and controlled, the power of Chinese authorities in regulating communication and participation should never be under-estimated.