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4 January 2011

Stories from 4 January 2011

Iran:”Green Taxi”

Bavar Sabz, an Iran based blogger writes[fa] he uses his car as a taxi to talk about the protest movement with people. The blogger never accepts money and asks clients...

Iran: Snow in Tehran

Kosoof, a leading photo blogger has published a photo from snowy Tehran.

Nepal: The Status Quo Is Beneficial For The Law Makers

Dr. Hari Bansha Dulal opines that the political status-quo in Nepal is not that bad for the law makers as it does not stop the cabinet and parliament members from...

Sri Lanka: Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill

Juanita Arulanantham at Groundviews provides a critique of the proposed Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill which was scheduled to be introduced in Sri Lankan parliament today.

Bhutan: Dream of An Iconic Lungtenzampa Bridge

Passu dreams of an iconic bridge in place of the existing Lungtenzampa bridge at the heart of Bhutan's capital Thimphu, which is considered an engineering blunder.

Pakistan: Salman Taseer's Tragic Assassination And The Blasphemy Law

In one of the saddest moments of Pakistan's battered political history, the Governor of the Punjab, Mr. Salman Taseer was assassinated in cold blood by one his own body guards,...

Cuba: Essays on Cuba

In Octavo Cerco [es], guest author Boris González Arenas publishes the first part of a trilogy of essays on the political situation of Cuba.

Lebanon: Tweetups YouTubed

Liliane captures some memorable moments of the Lebanese 2010 tweetups in this YouTube clip.

Lebanon: 11 Tweeps to Follow in 2011

“For this year make sure to follow 11 Lebanese Birds always here tweeting regularly making this place special and 100% Lebanese” writes Joe, who lists the Tweeters with a short description of each.

Rwanda: Situation for media activists in Rwanda

hjlawton discusses the situation for media activists in Rwanda: “Kagame’s restriction of media outlets has been noted by Reporters Without Borders 2010 World Press Freedom Index, which lists Rwanda as...

D.R.of Congo: Thoughts of DRC mining ban

Sara Geenen says that the mining ban in the eastern Congo has made life worse for many Congolese: “Almost three months ago now, Kabila decided to suspend all artisanal mining...

Africa: Young Women Lead Africa's Tech Scene

Young women across the continent lead Africa's tech scene: “Africa is a rich mixture of countries and ethnicities and its women are equally diverse in their leadership. I found it...

Sudan: Tech Monitoring in the Southern Sudan Referendum

Lema looks at various tech efforts that have been put in place to monitor the Southern Sudan referendum that will take place on 9 January 2011.

Cote d’Ivoire: Manufacturing a president

The manufacturing of a president in Cote d’Ivoire: “The current deadlock in Cote d’Ivoire stems from the massive fraud that the electronic tally-ups revealed from the votes in the areas...

Africa: eLearning Africa Launches Scholarship Trust

eLearning Africa has launched the Scholarship Trust EAST, a not for profit organisation designed to enhance knowledge sharing and to promote awareness of the benefits of technology-assisted learning and training...

Uganda: LGBTI win court case over Rolling Stone

Victory for LGBTI people in Uganda: “The High Court of Uganda ruled that the Rolling Stone had violated the constitutional rights to privacy and safety and has awarded the three...

Kazakhstan: Bloggers discuss religion

Because Kazakhstan does not have a clear religious policy, it has become the norm that everyone is entitled to his or her own perspective on faith. As it was twenty...

Japan: 2010 in Manga

A look back to 2010 with Neojaponisme's Matthew Penney who “presents [en] some highlights of 2010 that speak to different directions in contemporary manga” [en]. Among those also Saint Young...

Vietnam's first e-market

Launched last month, Agromart is Vietnam's first e-market featuring the country's agricultural, forestry and aquatic products. More than 400 products are already listed on the website.

Vietnam: Facebook inaccessible again

Adam Bray from Phan Thiet, Vietnam notes that Facebook seems to be blocked again in many parts of Vietnam. He wonders if it is related to the forthcoming National Congress...

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