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 to pray for the movement.

Cuba: Essays on Cuba

  4 January 2011

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

Rwanda: Situation for media activists in Rwanda

  4 January 2011

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 one of the ten most repressive countries towards journalists.”

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

  4 January 2011

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 activities in South Kivu, North Kivu and Maniema.”

Africa: Young Women Lead Africa's Tech Scene

  4 January 2011

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 interesting to take a look at some of the women who were noted in 2010 in tech and media.”

Cote d’Ivoire: Manufacturing a president

  4 January 2011

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 of the country still under the control of the armed rebellion.”

Uganda: LGBTI win court case over Rolling Stone

  4 January 2011

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 plaintiffs damages of £400 each plus a warning to the magazine not to repeat the outings.”

Kazakhstan: Bloggers discuss religion

  4 January 2011

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 years ago, no one is really bothered by this multitude of views, which is evidenced by the debate on religion...

Japan: 2010 in Manga

  4 January 2011

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 Men and Thermae Romae.

Vietnam's first e-market

  4 January 2011

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

  4 January 2011

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 of Vietnam’s Communist Party.

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