Stories from 12 January 2011
Bangladeshis were shocked by widely published photographs of the dead body of a 15 year old Bangladeshi girl hanging on the India-Bangladesh border Fence. The girl named Felani was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) while she was illegally crossing the border with her father on the way back to Bangladesh.
As the violence in Tunisia continues, so have responses and expressions of support in Jordan. Many Jordanian tweeters have focused on criticism of Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Others speculate that the unrest in Tunisia will inspire the people of Arab countries to demand economic and political reform as well.
Reading Cafe reacts on the news that the Indian government is seriously considering asking Google to help it in monitoring emails.
More big news from the Arab world this evening as Lebanon's government has reportedly collapsed, following the resignations of 11 cabinet members. The cabinet members, all members or allies of Hezbollah, resigned over arguments stemming from a UN probe into the assassination of Rafiq Hariri.
Sana Saleem proposes a public discourse between the activists and clerics to resolve the current crisis in Pakistan with a mutual consensus.
Shital Shah at Think Change India talks about a free mobile application for NGOs that enables field staffs to collect data using their existing mobile phones and transfer it on a real-time basis.
Ujjwal Acharya questions the newly introduced practice of two dailies of Nepal – Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post – where readers can send their feedback on opinion pieces and editorial via SMS.
Sarvodaya blog highlights the relief efforts targeted towards the flood victims in Ampara and Batticaloa districts of Sri Lanka.
Greatbong analyzes how Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket teams fared in the recent player auctions.
Artist and blogger Javier Martínez reflects [es] on the best and the worst of 2010.
The digital magazine 80 Grados republishes the expressions [es] of professors and ex alums of the University of Puerto Rico who have criticized a group of alleged students who damaged University property in protest against an imposed special fee.
The View From Fez reports that, although historically not a cheese-producing nation, Morocco is now catching up to its European brethren in the cheese-making department.
The student blog Desde Adentro [es] informs that eight students of the University of Puerto Rico were arrested today for distributing fliers and leaflets in the classrooms. Students of the UPR are on strike.
In her latest technical post, Lebanese blogger Mir explains her “Password” problem and suggests a solution for it, asking for “anyone up to code this.”
After -what she considered- so many useless and power-oriented protests, Lebanese blogger Liliane suggested a list of things that she believes are really worth demonstrating for and protesting against. Check her list and her readers suggestions as well in this post.
Today marks one year since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti. Haitian bloggers are remembering and paying tribute to the survivors of the disaster, while acknowledging that there is still a lot of work to be done.
Is the Kenyan government a haven for criminals and in need of a purge?, asks Mzalendo (Eye On Kenyan Parliament) contributor.
A general strike is taking place in the southernmost region of Chile –Magallanes– due to the Government's proposal to cut gas subsidies and as a result increase prices by 16.8% in the region. In El Kiosko Bloggero [es], Daniel Arellano explains what it is like to live in that region...
Alun McDonald and David McKenzie are posting regular updates on their Twitter accounts from Southern Sudan where voters are taking part in a referendum on whether the region should remain a part of Sudan or be independent.
Figures on the share of seats held by women in national assemblies around the world show that Latin America, “ranks second only to Nordic Europe in terms of the percentage of women elected to parliamentary-level,” as Mike explains in Central American Politics. He also looks specifically at women's participation in...
Music blogger Roberto Carreño [es] recommends 10 albums by Chilean artists to watch for in 2011.