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13 January 2011

Stories from 13 January 2011

Mexico: Indigenous Town Burned by Arsonists

Alejandro Ortiz Sotomayor in Vivir México reports [es] that an indigenous town in the state of Durango was burned by about 60 men who were seeking retaliation after people from...

Pakistan: Salmaan Taseer- We Buried A Man Not His Courage

The death of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer has brought to the forefront a clear distinction, on one hand are those who endorse the assassination and glorify the assassin and on...

Afghanistan: Protest in Kabul against the Iranian government

Afghan protesters demonstrated on Thursday outside the Iranian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan against the ill treatment of Afghan immigrants and refugees in Iran, and also against Iran's ongoing fuel blockade...

Sri Lanka: Google Map On Flood Affected Areas

Groundviews publishes a frequently updated Google Map which identifies the main flood-affected regions in Sri Lanka, sites where relief and rescue operations have been conducted and other information.

Pakistan: Interior Minister Calls For Reporting Of Blasphemous Contents

Shahzad Ahmed reports in a tweet that Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has called for the “Nation” to report anti-Islam or blasphemous contents to him, so these can be blocked...

El Salvador: A Decade Since the January 13 Earthquake

Hunnapuh [es] asks if El Salvador has learned “the lesson” 10 years after the January 13 earthquake. Blogger “Jjmar” answers the question reporting that construction companies still build homes in...

Tunisia: YouTubing the Uprising

Video-sharing portal YouTube has been blocked in Tunisia since 2007 - but that is not stopping Tunisians from sharing the horrors they are facing on the streets with the rest...

Tunisia: Hackers take over Tunisian Foreign Minister Kamel Morjane's Blog

The Twittersphere is on fire after a letter of resignation, allegedly written by Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamel Morjane, popped on his blog. Did Morjane really resign or has...

Iran: New Cops for Virtual world

According [fa] Weblognews,Iran announced ‘new cops, next week, will start their function for internet surveillance.” Read more about computer criminals here.

China: Social media for social change

It would be innocent to think that social media can lead to revolutionary changes in China, but we should not underestimate the potential of micro-power for social progress, China media...

Uganda: End Big Man Rule

Museveni Kaguta calls on Ugandans to vote to end Big Man Rule once and for all.

Iran: Coelho's books banned

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says his books were banned in Iran. The writer made all his books in Persian availabe on his blog, free for all fans.

Iran:”Supreme leader tweetings infuriate Iran's bloggers”

Guardian writes that “A Twitter account believed to belong to Iran's supreme leader has triggered controversy among Iranians whose own access to social networking websites remains blocked.”

Sudan: Oldest woman votes

South Sudan's Rebecca Kadi Loburang Dinduch – thought to be the oldest voter who is expected to be between 100 -115 years according to her granddaughter, on Wednesday arrived at...

El Salvador: 10 Years with the US Dollar

Remembering 10 years since El Salvador began using the US Dollar as its currency, Tim from Tim's El Salvador Blog explains: “It would be fair to say that the move...

Tanzania: Half of Tanzania’s population on phone

A research team at the University of Dar es Salaam says half the Tanzanian population is currently hooked to mobile phones, and that it takes just a handset to run...

Barbados, U.S.A.: The Republicans

“Trust the Republican machinery to make you start feeling nostalgic for Dubya”: B.C. Pires blogs about She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

Barbados: By-Election for Late PM's Seat

“The by-election in the parish of St. John is in full swing, with the usual bickering and personal attacks that have come to personify Bajan election campaigns”: Cheese-on-bread! can't wait...

Jamaica: Skin Bleaching

“All of a sudden the problem of skin bleaching is in the spotlight and we have top DJ Vybz Kartel to thank for it”: Active Voice explains.

Guyana: Adopt-a-Turtle

Guyana-Gyal considers adopting a turtle – but there's a deal-breaker.

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