Stories from 14 January 2011
Now that ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fled the country, the question on everyone's mind is: Where is he headed to?
Juan Cristobal in Caracas Chronicles reports that, “This morning, dozens of families who lost their homes last December took to the streets to protest. According to press reports, the group was complaining they have been living in a flooded, rat-infested basement for weeks.”
Rice & Curry blog takes a trip to a typical Sri Lankan open air market and shares the experience.
The Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali quit his country on Friday following four weeks of popular protests, putting an end to 23 years in power. Here are some of the reactions that flooded Twitter and the blogosphere following the announcement of Ben Ali's dramatic departure.
News of the Tunisian coup d'etat or may be the Tunisian revolution made the headlines across the Arabic blogosphere. Bloggers from all over the Arab world wrote to congratulate the Tunisian people.
Inspired by protests in Tunisia, the Jordanian Twitter community rallied around a "Day of Anger," announced January 12th and held January 14th after Friday prayers. The rallies were held around Jordan, focusing primarily on rising prices, but also addressing political disenfranchisement and concerns with Prime Minister Samir Rifai's government.
Looking at my Twitterfeed, one would think that the Arab world has been waiting for this day forever. Tweets celebrating the escape of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from Tunisia have created a riot online.
http://therisingcontinent.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/16th-january-2011-ms-victoire-ingabire%e2%80%99s-first-anniversary-in-rwanda-2/first Anniversary in Rwanda: “She has been in prison for a few months now. The flame of hope and democracy in Rwanda she has enlightened, we are millions to keep it alive. We won’t let it fade.”
Nkunda responds to attacks on Human Rights Watch: “I need to remind my readers that human rights watch has been one of the most vocal defenders of democracy in Rwanda. The organization, through the late Allison Des Forge, was the first to raise the alarm on the killings that were...
Can white people be Africans? Sentletse Diakanyo, a South African blogger, does not think so. He says, “Historically, the term “African” never had any ambiguous meaning. To Africans today it still does not have any ambiguous meaning. Africans across the continent and in the diaspora have long understood its meaning to refer to them as black people.”
A photo posted at The Livesay Haiti Weblog might just be worth a thousand words.
“It is indeed a sad indictment on our country that the top story emanating from the Parliament and making its way to the front page of a national daily newspaper was the apparent disappearance of a grand piano…”: Plain Talk examines the sheet music surrounding the latest political fiasco.
Generation Y blogs about the upsurge in sales of pirated DVDs and music, commenting: “Absent from the public catalogs are the documentaries — so often watched in Cuban homes — that approach our national history through a different lens from the official.”
Barbados Underground is concerned about the plight of the country's senior citizens.
The YouTube channel of Cubadebate was taken down on January 12th, due to copyright infringement claims on a video of Cuban terrorist suspect and former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles, who is currently on trial in a US federal court in El Paso, Texas. Cubadebate, a state-run news site, has urged YouTube to reactivate the channel, which contains over four hundred videos.
Radical left journalist Dimosthenis Papadatos-Anagnostopoulos was assaulted and detained during a counter-terrorism sweep in Athens. Blogger tsakthan writes [el]: “According to his testimony, he was beaten by the anti-terrorist squad near his home, shoved in a car, transferred to Police HQ, strip-searched and questioned for hours in a dark room...
China Digital Times has translated the Chinese Propaganda Bureau's general notice to local media outlets.
Following the floods this week in Brazil, Hugo Albuquerque, from the blog O Descurvo, comments [pt] on the urban problems of the city of Sao Paulo. He also criticizes mainstream media's biased coverage of the issue – the same does Maurício Caleiro, from the blog Cinema e Outras Artes [pt]
Twitterer @koreain sent the final warning tweet[ko] to a high-profile media worker (and a married man) who is reportedly to had harassed a woman via Twitter. Koreain urged the man to close his Twit account and numerous fellow twitterers have joined the public accusation by retweeting the message.
A posting by the mother of the victim[ko] has mobilized net users to file an online petition and drawn media attention to a questionable murder case. The mother claimed her daughter was beaten to death while resisting being raped. The police has decided to reinvestigate the case.
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