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15 January 2011

Stories from 15 January 2011

France: A Show of Tunisian Pride in Paris

Today, January 15, marks the "day after" and the first day of a Ben Ali free Tunisia. Despite their concern for the continuous violence in Tunisia, their relatives and the...

Maldives: Dominance Of The Expatriates

Mohamed Naahi wonders what can be done to reduce the growing number of foreign workers in Maldives.

Sri Lanka: Display Of Sinhala And Tamil Webpages On Mobile Phones

Dhanika has developed a mobile web browser which supports both Sinhala & Tamil Unicode text rendering making display of these languages on Android mobile phones possible.

India: Writing The City In Conversation With Mumbai Taxi Drivers

“Taxi drivers write the city. They move through its streets, they collect its stories, they are confronted with its changes” – this is part of the introduction page of CubbyKabi's...

Mexico: Singer Accused of Rape Tweets in Defense

28-year-old Mexican pop singer Kalimba is using Twitter to defend himself against accusations that he raped two underage girls. His fans tweet to support him, but others criticize the media...

Jordan: Reactions to Ben Ali's Removal from ‘Angry Jordanians’

Jordanians, who held their Day of Anger on the same day Tunisia's President Zainelabidine Ben Ali escaped from his country after month-long protests, reacted in celebration to the news. They...

Rwanda: iPhone on the Kigali buses

Pimping buses in Kigali, Rwanda: “Rwanda’s city buses are quite as tricked out or chaotic as the matatus of regional neighbours. However, there are plenty of bus owners in town...

Uganda: Introducing Maisha Film Labs

Tambay introduces Uganda's Maisha Film Labs: “The goal of the Maisha Film Labs is to give aspiring filmmakers in the East African country the tools & knowledge they currently lack,...

Rwanda: Bloggers take on Stephen Kinzer

An article by Stephen Kinzer criticizing Human Rights Watch’s position on Rwanda was not well received in the blogosphere. In the piece, which appeared in the London’s Guardian, Kinzer laments...

Kenya: 1 Million Campaign

Support 1 Million Campaign in Kenya: “…we are hoping that a simple declaration by 1 Million of Kenya's voters saying Kenya should stay in the ICC will convince parliament to...

Brazil: Police brutality during student protest

The blog Vi o Mundo [Saw the World, pt] shares a video by the cartoonist Carlos Latuff and a letter from the Workers Union of the University of São Paulo...

Kazakhstan: President consolidates power

KZBlog reports that the Parliament in Kazakhstan approved an amendment to enshrine the incumbent president's status as Leader of the Nation and the right to prolong his authority without elections...

Afghanistan: Reassessing media as a peacebuilding opportunity

Nick Fielding reviews the report by the US Institute for Peace, which says that dreams of a free and independent media sector in Afghanistan still go unrealised.

Tajikistan: The death of a newspaper

Alpharabius draws a bottomline under the last ear's historical multimillion lawsuit that had been brought against three newspapers in the Tajikistan’s Supreme Court. One of the publications has disappeared from...

Saudi Arabia: Fleeing, Tunisian Ex-President Ben Ali Lands in KSA

As news surfaces that fleeing Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has landed in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Twitter users take to the platform to express their thoughts on the...

Tajikistan: A sliver of hope for economy

Elina Galperin reports that a sizeable amount of natural gas has been found in Tajikistan, enough to cover the country's needs Tajikistan for 50 years.

Russia: Financial Pyramid Founder's New Online “Project”

Profy reports that Sergei Mavrodi, who created one of the world's largest financial pyramids in the 1990s, is at it again: recently, he “[…] has decided to launch a new...

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