Stories from 3 February 2011
Egyptian protesters are calling for massive anti-Mubarak marches across the country, after the Friday prayers tomorrow. Last week, Mubarak's regime cut off the Internet before Egypt's Day of Wrath. Today, reports continued all day of arrests of activists, and the arrest, bullying and harassment of journalists.
Laritza's Laws notes the decision of the Havana Provincial Court in the case of the deaths, by starvation and cold, of 26 psychiatric patients in January 2010, saying: “So the trial ended. Sentences were handed out, but many questions remain.”
From New York City to Haiti weighs in on the first round election results.
Globewriter is “gripped” by the unfolding situation in Egypt, saying: “It is analogous to numerous other struggles going on within countries by groups of people who demand the right to be heard”, while Antilles reaches for the poems of Martin Carter: “Their ferocity seems recharged by the images and stories...
“The Cuban regime does not accept the practice of prostitution”: Iván's File Cabinet makes a case for why it should.
Regional bloggers pay tribute to the life and work of “the great Caribbean writer Edouard Glissant”, who passed away earlier today.
The world has its attention placed on Egypt, going on its 10th day of protests against the regime. As Internet connectivity was reestablished, a rise in twitter updates, image and video uploads was seen, showing what the situation was like on the Egyptian streets, from Egyptian eyes.
Using the #egypt hashtag, let’s read what twitter users in several Southeast Asian countries have been tweeting in reaction to the ongoing Egypt protests
Erwin in The Latin Americanist reports: “At least 260 women and young girls in Argentina were killed in 2010 including eleven via incineration according to local NGO La Casa del Encuentro. […] last week alone three women were killed via incineration.”
Category 5 mega Cyclone Yasi struck the North Queensland coast of Australia late on Wednesday and both the old and new media have played complementary roles during the crisis. Read this post to know why #duckhand is a trending topic in Australia and its link to the cyclone disaster.
Lesley Téllez in The Mija Chronicles writes about Día de la Candelaria, “a Catholic holiday that honors the purification of the Virgin Mary. It’s also an important day for eating tamales. The holiday is a follow-up to Three Kings Day on Jan. 6.” She includes a recipe for strawberry tamales.
Egyptian blogger and Twitter user Sandmonkey has been arrested today, amid a crackdown on activists and human rights organisations in Egypt. While Sandmonkey was roughed up, news is circulating about the arrest of numerous activists, particularly those working in human rights.
Following the eviction of IDP families from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, bloggers in Tbilisi, Georgia, have joined ranks with protesters demanding an end to their often forcible relocation and demands for proper housing.
A blogger at Carlan's Dream roots for the Egyptian people and reflects [ja] on how such protests would never take place in Japan where people tend to think “nothing is gonna change anyway!”.
Anneryan looks at how Sudan Radio Service uses mobile technology into its work to both monitor the reach of its broadcasts and to solicit reader feedback.
The Twitter hashtag #Kenya28Feb calls upon Kenyans to voice their discontent with the political establishment and while #ChoosePeace calls on other Kenyans not to follow the ongoing trend of mass protests and disgruntlement, as has been witnessed in the Egyptian protests.
Bloggers in Africa are commenting on series of protests taking place in Egypt and Tunisia. Could this kind of popular uprising happen in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Barrie writes how the Chinese New Year is being celebrated in Bali, Indonesia.
This new blog is “dedicated to the continuing remembrance of our beloved Ma. Lorena Barros – a warm and compassionate person, a caring daughter, a loving mother, a true friend, a staunch fighter of the national liberation movement and a towering figure in the women's liberation movement in the Philippines.”
With the number of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) growing each year in Azerbaijan, blogs reporting on everyday life in the country continue to appear online. AK in Azerbaijan, for example, expresses its fascination with the landscape, dynamics and opportunities of the capital, Baku, while Janet-in-Azerbaijan waxes lyrically about Baku at...
Yemen's Day of Rage protests have started, and the scramble in on for online resources and people on the ground to tell us their story in their own words.