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4 February 2011

Stories from 4 February 2011

Syria: No-Show for ‘Day of Anger’

Speculation is rampant from international media that Syria may follow in spreading unrest from Tunisia and Egypt. Betsy Fisher takes a look at tweets to see what Syrians are saying.

East Jerusalem: Sheikh Jarrah is renamed Tahrir Square by activists

The weekly solidarity march of Palestinian and Israeli activists in the East Jerusalem Neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah this morning, was marked by a solidarity protest with the people of Egypt....

Israel: Jews should be banned from learning Arabic

Arab-Israeli author and Journalist Sayed Kashua wrote a humorous yet sharp column targeting the Israeli narrow view point on the events in Egypt: “I used to think one of the...

Israel: Why this Israeli is so invested in Egypt?

Emily L. Hauser writes memories from Cairo as she prays for the Egyptian people: “I know that the Egyptians don’t love the peace that Sadat signed with us. I know...

Egypt: The Day of (Almost) Departure

After two days of clashes, in which pro-democracy demonstrators were attacked by pro-Mubarak crowds, Friday - labelled as the "Day of Departure" saw increasing numbers of people pouring into Tahrir...

Peru: New Strain of Dengue Spreads in the Amazon

A dengue outbreak that emerged in the Peruvian Amazon region of Loreto has easily spread through several neighbouring regions. On the 1st of February, four confirmed cases had been officially...

Cuba: Pacheco Blogs From Exile

“Cubans, undeniably, have to find a path. We must keep one thing very present: only love can save us from human misery”: Pablo Pacheco, one of the prisoners of Cuba’s...

Trinidad & Tobago: Celebrity Carnival

Trinidad Carnival Diary has been trawling through Twitter to find out which celebrities are coming for Carnival 2011.

Caribbean: Looking at Cairo

Caribbean bloggers have their eyes on Cairo. From Bermuda, Wishful Thinking republishes an image that offers “hope for humanity”; Cuba's Yoani Sanchez says: “The insinuation is clear: five decades of...

Jamaica: The Role of Social Media

“They add a different dimension to reporting of events, but to put them at the core of social movements is too strong”: Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac comments on the role...

Egypt: Wael Abbas, Arrested by Army, then Released

Prominent human rights blogger Wael Abbas was arrested for about an hour by the army today, sending friends and contacts on a search frenzy. He was later released. Meanwhile, the...

China: Internet service as a social contract

What do Chinese netizens think is more likely to spark a new political movement in China: Facebook, a Joe Lieberman-style Internet kill switch, or widespread corruption, inflation and human rights...

Egypt: The View from Jordan

Sentiments are generally high in the Jordanian street in support of the uprising in Egypt. People are tuned into the news and events, there is Egypt related chatter at various...

Egypt: Inside Tahrir Square

Over the past 10 days the way to Tahrir (Liberation) Square, in down town Cairo, has always been the most dangerous of all (literally and figuratively). However inside the “field”,...

Qatar: Al Jazeera Cairo Office Burnt by Thugs, Arabic Website Hacked

Qatar-based Al Jazeera's Arabic news website was reportedly hacked earlier today, by what the news network described as "opponents of the pro-democracy movement in Egypt." See what netizens have to...

Ukraine: Bloggers Spread Information About Political Repressions

Tetyana Bohdanova reviews some of the reports on the ongoing political repressions against “ordinary people” in Ukraine that are being produced by bloggers, independent journalists and cyber-activists.

Palestine: Anger At Palestine Papers

Al Jazeera’s release of the Palestine Papers, hundreds of documents related to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, has provoked strong reactions throughout the Palestinian blogosphere. In this post we hear from bloggers in...

‘You're next, Kim Jong-il!’ Korean Peninsula Watches Egypt

News of the Egyptian revolt has reached the Korean peninsula, and speculations are rising in South Korea about whether it could spark mass protests in North Korea. South Koreans overthrew...

Jordan: Demonstrations for Egypt, against PM

Two separate demonstrations, held in Amman, Jordan, on Friday, February 4th, ended peacefully. This week saw King Abdullah II dismissing Prime Minister Samir Rifai, in favor of former Prime Minister...

An Egyptian Activist's Letter Reached to S.Koreans

An Egyptian activist's touching letter explaining the reason of the protest and the fact that protesters are falsely accused as mobs was translated into Korean by Nanum Munhwa, a non-profit social organization promoting peace for global...

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