7 February 2011

Stories from 7 February 2011

Bahamas: In Solidarity with Egyptian Women

  7 February 2011

“It always was outrageous to me that humble blog writers like me were being thrown into jail for criticizing the government. But it is proof that this thing called citizen journalism is powerful”: Womanish Words is standing with the women protesters of Egypt.

Grenada: National Day

  7 February 2011

Today is Grenada's National Day, on which the country commemorates its independence from the United Kingdom. Repeating Islands has the details.

Trinidad & Tobago: What Egypt Can Teach Us

  7 February 2011

“It would be extremely poor of me to compare our situation with that of the people in Egypt. They have legitimate reasons to demand a change and have stood by the courage of their convictions”: Still, Coffeewallah wishes that Trinbagonians would “approach our issues with the single-mindedness [with which we]...

Jamaica: Social Media is the Message

  7 February 2011

“How messages of revolution are transmitted is crucial…this is why…powerbrokers have always tried to control the media, whether these were the drums of the enslaved signaling revolt on Caribbean plantations or more contemporary forms of broadcasting which now include Twitter and Facebook”: Annie Paul thinks Malcolm Gladwell is wrong about...

Jamaica: Lessons from Marley

  7 February 2011

“One of the most striking aspects of Marley’s songwriting is his authenticity”: Diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp wonders if bloggers can learn a few lessons from the late reggae great.

Africa: No aid without accountability

  7 February 2011

The Pale Observer wants to see the end of “sick cycle of corrupt fund transfers” in Africa: “African government regimes!!! The blatant corruption and flagrant disregard for their citizens is appalling, but what is worse is the complete lack of accountability when it comes to the shoveling of aid money...

Zimbabwe: Zanu PF activates brutal campaign

  7 February 2011

Brutal campaign by followers of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe has started: “ZANU PF is already testing the effectiveness of its bloody election machinery in Harare. Last week there were brutal attacks against MDC supporters in Harare suburbs of Budiriro and Mbare.”

Zimbabwe: Meet Zimbabwean blogger and poet, Mcgini Nyoni

  7 February 2011

Zimbabweans are leaving their mark in the world of blogs and other social media tools. Zimbabwean blogger, poet, playwright and writing instructor, Mcgini Nyoni, is not an exception. Mcgini is the Creative Director of the project Poetry Bulawayo. Here is an email interview I recently conducted with him.

Russia: Review of the Environmental Blogosphere in January 2011

RuNet Echo  7 February 2011

Russian environmental blogosphere is a mixed bag of negative forecasts and positive initiatives, Bellona.ru reports [RUS] in its January digest. While Alexey Yablokov, famous environmentalist and blogger, forecasts [RUS] several catastrophes (including one nuclear), Russian Environmental Movement publishes funny movie clips [RUS] agitating to save the planet.

Colombia: British expat loves Bogotá

  7 February 2011

Vicki, a British journalist living in Colombia's capital, has posted her 101 reasons to love Bogotá, including “Streets are numbered, not named. You don’t need an A-Z,” “It is considered acceptable to love books,” “Sometimes people sell chocolate on the buses,” “New people don’t have to be drunk to talk...

Egypt: Wael Ghonim Released?

  7 February 2011

Egyptian cyber activist and Google executive Wael Ghonim has been released today, as Egyptians continue to demand the end of Mubarak regime. Protesters at Tahrir Square have named Ghonim their spokesman, to pressure the government to release him.

Egypt: The KFC Revolution

  7 February 2011

Egyptian bloggers have been commenting on the Egyptian regime's use of state-owned television channels and newspapers for their own political purposes. The influence of the media on the people is particularly important in a situation like the one currently unfolding in Egypt where opposing parties have entirely different interests.

Egypt: Tahrir Square's Mini Utopia

  7 February 2011

There is another side to the ongoing revolution in Egypt, which is the daily life of those people sitting in on Tahrir Square. For the past 12 days, they have remained on the square, eating, drinking, chanting, cheering - simply living there day and night. Life here has its own rhythm now, and the spirit on diplay is of a mini Utopia.

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