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14 February 2011

Stories from 14 February 2011

Bahrain: The Day of Wrath

Protests took place in many places in Bahrain today, in what has been called Bahrain's Day of Wrath. Netizens gasped in horror as they saw how police forces dealt with...

Indonesia: Attack on religious minorities

Ahmadiyah followers were attacked by a mob in Indonesia resulting in several deaths. Netizens are asking the government to protect religious minorities

India: More Awareness Required To Fix The Education system

Himanshu Rai advocates for more awareness of the complexity of the problem in the Indian education system. The blogger opines that “the education model needs to be transformed from teacher-centric...

Pakistan: Love Or Hate Valentine's Day

In Pakistan there is a growing opposition against Valentine's Day celebrations on religious and cultural grounds. But Pakistani blogger Adil Najam asks: “since when is mohabbat (love) not part of...

Venezuela: Remembering a Historic February 14

Alejandro Tarre in Caracas Chronicles writes about February 14th 1936: “In my view, February 14th 1936 was the initial spark that marked a process of democratization without precedent in our...

Colombia: A “dry canal” to rival the Panama Canal?

Bloggings by boz reports: “Colombian President Santos told FT there is a ‘real proposal… quite advanced’ for a rail link connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through Colombia, serving as...

Panama: Crowdsourcing to Map Corruption and Crime

Periodismo Ciudadano [es] describes Mapa Transparente [es], a crowdsourcing initiative in Panama which allows users to track corruption, theft, homicides, sexual assaults, kidnappings and other forms of crime on a...

Bahrain: Snapshots from a Day of Protest and Injury

Bahrain was rocked by violence today as the latest country to stage protests in the so-called Arab revolution time-table inspired by uprisings in Tunisa and Egypt. Police quashed demonstrations in...

Russia: Blogger Detained for Spreading Bombing Rumors

Masha Egupova analyzes the cases of Ilya Korol, Far East blogger who got detained for a terroristic act rumor, and the new government initiatives that are aimed to monitor and...

Bahrain: Police Quash Today's Protests (Videos)

A series of 'illegal' protests took place in Bahrain today, February 14, as demonstrators marked a 'Day of Wrath' inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Several videos from...

Colombia: Outrage after failed FARC hostage release

On December 8, 2010, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced they would release five hostages in an open letter to former senator Piedad Córdoba. However, things did not...

Senegal: Book for Africa Partnership

Peace Corps/Senegal is partnering with Books for Africa to bring textbooks and reading materials to schools and community libraries throughout the country. Volunteers in about 35 communities are working with...

El Salvador: Citizen Reactions to disclosure of wages in the Legislative Assembly

The disclosure of Legislative Assembly employee wages, some a lot higher than expected, has sparked outrage among Salvadoran bloggers.

Iran: Today's Protests in Videos

Despite a government ban, Iranians demonstrated in several cities today, including Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and Rasht. The Iranian opposition had sought permission to demonstrate in solidarity with the Egyptian and...

Zimbabwe: Zimbabweans celebrate with Egyptians

Read text messages from Zimbabweans who are celebrating with the Egyptian people for removing a dictator from power.

Rwanda: Africa's newest stock exchange

Africa’s newest stock exchange is the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE), launched on 31 Jan to start trading the shares of brewer Brasseries et Limonaderies du Rwanda BRALIRWA ( The exchange...

Ghana: The Witches of Gambaga premiers in Accra

The Witches of Gambaga premiers in Accra, Ghana: “Tomorrow the 15th of February at 10 am Yaba Badoe‘s documentary film premiers at the British Council in downtown Accra. The film,...

Bahamas: Is Cuba Next?

“I would love to see a non-violent uprising for human rights…sparked by blog writers and fed and sustained till victory by the power of the internet. As we have seen...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Dear Heart

Abeni writes a letter to her heart on Valentine's Day.

Trinidad & Tobago: Literary Awards

“It’s shortlist time — for at least a couple of literary awards”: Antilles has the details.

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