1 March 2011

Stories from 1 March 2011

Azerbaijan: Discrediting Facebook?

Global Voices’ Caucasus editor posts a translation of an article naming prominent alternative voices in Azerbaijan who have Facebook friends in Armenia. The reaction from many in the country still effectively at war with its neighbor is that the article was intended to discredit those activists and the the use...

Libya: The African Mercenary Question (Videos)

One of the more distressing sub-plots in the ongoing two-week uprising against Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi in Libya has been reports of the Libyan leader's alleged use of "foreign" or “African mercenaries” to prop up his falling regime, meaning "Sub-Saharan African" and “Black.” Why put a Black face on the mercenary story?

Nicaragua: Daniel Ortega Accepts Nomination to Run for Third Term

  1 March 2011

Mike reports that President Daniel Ortega was renominated as the presidential candidate of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party: “Ortega's seventh campaign for the presidency is widely seen as unconstitutional and has been condemned by the Catholic Church and former Sandinistas. The Constitution prohibits both consecutive presidential reelection and...

Cuba: Discussing the Crackdowns

  1 March 2011

Bloggers continue to discuss the crackdown on the Ladies in White and other dissidents, following the first anniversary of the death of prisoner of conscience Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

Bolivia: How to Help Victims of Massive Mudslides in La Paz

  1 March 2011

Recent mudslides in La Paz destroyed around 400 homes, according to local authorities. Luis Ramos in Citizen of La Paz [es] informs readers that the Municipal Library of La Paz is receiving clothing, food and other needed items for the victims. Luis calls on the people of La Paz to...

Haiti: Manigat's Chances

  1 March 2011

“We might have a race after all”: Toussaint on Haiti thinks that Mirlande Manigat's campaign “might be picking up steam”, while Dying in Haiti wonders “if the registered voters in [a particular] tent city are going to vote for Madame Manigat, Michael, or….nobody?”

Bahamas: Protests Over Company Sale

  1 March 2011

“We should be celebrating that politics will finally be removed from the day to day operation of the phone company and in a few short years we will have an open market where other phone companies can enter the fray”: Weblog Bahamas blogs about recent protests over the sale of...

Jamaica: You Gotta Have Faith

  1 March 2011

“Our society is so riddled with corruption and frustration-inspiring situations that Jamaican people seem to have lost faith in a LOT of things and people”: Ruthibelle blogs about some of them.

Sri Lanka: Two Fighter Planes Have Crashed

  1 March 2011

Two Kfir fighter jets of Sri Lankan Airforce have crashed. Indi.ca comments: “Wikipedia says that the SLAF had 12 Kfirs as of 2009, meaning that we just lost a significant percentage of our fleet.”

Yemen: Thousands Protest on Day of Wrath

Thousands of protesters are marching across Yemen, in a Day of Wrath, to condemn Friday's attacks on protests in Aden and call for the end of the Ali Abdullah Saleh regime. A defiant Saleh has meanwhile accused Israel and the US of orchestrating the wave of protests across the region.

Ghana: Interview with Kajsa Hallberg Adu

  1 March 2011

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to conduct an e-mail interview with Ghana-based Swedish lecturer, freelance writer and blogger, Kajsa Hallberg Adu about her experience as a blogger in Ghana as well as her thoughts on the future of blogging in Ghana. Adu is the founder of GhanaBlogging.

Japan: Controversial documentary The Cove released free online

  1 March 2011

Joi Ito announced on his blog that the award-winning documentary The Cove has been dubbed in Japanese and released for free online. In the post, Ito-san wrote: “Why the online release of the film in Japan is so important is that the Japanese people should watch the movie and make...

China: Not Tweeting a Revolution

  1 March 2011

Why did China tweet a revolution and then have almost no one show up? See what Chinese idealists were posting to Twitter leading up to February 20, the day of the first rallies in what many hoped would become the country's own "Jasmine revolution".

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