Stories from 4 March 2011
SEMIÇKA – OLUBDUR, OLUR, OLACAQ… (Now Democracy Now!) comments on the arrest today of Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, a youth activist responsible for a Facebook page calling for pro-democracy actions in Azerbaijan following similar protests in Egypt and Tunisia.
Likely the most evolved country in the region in terms of online activism, Global Voices Advocacy posts details of new concerns about moves taken against alternative voices in Azerbaijan as well as the arrest today of yet another youth activist calling for pro-democracy protests in the oil-rich former Soviet republic...
Tunisia's interim president Fouad Mebazaa addressed the public, promising a complete break with the old regime, yesterday (March 3, 2011). He announced that on July 24, the people will choose their representatives by electing a national constitutional assembly which will rewrite the constitution.
More than 2,500 Lebanese citizens marched last Sunday (February 27, 2011) in the capital Beirut against the sectarian system which they think is the reason of the country's problems. Here's how it went and how the Lebanese online community reacted. Other protests are planned for tomorrow (March 5).
What was supposed to be a peaceful march ended up as a bloodbath on Thursday March 3, 2011. During an all female protest organised in Abobo, a district of economic capital Abidjan, seven women were shot dead, apparently by national Defense and Security Forces.
While Yemen's security forces once again fired live weapons and killed opposition demonstrators, politicians and protesters are attempting behind-the-scenes political manoeuvres to solve a growing stalemate after nearly a month of demonstrations aimed at ousting the country's government.
When young Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the town of Sidi Bouzid, he couldn't have imagined the chain of events his act would set off. Now, in Morocco, the self-immolation of a young woman, Fadoua Laroui, has Moroccan bloggers debating the cause and effect of such an action.
In an extremely tense situation in Cote d'Ivoire, where the United Nations has warned of a civil war in the making, a few Ivorian netizens are pleading for peace and trying to bring together the two camps in conflict.
Sympathizers with the student strike at the University of Puerto Rico will stage simultaneous demonstrations in solidarity with the UPR in cities around the world on Friday, March 11, 2011. Some cities are Amsterdam, Madrid, New York and Manchester.
Starting this March, the Global Voices gains a space offline in a corner of Lusophone Africa, in the pages of @Verdade Newspaper, Mozambique. In return, the largest weekly in circulation in Mozambique will help to increase our coverage of the country, with a monthly column on news from Mozambique, as seen by its citizens.
Environmental lawyer and blogger Erika Fontánez Torres posts the list of the most recent projects [es] and accomplishments of the Proyecto ENLACE Caño Martín Peña, one of the most innovative community development initiatives in Puerto Rico.
Redod criticizes how the media has created and disseminated the myth of the supposed link of rock and reggaeton with violence. The editor of the music blog Puerto Rico Indie [es] explains that violence is much more than a musical genre.
Bloggings by Boz writes: “The FAO reports that February 2011 was a yet a new high on food prices. This has led to several warnings from organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean including ECLAC [Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean] and the IICA [Inter-American Institute for Cooperation...
The first presidential candidate debate for this year's elections in Peru took place on March 3. Read reaction in this post [es] in Globalizado.
The new artistic collective La Tachuela [es] aims to “fixate on starving minds the fruits of collective creativity.”
The Center for Investigative Journalism organized a forum to analyze the criminalization of social protest. The Center has posted an article and the live stream video of the event [es].
Seven women supporting elected President Alassane Ouatara were shot dead during a protest on March 3, 2011, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire by security forces loyal to incumbent President Gbagbo. As violence escalates in the country, Anna Guèye examines the role played by Facebook and Twitter.
Along the Malecón suggests “10 reasons why the U.S.-funded Cuba programs are intriguing and controversial.”
“Political satire is alive and well in Jamaica,” writes Active Voice, pointing to the supposed Twitter account of the controversial gang leader and “president” of the Tivoli Gardens community Christopher “Dudus” Coke: @dudusfromtivoli.
On Thursday night, a fight broke out in Hamad Town, southwest of Manama, between youths which later escalated to larger numbers with reports saying over 200 joined the fight using wood blocks, metal bars, knives and even swords. Here is how the incident played out on social media platforms.
3 March was the birthday of Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and activist Juan Antonio Corretjer Montes (1908-1985). Repeating Islands summarises this year's anniversary commemorations across the island.