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4 March 2011

Stories from 4 March 2011

Azerbaijan: Activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev arrested

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...

Azerbaijan: Facebook activism under pressure

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...

Tunisia: Reconciliation Between the People and the Government?

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...

Lebanon: Protests Against Sectarian Regime

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...

Côte d'Ivoire: Who Killed the Seven Women Protestors? (Videos)

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...

Yemen: More Protesters Killed as Political Plans Multiply (Videos)

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...

Morocco: Fadoua Laroui, our own Mohamed Bouazizi

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,...

Cote d'Ivoire: Can The Calls for Peace be Heard?

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...

Puerto Rico: World Day of Solidarity with the UPR

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....

Mozambique: Global Voices and @Verdade Newspaper

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...

Puerto Rico: News of Caño Martín Peña

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...

Puerto Rico: Violence and Music?

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...

Latin America, Caribbean: Increase in Food Prices

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...

Peru: First Presidential Candidate Debate

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.

Puerto Rico: New Artist Collective

The new artistic collective La Tachuela [es] aims to “fixate on starving minds the fruits of collective creativity.”

Puerto Rico: Social Protest and Institutions

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].

Côte d'Ivoire: Facebook and Twitter, Messengers of Death

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...

Cuba: USAID controversy?

Along the Malecón suggests “10 reasons why the U.S.-funded Cuba programs are intriguing and controversial.”

Jamaica: political satire thrives

“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...

Bahrain: Hamad Town Fight Sparks Rumours and Sectarianism

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...

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