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6 March 2011

Stories from 6 March 2011

Russia: Putin Party

@MiriamElder is tweeting from the “racy ‘Putin Party’” taking place at one of Moscow's nightclubs: “No one here basically but strippers and photographers shooting the strippers”

Libya: That's Not Fighting, It's Fireworks and other #DesperateGaddafiLies

Libya's dictator Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi has long been known for eccentricities and blustering actions, odd writings and strange remarks. A new Twitter hashtag #DesperateGaddafiLiesRT collects some of these statements....

Saudi Arabia: What Saudis Demand

As protests engulf the region, Saudis too are making their voices heard. A petition addressed to King Abdulla is being circulated, with demands aimed at wide ranging political reforms. Also...

USA: Twittersphere Debates Kristof Column on Islam

A column by New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof riled the Twittersphere today. In the column, Kristof asks if Islam is the reason for stagnation in the Middle East and...

Pakistan: Grief And Loss And The Stripping Of a Nation’s Soul

“Pakistan’s vicious fundamentalists are stripping their nation’s soul, bit by bloody bit. God help them,” comments Dheera Shujan at South Asia Wired.

Nepal: Legalizing Prostitution

Nepali Blog is advocating for legalizing prostitution in Nepal.

Estonia: The Singing Revolution

Kovács & Kováts remind readers that some revolutions – like Estonia's Singing Revolution – are bloodless.

Maldives: Media Misleading People

Hassan Ziyau is furious that the Maldives media have twisted and sensationalized news reports of a child being decapitated during birth at IGM hospital, the largest hospital in the Maldives.

Libya: Zenga Zenga Meme Goes Viral

Gaddafi's now infamous "Zenga Zenga" speech has sparked a meme over the internet. Remixes of segments of the nationally televised address in which "The Guide" promised to "cleanse Libya inch...

Azerbaijan: Dirty deeds and cover ups

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines, one of the moderators of a Facebook group calling for pro-democracy protests in Azerbaijan on 11 March comments on the arrest of Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, one...

Saudi Arabia: Protests Reach Eastern Province

The flame of protests raging across the Arab world, from the Ocean to the Gulf, has reached the Saudi Arabian cities Al Qatif and Al Hafouf. More than 100 people...

Libya: Videos Expose Gaddafi's Violent Riposte

Amidst an almost complete internet and media blackout, videos still manage to come out of Libya, giving us a glimpse of what's happening on the ground. Here's a video round...

Morocco: Casablanca Protest Draws Thousands

Protests in Casablanca's Mohammed V square today drew thousands of Moroccans, as evidenced by the many photos and videos being posted online. Participants in the demonstration are demanding government reform...

Azerbaijan: Facebook activism or military service?

Democracy Now! comments on the case of Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, the Harvard educated activist detained in Azerbaijan last week. As one of seven moderators for a Facebook group calling for Egypt-style...

Brazil: Female Officer Strip Searched by Male Investigators

The Brazilian blogosphere reacts to a video recently released online in which a female desk officer with the state police of São Paulo is strip searched by male investigators from...

Armenia: Eurovision not with a bang, but a whimper

Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on the song to be entered into this year's annual Eurovision Song Contest and says it is disappointed by the choice. Moreover, the blog reluctantly says,...

Philippines: Reactions to Proposed National Bloggers’ Association

There is an ongoing debate among Filipino bloggers regarding the proposed formation of a ‘National Bloggers' Association'. Bloggers on both sides of the fence - those in favor and against...

Cambodia: HIV parade in Sihanoukville

An HIV Parade was held in Sihanoukville in Cambodia to raise public awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Cambodia: Save Boeung Kak Campaign

The Save Boeung Kak Campaign website provides updates and news reports of the struggle of Phnom Penh residents to defend their land and housing rights as the Cambodia government prepares...

Cambodia: Visual tour of life in Phnom Penh

Tuktuk Sessions is a website which features songs and everyday scenes in Phonm Penh, Cambodia.

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