Stories from 8 March 2011
Moroccan women, who have long been at the forefront of the civil society's struggle for a better and more dignified life, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day today. Across the Moroccan blogosphere, male and female bloggers have been reflecting on this occasion.
As human rights atrocities continue across Libya, Tweeps, bloggers and netizens continue their debate on the effectiveness of establishing a no-fly zone over Libya to protect protesters, troops and civilians from air attack.
Have you wondered why there is no such day called International men's day? Nepali blogger Bhumika Ghimire explains why.
Groundviews publishes the English translation of a report which claims that all the graves in the LTTE Koppai cemetery in Jaffna were destroyed to erect an army Head Quarter.
Blogger Nepali gives 10 reasons showing the shortcomings of Nepali politicians which prevent them from being a great leader.
Erwin in The Latin Americanist features Argentina's Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo on International Woman's Day: “The ‘Abuelas’ were founded in 1977 with the aim of finding babies stolen during the ‘Dirty War’ period. In the 34 years since their creation, the group has reportedly identified over 100 children whose...
Based on the premise that "the explosion of mobile technology has given us an unprecedented opportunity to end street harassment," Hollaback! is encouraging women around the world to use the tools available to them to share their stories and geo-locate incidents and reports.
In Colombia, the celebration of International Women's Day has become a tradition, and it is reflected online with netizens sharing different perspectives through websites, Twitter and blogs.
Citing WHO statistics, Andy Engelson is surprised to discover that “United States’ traffic is as dangerous as Vietnam’s.”
Nicholas Farrelly, writing for the New Mandala, has counted 11 “successful” and 9 “unsuccessful” coup efforts” in Thailand in the past century.
Vietnam720 posts pictures of street vendors in Vietnam.
Despite being regularly blocked by authorities, Viet Tan thinks that Facebook can be a tool for civil disobedience in Vietnam.
Interesting Kenyan websites: “Chukua.com – yet another directory-type website.The thing that sets Chukua.com apart is that it is not only a directory but a marketplace – whereby you can set up an online “shop” on chukua.com. Maridadi.co.ke – is an online clothing store. The design is beautifully done. Kudos to...
Fiona blogs about Ghanaian photographer Nyani who has been working on a collection of photographs documenting the conditions faced by people in Ghana who are living with mental health issues.
This is a story of how a Kenyan blogger based in Rwanda invited Rwandan President Paul Kagame through Twitter to visit kids at The Ibirunga Tennis Court in Musanze Town. President Kagame replied after 30 minutes and ended up visiting them.
Volan objects [MKD] to using the term “donations” by the government officials, who use taxpayers’ money for photo opportunities that present them as sponsors instead of spenders. The latest example: buying buses from Ukraine for the state-owned public transport enterprise in Skopje.
From the very first days of the 2011 Libyan uprising, there has been talk of foreign mercenaries, both from Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe, within long-standing leader Colonel Gaddafi's commando units. Explanations and opinions from the African blogosphere are presented here.
Zimbabwe's first Facebook arrest: “39 Year Old Zimbabwean Vivas Mavhudzi has been arrested following a comment he posted on a Facebook page allegedly belonging to Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Jenny Hobbs explains how Liberian women mobile for peace after years of civil war: “Few people are aware that a group of women – calling themselves the Peace Women, dressed in colourful lappas (Liberian cloth), bright white t-shirts and white headscarves, were instrumental in bringing peace to Liberia.”
The post-electoral crisis across Cote d'Ivoire is dragging on since two opposing leaders, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara both claim to have won. A sequence of violent events have followed, and there seems to be no prospect of a viable solution.
Ciudad Juárez is considered the most violent city in Mexico with more than 3,100 murders recorded in 2010, with an average of 9 homicides per day. Women are not immune to this violence, and cases of femicides committed years ago are still unresolved. On this International Woman's Day, we are remembering the women of Ciudad Juárez.