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10 March 2011

Stories from 10 March 2011

Russia: The Dead Journal

Social networks strongly tie a person to themselves. The person opens a page under his/her name, puts out photographs, indicates interests, joins groups and communities, writes notes, shares impressions and...

Guyana: Grabbing Glee

Guyana-Gyal is full of glee!

Cuba: Hunger Striker

“Just like Sisyphus forced to push his stone uphill for eternity, Nestor Rodriguez Lobaina is enduring his latest arbitrary incarceration as a punishment for his unwavering commitment to civil disobedience”:...

Trinidad & Tobago: 2011 Carnival Winners

Bloggers report on the big winners of this year's Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, here and here.

Cuba: Privacy Protection

“On this Island…where every gesture of privacy is interpreted as evidence of a conspiracy, to take steps so that a message or information on our computers is protected has been...

Jamaica: On Lent

“My view on Lent is that it is really meant to be a time for personal renewal”: Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac considers ways in which he can best honour the...

Guatemala: First Lady Announces Her Candidacy for President

On March 8, First Lady Sandra Torres announced she would run for president. Her critics on social networks reacted to the news with harsh comments. Bloggers are focusing on two...

Paraguay: Citizen Journalism Project by ABC Digital

Mabel Rehnfelt, the editor of ABC Digital, writes a guest post in Journalism in the Americas Blog on how newspaper ABC has implemented a citizen journalism platform on their site:...

Latin America: A Cartoonist's Rendition of Today's Political Figures

In I'm crazy for you, Latin America!, Vitor Taveira previews a series of drawings of current Latin American political figures by cartoonist Luke Fontana. The set begins with drawings of...

Kenya/Nigeria: It feels good to be queer and African

Kenyan filmmaker and activist, Kagendo Murungi talks with Nigeria Queer performance poet and dancer, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene and filmmaker Selly Thiam project director of None on Record. They talk...

Côte d'Ivoire: Ushahidi gaining popularity among citizens

Collins discusses the deployment of Ushahidi platform in Cote d'Ivoire: “The website is rapidly gaining popularity among the Citizenry of Cote d'Ivoire as Users update via Facebook and Twitter on...

Kenya: Women and political office

The next election will be a good one for women candidates in Kenya: “According to the poll 60 percent of those surveyed would vote for a woman candidate. Women’s performance...

Mozambique: Where streets have no name

A photo of where streets have no name in Mozambique: “There is a city where there are signposts everywhere. And each signpost is empty of language. The citizens decide on...

Africa: African language Wikipedia update

African language Wikipedia update from South African blogger Greeman: “The process for forming a local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation was jumpstarted at a workshop at Wits University in August...

Iran: Female Police for International Women's Day Protests

On Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - International Women's Day - Iranian protesters (both men and women) went to the streets in defiance of their country's Islamic regime. Female security forces...

Côte d'Ivoire: Fear of Medicine Shortage Looms

The political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire is ongoing, without any prospect of a solution in the short-term. Doctors in the country have warned of the prospect of imminent medical shortages,...

Azerbaijan: Online activism under fire

Writing on East of Center, Transition Online editor in chief Jeremy Druker comments on official attempts to discredit Azerbaijani youth activists using social media to prepare for pro-democracy protests on...

Africa: Sandbox Launches in Africa

Sandbox is proud to announce the opening of its first hub in Africa. Based out of Nairobi, its aim is to unite the continent’s most inspiring young leaders, and to...

Cameroon: Netizens React to SMS-to-Tweet Ban

Cameroonian internet users were shocked to learn that "for security reasons, the country's government asked that posting on Twitter via SMS be suspended on the MTN Cameroon network". Many speculate...

International Women's Day Marked in Ghana with Awards Ceremony

Every year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic,...

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