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11 March 2011

Stories from 11 March 2011

Puerto Rico: Violence in the University

The Puerto Rican Association of University Professors of Puerto Rico (APPU) condemned the physical attacks [es]  a group of students perpetrated against the Provost of the Río Piedras campus, Ana Guadalupe....

Russia: Sochi Mascots, Politics, and Some Twitter

In an unprecedented move, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Committee was going to let the Russian people participate in the choice of the mascots, from their creation to the very selection....

Libya: Sub-Saharan Africans in Serious Danger

The crisis in Libya since the uprisings against Colonel Mouammar Gaddafi has not only had dramatic consequences for Libyans, but also for Sub-Saharan African citizens residing in Libya. Thousands of...

Azerbaijan: Youth Protest in Baku

Inspired by pro-democracy protests in Egypt and Tunisia, youth activists in Azerbaijan took to the streets in actions encouraged and coordinated by social media in what was their largest action...

Brazil: Where Violence Has an Age and Skin Color

On February 23, 2011, Brazil's Justice Department published the 'Violence Map 2011 - The Brazilian Youth', a study aimed at following trends in youth (15 to 24 years of age)...

Nigeria: Nigeria Votes 2011

Myweku.com speaks with Bayo Lambo about his new site, NigeriaVotes2011: “It’s a website and platform where potential voters and the curious alike can visit to view, research and indeed review...

Cameroon: Twitter Ban Will Stifle Innovation and Development

The government of Cameroon has forced mobile operator MTN to end its five-month old partnership with the microblogging site Twitter and to discontinue its Twitter short code service, Cameroonian blogger...

Philippines: Tsunami Monitoring and Quake Hoax

Following the strong earthquake that rocked Japan, a tsunami alert was issued in 19 coastal provinces of the Philippines. #Batanes and #Samar became global trending twitter topics. Batanes refers to...

Maldives: Fostering Extremist Ideas

Hassan Ziyau is not happy with Maldive's efforts to suppress extremist ideas where “hate preachers continue with hate mongering and brain washing the youth”.

Trinidad & Tobago: Pacific Tsunami Warning

“Just days after the morning of March 7 2011 when the costume, “Pacific Tsunami” won the 2011 King of Carnival title at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain…an...

Haiti: At the Intersection

Throwing Down the Water witnesses a scene which reminds her that “we contain infinite possibilities. And that if we accept the excuses most easily available to us, we are selling...

Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival Excess

Plain Talk thinks that this year's Carnival celebrations will be remembered “not for elevating as a nation and rising as a people, but for demonstrating what greed does to human...

Cuba: The Release List

The Cuban Triangle has the list of the most recent Cuban prisoner releases.

Cuba: Brother of Hunger Striker Detained

“The joy of the announcement Thursday evening that Cuban prisoner of conscience Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet was about to be released from jail, was tempered by the news that another...

Bhutan: Verdict On Raising Taxes

The Supreme Court of Bhutan has made a landmark verdict ruling that the government violated the Constitution by raising taxes without seeking the Parliament’s approval. Tshering Tobgay has more.

India: Euthanasia Debate Re-kindled

The Indian blogosphere is buzzing with mixed emotions after the Supreme Court of India rejected the mercy killing petition filed by journalist Pinki Virani on behalf of Aruna Shanbaug who...

International Solidarity Campaign: the “Acqua for life challenge”

“The Acqua for Life project aims to provide tens of millions of litres of clean water to the communities who most need it. The operation is due to start in...

Japan: Tsunami Strikes Coast, Leaves Nothing in Wake

Following the country's largest earthquake in recorded history, Japan is being hit by it's most ferocious tsunami. People across the country are glued to their TV screens as scenes of...

Cuba: “Could Cuba become the next Egypt?”

The popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have members of the Cuban blogosphere wondering: could Cuba become “the next Egypt”? Although reports and footage from Cairo inspired...

Japan: Tweets From Lviv, Ukraine

Ukraine-based @hiranotakaci (Hirano Takaci) tweeted this (UKR) and this (UKR) a while ago: “As for the earthquake in Japan, it's chaos in my feeds now. No gas and electricity, fill...

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