14 March 2011

Stories from 14 March 2011

Palestine: Demonstrations For Unity Begin

Palestinians were not at first mentioned on the Arab “revolution timetable“, but a date for protests was indeed set for 15 March. These protests are taking place in towns and cities throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and the focus is Palestinian unity – a stand against the political divisions that have riven Palestinian society for many years.

Pakistan: Letter Signing Campaign A Success

  14 March 2011

Teeth Maestro reports that the “Silence Means More Blood” letter signing campaign in Karachi arranged by Center For Democracy on Saturday, March 12, 2011 was a success with 10000 signatures collected at the end of the day.

India Renewable Energy Innovation Awards

  14 March 2011

ThinkChange India informs that the last date for applications for the “atmosfair India Renewable Energy Innovation awards” is March 27, 2011. The goal of the awards is to promote the implementation of green low-end technologies to ensure a sustainable future.

India: A Poem For Japan

  14 March 2011

Raja Basu at Potpourri has this to say to the earthquake and Tsunami victim Japan: “Your ancestors faced Hiroshima bombing, and constructed a new Japan from the rubble of that devastation. Repeat that valour of your ancestors, and prove once again the resilience and buoyancy of your great nation.”

Haiti: Election Threats

  14 March 2011

The long-awaited Haitian election is finally scheduled to take place on March 20; the most recent political controversy involves presidential candidate Michel Martelly's threats to the media, accompanied by general references to grabbing power via “the streets”. Netizens are keeping a close check on developments…

Russia: Fukushima Plant Disaster Triggers Nuclear Power Debate

RuNet Echo  14 March 2011

The natural disaster unfolding in Japan after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake on Friday 11 March, 2011, is currently the one of the most widely discussed topics in the Russian blogosphere. One of the most worrying impacts of the quake and related tsunami has been at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Here, Russian bloggers discuss the question of nuclear energy.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Heroes Day

  14 March 2011

Today is National Heroes Day; Abeni explains why “the challenge…is to play our part in educating others on [Carib Chief] Chatoyer and why he is important to our sense of self.”

Cuba: Letter to Dr. Biscet

  14 March 2011

“Your release is rightfully considered a victory for all who fight for a free Cuba and most of all, for you and your family”: Uncommon Sense writes an open letter to Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.

Jamaica: Skin Bleaching Perspective

  14 March 2011

Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel gives a talk at the University of the West Indies; Active Voice comments: “Kartel is on the cutting edge of research and thinking about this phenomenon when he argues for the changing role skin bleaching plays in this society today.”

Africa: Of Africans and misogyny

  14 March 2011

Lady Jaye discusses Africans and misogyny: “It would seems Africans (yes, yes, I know I am generalizing) – both men and women – hate women. I can't think of any other explanations for it.

Africa: Database of Social Conflicts Launched

  14 March 2011

A database of Social Conflicts in Africa has been launched, Mac-Jordan reports: “The Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD) will provide information on over 6,300 social conflict events across Africa, including strikes, riots, protests, coups and communal violence dating from 1990 to 2009.”

Nigeria: Vote for “Umblerra”

  14 March 2011

Nigerian First Lady asks Nigerians to vote for “umblerra”: “An audio recording has emerged of Mrs Jonathan speaking at a rally of the ruling party. She was “trying to persuade her listeners to vote for the ‘Umbrella’, the unmistakable symbol of the Peoples’ Democratic Party.”