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14 March 2011

Stories from 14 March 2011

Bahrain: Letter from a Blogger, as Saudi Troops Enter

Hundreds of troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates arrived in Bahrain on Monday to help the government quell protests. Television news is saying nothing about what will...

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...

Pakistan: Letter Signing Campaign A Success

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...

Turkey: Still Considering Bid on Nuclear Plant from Japan?

Earthquake-prone Turkey is currently considering a bid on a nuclear power plant tender from a Japanese energy company. Selene Verri from Turkish Diary asks: “So, Turkey is going nuclear. Is...

India Renewable Energy Innovation Awards

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...

India: A Poem For Japan

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...

India: Equations For Cricket World Cup

Giri at Pen The Game chalks out the equations required for the Indian cricket team to progress to the next round.

Haiti: Election Threats

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...

Yemen: A Life-Threatening Message to Blogger Afrah Nasser

Yemeni blogger and journalist, Afrah Nasser, received a threatening message on Facebook on March 13 and decided to post it on her blog “so the entire world reads it“. The...

Russia: Fukushima Plant Disaster Triggers Nuclear Power Debate

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....

Cuba, U.S.A.: Gross Sentence

Bloggers discuss the sentence handed down to U.S. citizen Alan Gross, who was convicted “of distributing equipment to connect to the Internet.”

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Heroes Day

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...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Meaning of Equality

Coffeewallah thinks that women “the latest trend in female performers, to debase themselves or perform lyrics that are denigrating to women” does nothing for gender equality.

Cuba: Letter to Dr. Biscet

“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...

Jamaica: Skin Bleaching Perspective

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...

Jamaica: Enquiry Stalemate?

Jamaican bloggers discuss the latest developments in the Manatt Dudus Enquiry.

Africa: Increasing Female Participation in Science and Technology

Gamel looks at practical ways to increase female participation in Science and Technology in Africa: “I disagree with attempts to “level the playing field” through the practice of admitting females...

Africa: Of Africans and misogyny

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...

Africa: Database of Social Conflicts Launched

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,...

Nigeria: Vote for “Umblerra”

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...

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