14 March 2011

Stories from 14 March 2011

Angola: Music with identity

  14 March 2011

Mário Rui Silva takes us through the musical life of Angolan legend Carlos Lermartina: In 2005 came his fourth record “Frutas do Chão são Coisas Nossas” (Fruit from the ground belongs to us) a “tribute to the life style of the Angolan people and a special focus on the country’s...

Botswana: Maun International Poetry Festival 2011

  14 March 2011

Maun International Poetry Festival 2011 in Botswana is just around the corner: “Performance poetry is taking Botswana by storm and if you are a fan like I am then on the 26th of March all your roads will lead you to Maun for the inaugural Maun International Poetry Festival 2011.”

Mexico: Impact of Documentary ‘Presumed Guilty’

  14 March 2011

Gancho reports that PAN, a major political party in Mexico, “has proposed that all bids for public contracts be videotaped, as a check against corruption.” He ties this proposal to the documentary ‘Presumed Guilty‘: “This may just be posturing, and the impulse behind it may be temporary, but this is...

Hong Kong: Panic Over Milk Powder Shortage

  14 March 2011

Hong Kong has been hit by a shortage in infant milk powder due to mainland Chinese customers buying large amounts of the territory's baby milk formula. Local Hong Kong parents have called for intervention policies from the government, such as a milk powder departure tax to stop smugglers from reselling for profit.

Japan: On Catastrophes and Miracles, a Personal Account

  14 March 2011

Blogger Chikirin shares her personal story of how she experienced the Japanese earthquake on March 13, 2011, with the post “On Catastrophes and Miracles”. She was on a business trip to Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, when the quake hit some 250 kilometers away.

Lebanon: Women's Anger At New Tourism Campaign

The Lebanese online community has responded angrily to a new campaign by the country's Ministry of Tourism, which aims to attract potential tourists from around the world with thoughts of Lebanese women. A letter of protest from a group of female netizens is demanding the advert's recall - and an apology.

Japan: “Not That Sound Again”

  14 March 2011

The sound of Japan's Earthquake Early Warning system is stuck in people's heads, as aftershocks continue in the days following the major earthquake on March 11, 2011. The alert is starting to wear on citizens, and comments from microblogging site Twitter show the fear and uncertainty that is inherent with the familiar tone.

Brazil: Reactions to Egyptian and Middle Eastern Crises

  14 March 2011

From January 25, 2011, the world followed the course of the Egyptian revolutionary conflict, awaiting the fall of Hosni Mubarak, which finally arrived on 11 February after weeks of protest. In the wake of Egypt's crisis, the Brazilian blogosphere was filled with analysis, celebrations and prognoses for the future.

China: Learning from Japan

  14 March 2011

Ministry of Tofu blogs about Chinese netizens’ reflection upon their own anti-quake measures after seeing how Japanese government and society handled the deadly magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

China: Microblogs Can’t Give Us Justice

  14 March 2011

China Media Project‘s fellow, Zhang Ming argues that microblog cannot give people justice, on the other hand, it may reinforce the myth of benevolent official come to deliver justice upon people's request.

Azerbaijan: Great People's Day a pointless adventure?

  14 March 2011

In a critical post Analoqu olmayan bloq :) [AZ] comments on the 11 March pro-democracy protests staged by youth in Baku, capital of of Azerbaijan. The blog says that the event failed to achieve its goals and might actually have pushed the government to tighten its grip even more. It concludes that...

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