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16 March 2011

Stories from 16 March 2011

South Korea: Old Feuds Forgotten as Koreans React to Japan Quake

Forgetting old feuds between the two countries, South Korean bloggers and tweeps have expressed both deep concern and support for Japan in its time of crisis. Harsh criticisms meanwhile have...

Palestine: Protests for National Unity

Independent youth in Palestine called for protests in Gaza and the West Bank on March 15, 2011, showing their loyalty to Palestine rather than to Hamas and Fatah. Organized through...

Bahrain: Curfew Announced and An Officer's Funeral

On Wednesday afternoon, the Bahrain Defense Force announced in their 4th statement that a curfew will be imposed until further notice. The funeral of a police officer killed in duty...

USA: Science Bloggers Explain Earthquakes and Tsunamis

As Japan and the rest of the world struggle to make sense of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear scare, science bloggers are sharing facts to help explain what happened.

Philippines: Bloggers Dispel Japan Nuclear Scare Hoax

Hoax messages that sow unfounded fear and panic in the public about Japan's nuclear problems like avoiding acid rain and radiation exposure are circulating in the Philippines. Bloggers are quick...

Philippines signs Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

Lawyer Harry Roque was a witness when the Philippine president signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court last week.

China: Salt Radiation Rumors Fuel Widespread Panic Buying

An official message went out today aiming to reassure people that salt supplies would not be affected by radiation from Japan having leaked into the ocean. This sparked rumors which...

Thailand: Cleaning Pattaya Beach

Talen blogs about the clean-up drive in Pattaya Beach, Thailand.

Thailand: Who will dominate this year's elections?

Dan Waites, writing for Siam Voices, analyzes the chances of Thailand's political parties which will participate in this year's elections

Japan: Earthquakes Moving South? Anxiety Builds in Kansai

Just days after the massive earthquake which struck northeastern Japan, further geological tremors are taking place elsewhere on the island of Honshu. A series of quakes naturally has people living...

Indonesia: Bomb package exploded while being defused

Three bomb packages were sent to three targets in Jakarta, Indonesia. One bomb exploded while being defused by the police.

Russia: 80 Million of Russians to Go Online by 2014

Given current online trends in Russia, the Internet penetration in the country in 2014 will be as high as 71 percent with 80 million of Russians using the Web, the...

Cuba: Being Gay

Havana Times interviews a young gay man on the realities of homosexuality in Cuba.

Venezuela's Hip-hop Schools (Video)

Caracazo Media shares their short documentary featuring interviews (with English subtitles) and performances of students from an EPATU (Popular School for the Arts and Urban Traditions) hip-hop school in the...

Haiti: To Vote or Not To Vote

Throwing Down the Water says that the outcome of the Haitian election will be decided by which sections of the population vote and which stay home.

Russia: New Website Fights Corruption in Moscow University

New website MGIMOleaks.com is designed to fight corruption at prestigious Moscow State University of International Relations. People are urged to inform the site administration about any cases of bribery, scams,...

Bahamas: Energy Reform

“So here we are, two years after the last oil shock, and prices are over $100 per barrel again, with some forecasters saying they could pass the 2008 high of...

Senegal: March 19, National Day of Action

The winds of revolt are blowing across the Maghreb and the Middle East. Political opponents in Senegal are also getting in on the action by expressing their discontent at their...

Curacao: Attorneys’ Image

Karel's Legal Blog looks at the image of lawyers.

Cuba: Citizen-Generated Info

Generation Y is watching TV “when suddenly there’s the familiar face of Dagoberto Valdés accompanied by a description of a ‘counterrevolutionary element'”, noting that citizen media has afforded him “the...

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