16 March 2011

Stories from 16 March 2011

Russia: An Alternative Rating of Russian Bloggers

RuNet Echo  16 March 2011

LJ-user Ognenna have compiled an alternative rating of Russian LiveJournal bloggers based on the citation of their names in wordstat.yandex.ru. According to the rating, the most cited bloggers are: Artemiy Lebedev (graphic designer), Boris Nemtsov (opposition politician), Anastasia Volochkova (rowdy ballet dancer).

Japan: Social Art and Design for Earthquake Relief

  16 March 2011

Three design-related projects have emerged out of the destruction of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast of Japan last Friday 11 March, 2011. They encourage the sharing of artwork and logos to help in the wake of the disaster.

Brazil: Two more cyclists get hit in Porto Alegre

  16 March 2011

Two cyclists were run over on March 13 in Porto Alegre, informs the blog Massa Crítica (Critical Mass) [pt]. Just a few days before, Global Voices had reported on a controversial “accident or attempted murder”  of 12 to 20 cyclists in a bicycle event in the same city.

East Timor: Konis Santana, a Humble Guerrilla Hero

  16 March 2011

Like any country born out of a protracted armed resistance, stories in East Timor of division from within the resistance are various, and quite potent. But one guerrilla figure who appears to have a powerful and unifying appeal is Konis Santana, who never lived to see his people gain independence.

Brazil: International Women's Day and Amnesty

  16 March 2011

As part of the celebrations of the International Women's Day, on March 8, six former political prisioners received the offical amnesty by the Brazilian Government, says [pt] Rogério Tomaz Jr, from the blog Conexão Brasília-Maranhão. These six women were  honoured for the persecution they suffered during the Military Dictatorship (1964-1985)

East Timor: Why is Transparency Important?

  16 March 2011

Curt Hopkins, from the blog ReadWriteWeb, comments on the Timor Leste Transparency Portal [en, pt, tet], recently launched by the Timorese Government. Hopkins raises some questions on the relevance of financial transparency in Timor's context, and calls on readers to discuss it.

China and Japan: Complicated Relationship

  16 March 2011

Jottings from the Granite Studio has two posts looking into the the Sino-Japanese relation. The first post depicts a mixture of envy and empathy; the second post looks into the historical base for this complicated structure of feelings.

Ukraine: Comparing Fukushima to Chernobyl?

  16 March 2011

The media are increasingly present the situation at Fukushima as the world’s worst nuclear accident since the Soviet-era Chernobyl disaster. This news has hit home in Ukraine, where Chernobyl is located and where memories of the terrible events of 25 years ago are still very much alive.

Lebanon: Bloggers Snub Hariri Rally

Inspired by uprisings across the Arab world, former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri held a rally in Beirut on Sunday calling for the disarming of the powerful Shi'ite Hezballah movement. Despite attracting thousands of supporters to the rally, Hariri failed to make an impact online as the Lebanese blogosphere largely snubbed his demonstrations.

Bahrain: Bloody Crackdowns on Villages

On Tuesday, before King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa announced a State of National Security giving powers to the army and other forces to secure the country, police carried out crackdowns across a number of villages in the central area in Bahrain.

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