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18 March 2011

Stories from 18 March 2011

Japan: YouTube to Reunite Earthquake Victims through Video

YouTube has opened the shousoku channel to help reunite people missing or lost after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan with their loved ones.  In the channel, videos recorded at...

Nepal: No To Sri Lankan Political Refugees

Seven activists from Sri Lankan opposition parties applied for political refuge in Nepal but the Nepali government declined their requests. Bhumika Ghimire wonders whether Nepal should have acted differently.

Haiti: Aristide's Return “Something Big”?

Haitian bloggers discuss the return of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide on the eve of the country's controversial election run-off.

Bhutan: A Helping Hand For Japan

A Helping Hand is an initiative taken up by individuals, both Bhutanese and the Japanese community working and residing in Bhutan to build a platform for people from wall walks...

Bangladesh: Negative News On Japan By Media

Shahjahan Siraj is disappointed with the Bangladeshi and Western media who reported mainly the negative news on Japan after the devastating earthquake and Tsunami.

Syria: Protests Across the Country, 6 Reported Killed in Dara'a

Syria is the latest country to join the wave of erupting protests across the Middle East. While previous calls for protests on 5 February failed, a renewed call to take...

Cuba: No Affiliation

“I say am an independent citizen, a free electron, and that my political platform is limited to demanding the decriminalization of differences of opinion”: Still, Generation Y is acutely aware...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: ARC Interview

Repeating Islands interviews Holly Bynoe and Nadia Huggins about their new magazine “focusing on works by contemporary artists practicing in the Caribbean and its diaspora.”

Cuba: Refusing Exile

Uncommon Sense says that for newly-released political prisoners like Linares and Biscet who refused to accept forced exile as a condition of their freedom, “the dictatorship is reserving the right...

Libya: Gaddafi Calls For Ceasefire as No-Fly Zone Begins (Video)

Tweeps react to the Gaddafi government's call for a ceasefire in response to the UN Security Council-imposed no-fly zone over Libya. Some see the fact that fighting continues around the...

India: Blocking And Unblocking Of Typepad, Mobango, Clickatell And Other Sites

Medianama has updates on reports that some ISPs in India appeared to have blocked access to certain sites, including blogging site TypePad, bulk SMS site ClickATell.com, Mauj Telecom owned mobile...

Africa: African food in the US

Khadidjha visits a Senegalese restaurant in Boston, USA: “I ordered Attieke which is a dish that is native to the country of Cote D’ivoire. Attieke is a dish make out...

Nigeria: Monitoring Elections Using ReVoDa

Monitoring Nigerian General Elections (2011) using ReVoDa Mobile Apps: “ReVoDa allows voters to report as independent citizen observers from their respective Polling Units across Nigeria, having registered to map their...

Argentina: Controversy Over Mario Vargas Llosa Attending Book Fair

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, Mario Vargas Llosa, has been invited to inaugurate the 37th International Book Fair in Buenos Aires. The invitation has sparked a debate among those...

South Sudan: On Vigilante Justice

Maggies blogs about vigilante justice in Juba, South Sudan: “In my experience as a Juba resident for the past year and a half, vigilante justice and citizen’s arrests, confused and...

South Africa: Black Queer South Africans Online

Free Gender is a blog by a group of 14 young Black Queer South Africans, living in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The group was started by Funeka Soldaat in 2008.

Tanzania: Getting honest about rural water supply

Tanzanians must get honest about rural water supply: “It's Maji [Water] Week, so a good time for some more analysis of key water supply issues. Several times this blog has...

Malawi: Fashion Police Blog

Fashion Police blog from Blantyre, Malawi: “Coz we do fashion on a budget in Blantyre, Malawi (however, some people need to be fined!)”

India: Furore In Parliament Over New Set Of Wikileaks

The latest round of India Cables from Wikileaks has led to a furore in the Indian Parliament with the opposition demanding an explanation from the Prime Minister. Netizens have been...

Lebanon: Is Politics a Social Media Taboo?

Are Lebanese bloggers politically apathetic? Bloggers react to a Global Voices article that claimed a rally organised by former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Sunday 13 March was "snubbed" by...

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