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20 March 2011

Stories from 20 March 2011

Iran:Obama's Nowruz message

President Obama sent a Nowruz (Iranian New Year) message and said “though times may seem dark, I want you to know that I am with you.” Several Iranians write in...

Guinea: Miss Guinea France 2011 Speaks Out against Excision

Interviewed by Mrs Nenette Baldé on the blog nenehawa.com, Binta Diallo, the winner of Miss Guinea France 2011, thinks [Fr] that: “The worst is that little Guinean girls associate excision...

Togo: The Regime facing the Media

Bernard Bokodjin wrote [Fr] on his blog pambazuka.org: “In a country where the opposition is not strong enough [yet] nor well structured to counterweigh a repressive regime that violates the...

Haiti: Aristide’s return, the word “house” and today’s election

To say the twice exiled President Aristide is a mythic figure in the Haitian imagination is an understatement. To say he evokes strong emotions from Haitians, even less so. So...

Morocco: Peaceful Marches Across the Kingdom

Inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings, Moroccans have been taking to the streets since last February 2011, demonstrating week in, week out, calling for a reform of the constitution...

Palestine: Ongoing Protests for Unity

March 15th marked the beginning of protests for unity between Palestinians and an elimination of the political divisions in Palestinian society; however, on that day, protesters were violently dispersed both...

Pakistan: Protesting Against The Release Of Raymond Davis

Fatima Saleem narrates why Pakistanis are rallying behind protests against the release of the American security official Raymond Davis.

Pakistan: Investigating Loan Write-offs A Bad Idea

Feisal Naqvi at Monsoon Frog explains why the investigation into loan write-offs was a bad idea.

Sri Lanka: A Citizen Journalism App For iPhone

Groundviews introduces the Groundviews app, Sri Lanka’s as well as South Asia’s first citizen journalism app for Apple’s iOS platform.

Bangladesh: Seeking Constitutional Recognition Of “Indigenous” Population

Bangladesh Watchdog reports that thousands of ethnic minorities in Bangladesh are demanding constitutional recognition of their existence as “indigenous” population.

Pakistan: Blood Money Sets Raymond Davis Free

Raymond Davis, an American security official, was charged for two counts of murder in Pakistan and citing him as a diplomatic official the US State Department demanded his release under...

Haiti: The Entertainer, or The Professor?

According to the reports on Twitter regarding today's presidential election runoff in Haiti, the lines at polling stations are long, and voters at certain pollin were unable to find their...

Bahrain: A Video Timeline of Police Brutality

As international media focus shifts toward Libya and the rapidly unfolding events there, Bahrain government is unleashing a violent assault on pro-democracy protesters. Amid the media blackout, citizens are taking...

Côte d’Ivoire : Terror in Abidjan

Abidjan a connu avant le début de la guérilla qui sévit depuis quelques jours une série de violences inédites, des attaques contre les domiciles privés des adversaires politiques de Laurent...

Japan: How dangerous is low-level radiation?

Jake Adelstein reprinted parts of the scientific article entitled “The Uranium Widows: Why Would A Community Want To Return To Milling A Radioactive Element?” by Peter Hessler, hoping to give...

Malaysia: ‘Offensive’ Novel Creates Controversy

A recent controversy that has arisen in Malaysia is the issue of a novel used as a textbook for literature in secondary schools. Critics claim the book, which discussed the...

Japan: Manga artists draw comics to support Japan

A post at the Italian independent news website Linkiesta shows [it] the comics that several Japanese manga artists drew to express solidarity to their country.

Singapore: Reactions to Japan Earthquake Disaster

In this post, read the first hand account of Singapore students during the earthquake in Japan. Find out why a media giant in Singapore apologized for sending a marketing email...

Lebanon: Anti-Sectarian March on Mother's Day

Trella posts (Ar) the call for the Anti-Sectarian March taking place today, March 20, 2011, and considers it as a gift to all mothers. Mother's Day in Lebanon is celebrated on March...

Lebanon: Anti-Sectarian Movement

Isqat Al Nizam (Bringing Down the System) is a blog (Ar) dedicated to the rallies and demonstrations aiming at dismantling the Lebanese sectarian laws and system.

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