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22 March 2011

Stories from 22 March 2011

Côte d'Ivoire: After Failed Mediation, Is the Worst Yet to Come?

The meeting of five African Union (AU) heads of states about Côte d'Ivoire's state of electoral deadlock made it briefly possible to believe for a short while that a détente...

Guatemala: Presidential Couple to Divorce to Allow First Lady's Presidential Bid

As previously reported, Guatemalan First Lady Sandra Torres announced her candidacy for president; a bid that violated the constitution which forbids that the president's relatives become president. As a result,...

Peru: The Presidential Campaign in Videos

Juan Arellano gathers several videos from this year's presidential campaign in his blog Globalizado [es].

Bolivia: Bike Path Project in El Alto is Rejected

Blogger Mario R. Duran in Palabras Libres [es] regrets a decision by the Municipal Council of El Alto, La Paz to reject funding from the World Bank to build a...

Caribbean: Caribe Wave 11, the first simulated tsunami alert

On Wednesday, March 23, the first full-scale simulated tsunami alert exercise will take place in 33 countries in the Caribbean to test the effectiveness of alert, monitoring and warning systems...

Trinidad & Tobago: “Bocas” Launches

“Literature doesn’t just mean fiction and poems — it’s also about ideas, questions, and debates, and using the tools of reading and writing to understand the world”: The Bocas Lit...

Cuba: Curating Clandestinity

“In my neighbor city of Holguin, they are about to inaugurate the Museum of Clandestinity”: Crossing the Barbed Wire explains why, to him, it is a “museum of violence.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Upsetting Issues

From the state of health care to advertising campaigns, Plain Talk posts a list of all the things that are upsetting him.

Cuba: Last of the “Black Spring” Prisoners

Uncommon Sense has just learned that the two remaining prisoners of conscience from the “Black Spring” crackdown are scheduled to be released “and presumably allowed to remain in Cuba.”

Barbados, Bermuda: Cost of Development

“As Barbados citizens question the government’s decision to allow development at Cove Bay, our friends to the north in Bermuda are rising against a similar decision by their government to...

Morocco: The Winds of Change

For the past month, Moroccans have taken to the streets to call for a reform of the constitution and for the establishment of a democratic parliamentary system. On March 20,...

Haiti: Was Wyclef Shot or Cut by Glass?

Early on Sunday 20 March, 2011, while Haitians headed to the polls for the second round of a historic and controversial presidential election, a story about Wyclef Jean, the Haitian-born...

Africa: African Youths and Internet Governance

Gamel discusses the role of Africa youths in Internet Governance issues: “Young people can play a variety of roles as Internet users: developers, designers, researchers, content builders (bloggers, writers, etc),...

Ghana: Are bloggers under threat?

Are Ghanaian bloggers under threat?: “Governments and corporations have approached bloggers and those active in social media in Ghana, to find new avenues to disseminate their information. We can be...

Africa: Democracy in Africa

Computer language explanation of the democratic developments in Africa: “IVORY COAST: 60% [Alert: Virus-Gbagbo detected_Trojan Horse-Ouattarra in Quarantine], CONGO: Connection lost since 1997, NIGERIA: Starting Connection, ZIMBABWE: 404 Error –...

Nigeria: Popular blogger arrested

The Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) on Sunday arrested popular blogger Ikenna Ellis Ezenekwe (ukpakareports.com) for allegedly attempting to blackmail Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, a House of Representatives member representing Aniocha,...

Russia: Bots To Look For Extremism Online

Lenta.ru reported that Roskomnadzor, Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communication, intends to use a special software designed to spot extremist content online. The software will...

South Korea: Students Arrested for Breaking Security Law

Three members of a college study group were taken into police custody for violating the National Security Law. While the student claimed the group a purely academic one, the police...

Syria: Implementing Ushahidi to track protests

Syrian Revolution Map is a new Ushahidi instance launched in Syria to track ongoing protests in several cities based on citizen reports of protests, security patrols, dangerous locations, clashes, and...

Tajikistan: President’s Son Will Tackle Customs Crime

TajikVoice reports that the Tajik President’s son Rustam Emomali, 23, was appointed to a newly created government post within the Customs Agency to tackle contraband and customs violations.

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