Stories from 3 April 2011
Morocco: Tweet Your Way To Change
The Arab spring has brought about enthusiasm for change. As the walls of fear start crumbling, people feel empowered and start taking matters into their own hands. In Morocco, one of the central themes for change is education, and one blogger has been able to launch the debate using Twitter as a medium.
Pakistan: A Step Towards Decency, If Not Peace
Naeem Sadiq at Teeth Maestro points out an interesting fact: “each day as the flags are lowered at the Wagah border, Indian and Pakistani guards high-kick and stamp their feet in a vulgar display of aggression, anger and animosity.” The blogger wants this daily dose of hatred to be stopped.
Pakistan: Suicide Bombing By A Teenager
Adil Najam at All Things Pakistan reports that a suicide bombing attack on the shrine of a 13th century Sufi saint in District Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan killed more than 40 people. The murder was committed by a teenager, who himself is a victim in so many ways.
Russia: Another Bolshoi scandal
Two-Zero of Moscow Blog draws attention to another scandal at the Moscow Bolshoi theatre – this time due to hacker intrusion – only adding to its disrepute due to extravagant renovation costs.
Azerbaijan: Chaos as Riot Police Intervene in 2 April Protest
Inspired by popular uprising in the Middle East and North Africa as well as continuing the wave of pro-democracy protests in Baku, the last being held on 12 March, the opposition's latest “unsanctioned” rally took place yesterday. Twitter provided coverage of the heavy-handed dispersal.
Côte d'Ivoire: State Television RTI Possibly Broadcasting from a Mobile Truck
As Julie Owono explained, the battle over the control of Ivorian media is difficult to sort out. A report from Reporters sans Frontières suggests that RTI might be broadcasting from a mobile truck stationed in a private home (fr).
Syria: Two Returned Home Safely, Khaled El Ghayesh Still Missing
Last week, Egyptian-American Muhammad Radwan (known as @battutta on Twitter) was arrested in Syria and accused of spying, as well as of receiving requests from abroad for photos and videos about Syria. Yesterday, Radwan announced on Twitter that he'd made it home safely.
Puerto Rico: Controversial Decision on Domestic Violence
Puerto Rico's Supreme Court upheld a decision from a lower court that stated that a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her partner in an adulterous relationship was not protected by the country's domestic violence law. The blogosphere reacts to the decision.
Nigeria: Parliamentary election postponed for a week
The Nigerian parliamentary election, which kicks off two weeks of national elections originally scheduled to begin Saturday, has been postponed until Monday. The latest is actually that all elections have been pushed back for a full week. “A 48-hour delay is worth every second of the wait to get things...
Nigeria: Tweeps to follow during Nigeria Elections 2011
It is election time in Nigeria. Parliamentary elections have been postponed until Monday because of organizational problems. Presidential election will be held on 9 April 2011. This is our list of recommended tweeps to follow during election in Nigeria 2011.
Iran: Oxford investigates Rafsanjani's case
Mehdi Hashemi, an oil trader and the son of the former Iranian president Akbar Rafsanjani is being investigated by Oxford University after claims that his successful doctoral thesis proposal was written with the help of others. Khodnevis has published a cartoon on ‘Rafsanjanis’. Read more on Oxford related stories and...
Interview with Milton Ramírez, Global Voices Contributor
Milton Ramírez is one of the first Latin American collaborators for Global Voices and Global Voices en español. In this little chat, he tells us about his diverse activities, in which we can always find a link to his native land of Ecuador and technology.
Yale to set up campus in Singapore
Yale University, in cooperation with the National University of Singapore, will set-up the Yale-NUS College which will be Singapore's first liberal arts college. Bloggers debate whether the project will succeed and if it's wise for a local university to gain prestige by partnering with Yale instead of developing its own brand
Indian Cricket: A Journey Towards Excellence
Sidvee reflects on the past imperfections and the recent journey towards excellence of Indian cricket as India wins the 2011 cricket world cup.