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13 June 2011

Stories from 13 June 2011

Egypt: Exploring Twitter’s Potential on the Ground

Micro-blogging site Twitter has become an important discussion forum for young Egyptians since the start of the revolution, writes Lilian Wagdy. Activists recently hosted a Twitter forum (Nadwa) which brought...

Egypt: The Story of the Israeli Spy in Cairo

Ilan Chaim Grapel, an American immigrant to Israel, was arrested in Egypt last Sunday. Grapel has now been detained for 15 days as he is being questioned by the State...

Turkey: Election Results, Reactions and Hopes

The results of the Turkish general elections are in, drawing wide ranging reactions from Turkish bloggers. The campaign period for the elections had seen a change in rhetoric in many...

Russia: Bloggers Discuss the Fall of Russian Newspapers

A spate of firings at the nearly century old Russian daily Izvestia as well as the online news site Gzt.ru has journalist appealing to the public for their jobs, as...

Jamaica: “Dudus” Commission Report goes to Parliament

As the Manatt/Coke Commission of Enquiry Report goes to the Jamaican Parliament today, Girl With a Purpose is curious to see “if the report puts him [the Prime Minister] and...

Cuba: Confronting Fate

“Death always makes you reflect. In front of the mirror you tell yourself, “You too are at the mercy of the same power that took the lives of those dissidents....

Belarus: Crowdsourced DDoS Attack Attempts to Put Down President's Website

The website of Belorusian president Alexander Lukashenko is under attack by a crowdsourced DDoS attack hosted by PutinVzrivayetDoma.org, lenta.ru reported [ru]. @putinvzrivaet explained the purpose[ru]: “Because he [Lukashenko] had blew such...

U.S.V.I.: Thinking About Transfer Day

“On March 31st of 2017, the territory will have been an American possession for exactly one century”: A Nation or Nobody suggests that as the U.S. Virgin Islands approaches this...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Imagine Cup

TECHTT is “happy to see that Trinidad will have a representative team at Imagine Cup 2011…a student technology competition organised by Microsoft.”

Cuba: Farinas Ends Hunger Strike

Uncommon Sense confirms that Guilllermo Farinas has ended his hunger strike, which he began “to demand an independent investigation of the police beating death last month of dissident Juan Wilfredo...

Syria: Lesbian Blogger Amina is a Married American Man

Blogger The Gay Girl in Damascus turned out to be a straight married American man, who seems to have no issue in taking the world on a wild goose chase...

Colombia: Getting Ready for Campus Party 2011

Bogotá is getting ready to host the fourth edition of Campus Party Colombia, which will take place from June 27 to July 3, 2011. You can read more about it...

Ghana: Whose Land Is It?

Ghanaian blogger Kodjo looks at the problem of land ownership in Ghana: “The other day I spoke with one of the richest men in Ghana (founder of a large financial...

Singapore: ‘Save the World’s Saddest Dolphins’ Campaign

Twenty-five dolphins caught in the wild are being held in captivity in a Singapore gaming and spa resort. Animal lovers and netizens have launched a campaign demanding the release of...

Kenya: The Death of Cinema

Njeri discusses the death of cinema in Kenya: “Rising Cost of Living: I would attribute this as one of the main causes of the Cinema's demise. With the price of...

Malawi/Jamaica: Malawian Blogger Visits Jamaica

Malawian blogger Victor Kaonga blogs about his recent trip to Jamaica: “When it comes to African countries, three seem to have a special place in the heats of Jamaicans. These...

Macedonia: Spreading the Word About Protest and Civic Journalism

IT.com.mk has published an interview [mk] about civic journalism with Vnukot, the blogger who is providing a consistent coverage of the protests against police brutality in Skopje. Also, Al Jazeera...

Puerto Rico: Uproar Over Blogger's Story

An anonymous blogger's post narrating how she was insulted by a public official spread through the Puerto Rican blogosphere and social media, and made waves in the mainstream media. The...

Argentina: Quilmes Indigenous Community Faces Another Eviction Attempt

Intercontinental Cry reports that “Despite Argentina’s blanket ban on evictions of Indigenous communities, the Quilmes community of Colalao del Valle is facing its third eviction attempt in three years,” and ...

Peru: Protesters in Puno Demand Cancellation of Inambari Hydroelectric Project

Isabel Guerra, Global Voices author and translator, writes [es] that protesters in Puno are demanding the cancellation of the Inambari hydroelectric project. She adds that on Saturday, June 11, 1,000...

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