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4 October 2011

Stories from 4 October 2011

Tunisia: Palestinian Bloggers Denied Entry to Arab Bloggers Meeting

The buzz surrounding the third Arab Bloggers Meeting, which opened yesterday in Tunis, is being marred by the absence of Palestinian bloggers, who were refused entry visas. Bloggers have joined...

China: The Cost of Space Ambition

China's launch of an unmanned space station last week, says the editor of a Tokyo-based newspaper for Chinese expats, has given Japan reason to step up its contribution to the...

Iran: “17 Million Iranians on Facebook”

A Basij official says [fa] that 17 million Iranians are on Facebook and filtering has been useless.

Iran: VPN access blocked

Iranian authorities [fa] confirmedVPN access has been blocked in Iran.

Colombia: El Puente_lab Making a Difference in Moravia, Medellin

In Medellín, Colombia, the project Hiperbarrio (Rising Voices project) is being developed along with other interesting projects that attempt to improve social inclusion and citizen media training. One project we...

UAE: Five Activists on Trial for “Insulting” President

Five activists from the UAE, including bloggers, are on trial for publicly "insulting" the country's president and top officials. The activists, who are in jail where they have allegedly been...

Azerbaijan: Down for the count?

Tamada Tales comments on remarks made by a senior member of the ruling government party in Azerbaijan in response to allegations made by the BBC that a senior official tried...

Africa: Maker Faire Africa 2011 is Here

Get ready for Maker Faire Africa 2011: “From October 6 – 8, 2011; Inventors, Developer, Makers, Idealist, Entrepreneurs and Bloggers will meet-up on the campus of American University in Cairo...

Africa: The African Photographer and the Camera

Learn about the African photographer and the camera from Nana Acquah: “Traditionally, the African photographer has been an artisan. He’s not been considered any different from a carpenter or mason...

Nigeria: Role of the Internet in Spreading Humanism

Critical Point explains the role of the Internet in spreading humanism: “The internet provides a forum, missing in Nigeria and similar countries, to have on-going debate and develop ideas. With...

Trinidad & Tobago: Wish List for Apple Announcement

TECHTT turned his “social media streams to gain some insight into what people were expecting or wanting” from Apple's big announcement today and gives out some awards based on the...

Bolivia: TIPNIS Marchers Determined to Reach La Paz

Dario Kenner updates his blog on the ongoing TIPNIS conflict. Despite last week's police repression, marchers are determined to reach La Paz. Dario says there are two main unanswered questions:...

Arab Bloggers Meet in Tunis

On Monday in Tunis, the 3rd Arab Bloggers Meeting kicked off with a day-long public conference. The meeting is co-hosted by Global Voices, Nawaat and Heinrich Böll Foundation and is...

Cuba: 486 Reported Political Arrests

“The month of September 2011 has proven to be the blackest month this year in Cuba”: Babalu explains why and Uncommon Sense adds: “The numbers just don't lie.”

Peru: Project Captures Stories of Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Catherine Binet, in her blog for The Advocacy Project, introduces the series Not One, but Fifteen Thousand Voices by the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF): “Yes, there are 15,000 missing...

Curacao: Remembering Our Heroes

TRIUNFO DI SABLIKA remembers the day in 1795 when “Tula and the rest of our liberation warriors [were] executed after they revolted against the Dutch slavery system”, saying: “One of...

Cameroon: Anglophone Nationalism Pops-up Ahead of Elections

As presidential candidates campaigned ahead of the 9 October polls in Cameroon, supporters of English-speaking separatist movements attempted a protest on 1 October in Buea the former capital of British-controlled...

Cuba: Simplistic Media Coverage

Without Evasion has harsh criticism for the international media's coverage of Cuba, calling it “bland, irresponsible and without ethical commitments.”

Jamaica: On Golding's Resignation

Jamaica Woman Tongue weighs in on the possible reason's behind the Prime Minister's resignation, while Girl With a Purpose is concerned that while Golding “has set the stage for Jamaica...

North Korea: Kim Jong-il's Grandson and His Footprint in Social Media

Kim Han-sol, a teenager believed to be the grandson of Kim Jong-il has blocked access to his social media accounts after media made numerous reports on his admission into a...

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