Stories from 11 December 2011
Russia: 13 Protest Tweets, 6 Photos “Storified” (Updated)
“Tens of thousands protest Russian election” – 13 tweets, 6 photos from the Dec. 10 rally in Moscow, “storified” on Storify.com by Colleen Kelly. (Update: A Storify compilation by GV's Asteris Masouras – “Russia: Post-election protests against Putin” – is here.)
Bangladesh: A Crowdsourced Platform To Report Violence Against Women
Bijoya Crowdmap, an Ushahidi based citizen journalism platform, is going to be launched on the 16th of December, 2011. It will enable Bangladeshis to report violence against women via sms and web.
Iran: A famous pilot talks against sanctions
Captain Hooshang Shahbazi, Iranian pilot who got famous after he successfully landed his Boeing 727 without the nose gear in mid October 2011, has launched a campaign [Fa] in his website against “civil aviation sanctions” on Iran.
India: Photos Of West Bengal Handicraft Fair
Sukanya C posts photos of the West Bengal Hasta Shilpa Mela (Handicraft Fair) which features artists and their art from all over West Bengal (India).
Pakistan: Protest against murder of Zarteef Khan Afridi
Beena Sarwar writes about the activities of the civic society in Hyderabad protesting the murder of Pakistani human rights activist Zarteef Khan Afridi.
Pakistan: English Should Be One Of The National Languages
Habib R. Sulemani introduces us to some of the new faces of Pakistan excelling English literature and thinks that English should be declared a national language along with other Pakistani languages.
South Asia: Challenges to Railway Connections Between South Asian Countries
Chandan Sapkota from Kathmandu analyses the obstacles hampering the implementations of railways connection between neighboring South Asian countries.
Sri Lanka: Full Moon In Jaffna
Sayanthan, a student of IT and Business Strategy captured the recent full moon in Jaffna with a nice photo and shares it.
India: The Legal Aspects Of Bollywood Plagiarism
Law And Other Things discusses about music or story-line plagiarism in Bollywood and how this can be prevented by a simple correction of the existing laws.
Egypt: A Baha’i Blogger's Take on the Elections
The Baha’is of Egypt number perhaps only 2,000 people, but over the years the community has faced discrimination and sometimes hostility. Global Voices Online has spoken to Baha’i blogger Wael about the current situation of the Baha’is in Egypt and the changes that the elections might bring.
Brazil: Life of Blogger Ricardo Gama Back Under Threat
Controversial Brazilian blogger Ricardo Gama, who was shot on a politically motivated attack back in April, now informs [pt] he has received new death threats in the last few days on his video-blog. Gama, a prolific blogger from Rio de Janeiro, often criticizes and denounces the government of the state.
Arab World to Gingrich: “If Palestinians Are Invented People, Americans Are …”
Palestinians are “invented” people, who want to destroy Israel, says US Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. His comments, in an interview with a Jewish television channel, have drawn the anger and ridicule of netizens across the Arab world.
China: Why Didn't Putin Come Pick Up His Confucius Peace Prize?
A renegade operation by Chinese leftists aimed at winning China some soft power points has backfired: Not only has the Chinese government tried to shut them down, but now a second recipient of their annual "Confucius Peace Prize" has declined to accept the award.
Kuwait: Christmas in Kuwait
Mark, from Kuwait, lists the places which have put up Christmas decorations in the Arab Sheikhdom. Tune into the comments for reactions.
Egypt: Celebrating Naguib Mahfouz's Centenary
Today marks the centenary of Egyptian Nobel laureate and leading novelist Naguib Mahfouz. The occasion is being remembered on Twitter.
Russia: “Why Are Russians Protesting Now?”
On Saturday, the world watched the biggest show of political activism seen in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union. This is hardly the first time Putin's Russia has been accused of undemocratic policies, so the question is, "Why are Russians protesting now?"
Russia: An “Ethical Revolution”
Photographer Oleg Klimov posts photos from the Dec. 10 rally in Moscow and describes it [ru] as an “ethical revolution”: “The issue at stake wasn't that of social justice, but of ethics. The regime has violated the universal laws of human ethics with its political technologies, and this is what...
Russia: Interview With an “Overseas Filipino Worker”
English Dad in Moscow interviews a woman from the Philippines who works as a cleaner and babysitter in Moscow: “I wanted to know how hard is to move here as an economic migrant, also known as a “OFW” (Overseas Filipino Worker) as I find it amazing that they move to...