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12 March 2012

Stories from 12 March 2012

Haiti: A Constitutional Issue

Haiti Chery comments on the amended Haitian Constitution, which “Martelly’s own commission has declared…to be a “fake.””

Cuba: Kept Away from Church

Pedazos de la Isla says that the closer the Pope's visit to Cuba gets, the more the authorities appear to be clamping down on citizens.

Barbados: The Internet & Global Dialogue

All a Roo's says of the Kony campaign: “It has pushed the world into a global dialogue about an international issue. Tell me that's not cool?”

Bermuda: Corporate Use of Social Media

After successfully tweeting for help with a service issue, Breezeblog says that it's “nice to see local companies finally starting to use social media effectively.”

Jamaica: Book Fair for 50th Independence

Nadine, Unscripted is excited about the week-long book festival in Kingston that will be part of the celebrations for the country's 50th year of independence.

With Gaza Under Attack, #TerroristIsrael Trends on Twitter

With the Gaza Strip under attack since March 9, 2012, activists introduced a new hashtag to remind people of previous assaults by the Israeli army against the Palestinian people, called...

Brazil: Mihoko Satou, a Bridge-Blogger After the Japan Earthquake

A year after the earthquake in Japan, we publish an interview with Mihoko Satou, a Japanese blogger who was born and raised in Brazil. Mihoko tirelessly posted translations on her...

Sri Lanka: Mob Revenge

Serendipity is concerned that the incidents of mob revenge in Sri Lanka are on the rise and wonders whether this has anything to do with the decreasing faith of people...

Pakistan: Ban And Politics

Pakistan Blogzine reports that the Pakistan government has banned the extremist Deobandi Jihadi-sectarian organization Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) which has been condemned by right wing political parties like Jamaat-e-Islami...

Greece: Folk Musician and Researcher, Domna Samiou, Dies at 84

Greeks all over the world express their sorrow for the death of Domna Samiou on March 11, the great singer of traditional Greek folk music, as well as their appreciation...

Ecuador: ‘March for Life’ Protests Mining

The March for Life, Water and Dignity started on March 8 from El Pangui, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and plans to reach the capital, Quito, on March 22, World Water...

Ethiopia: Outrage Over Abuse of Ethiopian Domestic Worker in Lebanon

A video footage that shows an Ethiopian domestic worker being beaten and dragged by force into a car under the gaze of bystanders outside the Ethiopian consulate in Beirut, Lebanon...

Germany: Email Monitoring #Bomb(e) Drops

German intelligence agencies examined more than 37 million emails containing particular search terms, for instance "bomb". Reactions in online media ranged between outrage and humor.

Colombia: Protests Against TransMilenio Bus System in Bogotá

On March 9 a peaceful protest against the Bogotá bus transportation system TransMilenio ended with clashes and looting at several stations, causing property damage, injuries and arrests. The National Student...

Latin America: The Civic Media Projects panel at SXSW

Miguel Paz from Poderopedia announces the Civic Media Projects in Latin America panel at SXSW, which will take place today, March 12, at 3:30 Austin time. Yesica Guerra from Crónicas de Héroes (Hero Reports), Lu...

Italy Condemned for Violations of African Refugee Rights

On February 23, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg came to a historic judgment that Italy had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by intercepting and sending...

Iran: Pro-regime websites protest against filtering

Some Iranian pro-regime cyber activists have objected recent blockage of their websites and weblogs like teribon.ir, due to ‘criticizing some political figures’. “The movement of demanding cyber activists’ rights” believes...

Brazil: What Happens If There's Another Oil Crisis?

The rise in the price of oil caused by the impasse between the Western powers and Iran has been a cause for concern not just for the European and North...

India: UP Elections – A Political Drama!

India recently saw conclusion of elections in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur. The major focus of these elections was on Uttar Pradesh, the largest state...

Egypt: Full List of Presidential Candidates

Egyptian blogger Bassem Sabry posts a full list of Egyptian presidential candidates.

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