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2 January 2013

Stories from 2 January 2013

New Year and Old Habits in Bahrain

While countries around the world ushered in the New Year with fireworks and celebrations, a special line-up of treats from the authorities was awaiting Bahraini protesters. Luckily, netizens were up...

Cats, Guns and Spoils of War in Rural Idlib, Syria

Maaret Misreen, Syria–Omar, a former marketing student at a private university in Damascus, is living a life he never could have imagined. He’s originally from Idlib, one of Syria’s smaller...

Mauritanian Women Speak up against Rape

A group of Mauritanian women launched an initiative against rape and all other forms of violence against women in their country. Entitled “Etkelmi or Speak up” [ar and fr], this campaign...

Sixteen Teachers Arrested in Mauritania

On December 23, Mauritanian authorities arrested 16 teachers who had heckled the Education Minister in protest against their arbitrary transfer to remote posts, for having taken part in last year's...

Harasser Identified by Bloggers in Bangladesh

An unknown guy posted a prank video of slapping a girl online and shared through social media apparently to harass her. Some Bloggers took notice and used crowdsourcing to expose...

Trinidad & Tobago: Tech Trends, 2013

ICT Pulse shares six ICT/tech trends that the region is likely to see this year.

Jamaica: The 2012 Aaron Matalon Award

We must dream backwards / Towards the source / We must row back up the Centuries… The National Gallery of Jamaica Blog notes that jeweller and sculptor, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan, has...

Honey Singh's ‘Misogynist’ Lyrics Divides Bollywood

Indian Punjabi rapper Honey Singh’s new year performance was canceled after an online petition was circulated on social media. A First Information Report (FIR) has also been lodged against him...

Ted Henken's Review of Cuban Blogosphere

The academic and blogger Ted Henken offers his year in review of the Cuban blogosphere.

Mauritius and Reunion Island Brace for Cyclone Dumile Impact

Lexpress.mu reports that Mauritius is on high alert [fr] as cyclone Dumile makes landfall on the island. Agaléga island was hit hard [fr] and was in blackout for 24h. Réunion island is...

Podcast: China's Blog Scene

How has the China blog scene changed in the past two years? Sinica Podcast hosts two bloggers writing on China: Eric Fish from the Economic Observer who also writes for...

TEDxSanaa: Inspiring Hope In Yemen

Despite the turbulent year Yemen experienced in 2012, a group of Yemenis worked very hard to end the year on a positive note. The TEDxSanaa team succeeded in staging, for...

Struggling to Make Sense of the Deadly Stampede on New Year Day in Abidjan

Tree trunks laying on the road seem to have triggered the stampede that killed 60 and injured 49 during a new year celebration in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The fact that...

Social Media Buzz: Rebels Lose a Charismatic Commander in Syria

Millions of Syrians are using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Skype to disseminate and discuss the conflict. Each week our Mohammed Sergie monitors the online conversation...

WCIT and its Relationship to the Internet: What Lies Ahead

With this third installment, we conclude Vía Libre Foundation's analysis of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), held in Dubai from December 3 to 14, 2012.

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