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John Liebhardt

I am a Librarian at an academic library in the United States.

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Latest posts by John Liebhardt

1 October 2009

‘Samoa will remember this day in her heart for ever’

Bloggers and citizen journalists are reacting to the massive earthquake and subsequent Tsunami that struck both Samoa and American Samoa, destroying crops, property and killing an estimated 150 people.

29 September 2009

People with disabilities and the promise of ICTs

The Future of ICT for Development

More than 600 million people in the world live with disabilities. Oftentimes, poverty and disabilities go hand-in-hand. Can the promise of ICTs help disabled people better integrate socially and economically?

22 September 2009

Africa: Will technophobia crash the ICT party?

The Future of ICT for Development

With the growing influence of ICT for development, can fear of technology and misunderstanding of its uses disproportionally affect the developing world? Here are a few examples of initiatives to...

21 September 2009

Can social media help make microfinance sustainable?

The Future of ICT for Development

Microfinance agencies provide loans to small businesspeople who often can’t meet the strict credit terms of large banks. Either these entrepreneurs don’t have the capital or the cash to back...

22 July 2009

Global: The push to boycott Shark Week

A group of scientists, scuba divers and self-described shark lovers are using the blogosphere to publicize their criticism of the Discovery Channel’s “horror-show” portrayal of sharks during its annual Shark...

16 May 2009

Blogger of the week: Mong Palatino

Meet Mong Palatino. To Global Voices readers, he is the Regional Editor for Southeast Asia and Oceania. In his native Philippines, however, he is known by his full name, Raymond...

15 April 2009

Fiji: The calm after the storm?

Last week Fiji's President nullified the constitution, fired the entire judiciary and appointment himself head of state and the armed forces. He then re-appointed the military-backed government of Frank Bainimarama....

13 April 2009

Fiji: ‘The Media has been Muzzled’

In relation to the press, Fiji's new government installed “information officers” at newspapers, television and radio stations to enforce regulations against publishing any story “negative in nature” regarding the extraordinary...

Fiji: President gives former PM new five-year mandate

One day after nullifying the constitution and appointing himself head of state, Fiji’s President swore in Commodore Voreqe Frank Bainimarama as the country’s Prime Minister. After being sworn in, Bainimarama...

11 April 2009

Fiji's President voids constitution, calls for elections in five years

Less than 24 hours after a Fiji court declared the country’s military backed government to be unconstitutional, Fiji’s president has voided the country’s constitution, made himself head of state and...

9 April 2009

Fiji: Court rules military government illegal

Fiji’s bloggers are reacting to a recent court ruling that deems the country’s military-backed government illegally came to power in December 2006. The court asks Fiji’s President to appoint a...

23 March 2009

Fiji: ‘It was stones, now it's molotov cocktails’

At least six people in Fiji who could be termed “public opponents” of the country’s military-backed government have been targeted by unidentified individuals who late at night have thrown large...

16 March 2009

Fiji: A step towards elections?

Fiji’s political parties may have taken a first step toward restoring Parliamentary democracy when they met with the military backed Interim Government and agreed on the issues to be discussed...

10 March 2009

Fiji: Rugby, politics and democracy

People in Fiji are slowly coming to grips with the fact the nation’s Rugby sevens team could not defend its World Cup title because it was beaten by upstart Kenya...

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