2007 Special Coverage

Burmese protests 2007

Democracy activists aligned with Buddhist monks led massive protests of civilians throughout the streets of Myanmar. Burmese bloggers and citizen media were the main source for images, videos and live reports, in a country where Western media has virtually no access.

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto

The death of Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan comes at a crucial time for Pakistan, as a political emergency period was recently lifted, and elections are scheduled for January 2008. Bloggers writing from Pakistan and around the world have expressed shock and concern.

Pakistan Emergency 2007

On 3rd Nov 2007, the President of Pakistan and Chief of Army Staff Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency. Private television channels were taken off air, local phones and internet were blocked. Bloggers in Pakistan have responded to the situation, even as criticizing the government or mobilizing action could pose a risk to their personal safety.

Middle East Peace 2007

Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Leaders of Israel and Palestine once again showed up for peace negotiations in the United States at the end of November, but evidence of true progress is lacking. Bloggers in the Middle East vent their frustrations, hopes, and first hand experiences on the long, bumpy road towards peace.

Climate Change 2007

Global warming is already a life and death matter for many world citizens. Without new political solutions, the environmental crisis will grow beyond control. From 3-14 December representatives of more than 180 countries are meeting at a UN Summit in Bali, Indonesia to discuss a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.