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2011 Special Coverage

2011 on Global Voices

2011 has been an extraordinary year for online citizen media content. Global Voices has been there as revolutions happened, dictatorships fell, and network effects rippled through the cities and neighborhoods…

Cameroon Elections 2011

The 2011 presidential election in the Republic of Cameroon will take place on October 9. It is considered by many as a foregone conclusion, but external observers believe Cameroon is…

Global Voices 9/11 Retrospective

Global politics and perceptions were affected by the September 11, 2001, tragedy in many different ways. Ten years later, we look back on a selection of Global Voices Posts that…

Global Development

Will the worst conditions of global poverty be alleviated by 2015? The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight development aimed at improving chances of survival in the world's poorest…

Macedonia Protests 2011

Young Macedonians have been protesting daily throughout the month of June 2011 against the police cover-up of a murder of a man during street celebrations for the election victory of…

Mexico's Drug War

In December 2006, Mexican President Felipe Calderón launched a major military operation against drug cartels. More than 4 years later, Mexico's ‘Drug War’ has claimed more than 35,000 victims. Many…

Uganda: Walk to Work Protests

In April 2011, inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, Uganda’s opposition groups staged protests against high fuel and food prices, calling on Ugandans in urban centers to walk to…

The Death of Osama Bin Laden

The death of Osama Bin Laden was first reported on May 2, 2011. He was killed by United States Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He was the founder of the…

Nigeria Elections 2011

The 2011 Presidential, National Assembly, Gubernatorial, and State Assembly elections in Africa's most populous country, Nigeria, took place in April 2011, against a backdrop of increasing local ethnic and religious…

Forest Focus: Amazon

In the Amazon rainforest region, deforestation impacts around 30 million people and 350 indigenous and ethnic groups. Yet the Amazon, and other forests like it, are fast-becoming major casualties of…

Japan Earthquake 2011

On Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:46:23 p.m. local time, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck Japan, the largest in recorded history. The resulting tsunami that swept the coast has resulted in…

Côte d'Ivoire Unrest 2011

Following the November 2010 presidential election, the West African nation of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) experienced a drawn out governance crisis after the two opposing leaders, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane…

Algeria Protests 2011

Since February 12 (#Feb12) Algerians have been demonstrating against corruption, high unemployment and an a rise in basic goods prices, even though the country is the fourth largest exporter of…

Morocco Protests 2011

Since the fall of the Egyptian president, Moroccans have been planning a movement of their own. On February 20 (#Feb20) the “movement for dignity” protested the frustration of some Moroccans…

Libya Revolution 2011

Since February 16, 2011, demonstrators have been protesting one of the world’s most intractable governments: that of Muammar Al Gaddafi. Coming to power in a September 1, 1969 coup d’etat,…

Gabon Unrest 2011

The West African nation of Gabon is experiencing a popular revolt against the rule of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, son of long-time strongman Omar Bongo who died only months before…

Egypt Revolution 2011

Inspired by the Tunisian uprising that overthrew longtime president Ben Ali, Egyptian citizens and activists organized mass protests on January 25, 2011, calling for economic reform and an end to…

Tunisia Revolution 2011

The attempted suicide of one man in the city of Sidi Bouzid in southern Tunisia in December 2010 to protest joblessness, sparked a popular uprising in defiance of the government…

South Sudan Referendum 2011

The Republic of South Sudan is Africa’s newest country. A referendum took place in January 2011 which resulted in 99% of South Sudanese voting for independence from the north. South…

WikiLeaks and the World

State secrets exposed by whistle-blower website Wikileaks this year keep causing the world to shudder. A video showing Iraqi civilians killed by U.S forces; a compilation of tens of thousands…

Puerto Rico Student Protests 2010/11

The University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, San Juan has experienced several rounds of protests and strikes since April 2010 by students and professors objecting to educational budget cuts,…

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