This special series is the result of a partnership between Global Voices and the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) in Switzerland who have commissioned Global Voices authors to seek out citizen voices worldwide
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, Gaddafi spent much of the next two decades attempting to spread the Third Universal Theory, his brand of revolution throughout the Middle East and also to Sub-Saharan Africa.
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 countless deaths and widespread destruction.
Inspired by the Tunisian uprising that overthrew longtime president Ben Ali, Egyptian citizens and activists organized mass protests on January 25 calling for economic reform and an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
Bahrain is one of the latest countries to stage protests in the so-called Arab revolution time-table inspired by uprisings in Tunisa and Egypt. Police have forcefully quashed demonstrations across the country, and both videos and photos of the crackdown are dodging internet censors, and making their way around the web.
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 his son was elected in October 2009. Citing allegations of election fraud, opposition leaders formed a breakaway government on January 26 with André Mba Obame as the self-declared president.