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We’re not tracking the Haiti earthquake ourselves, but here are a few links to those who are…

– CitizenTube’s rolling playlist of Haiti videos on YouTube
– The NYT’s list of those tracking the earthquake on Twitter
– Reuters Alertnet’s live blog
– Reuters’ own live updates
– Washington Post’s live blog
– Matisse mentions our friends at Global Voices Online

If you know of other great resources, especially sources of video, please add them in the comments.


[Cross-posted from the WITNESS Hub Blog.]

Xinhua is reporting that more than 150 people have died in the clashes in Urumqi since 5th July, and more than 1,000 have been injured.

Riot police have been deployed to quell the protests, which began over the perceived mishandling by local authorities of a fight at a toy factory (listen to this overview from The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts) – today they dispersed protests both by Uighur women demanding the release of young Uighur men, and by Han Chinese men wielding weapons.  The Guardian’s Dan Chung and Tania Branigan were on a media tour organised by the Chinese authorities when they came across the Uighur women’s protest – click the image below to watch their video report.

Xinjiang protests

Over the course of today, we’ll point to key bits of analysis and footage coming out of Xinjiang (in addition to the sources I pointed to on Sunday – notably ESWN is compiling a lot of sources, and The Guardian’s got a good round-up of web-based coverage).  Here’s a note of interest about China’s information suppression strategy from the NYT today:

Internally, censors tightly controlled media coverage of the unrest and sought to disable the social networks that opponents might use to organize more demonstrations. Cellphone calls to Urumqi and nearby areas have largely been blocked. Twitter was shut down nationwide at midday Monday; a Chinese equivalent, Fanfou, was running, but Urumqi-related searches were blocked.

Chinese search engines no longer give replies for searches related to the violence. Results of a Google search on Monday for “Xinjiang rioting” turned up many links that had already been deleted on such well-trafficked Chinese Internet forums as Mop and Tianya.

BBCAccounts of Xinjiang violence |   Q+A on China and the Uighur minority |  Images of today’s protests

NYTNew protests in Western China after deadly clashes |  Photo sildeshow |   More about China’s Uighur minority |  Media tour goes very, very badly for the Chinese authorities

Protests outside Chinese embassiesNorway |  Turkey |  Germany |  Netherlands


[Cross-posted from the WITNESS Hub Blog.]

Several media have reported violent clashes in the city of Urumqi between Uyghurs and Han Chinese (see NYTThe TimesBBC) – and now BBC Chinese is reporting that Urumqi is today under curfew.  Urumqi is in the historically Muslim region of Xinjiang, currently being referred to in the MSM as “restive”, and one of the poorest regions in China (here’s some analysis of a recent Asian Development Bank loan to the region to improve infrastructure).  These riots seem to have been sparked by a smaller dispute between Han Chinese and Uyghur workers at a local toy factory.

Some mobile phone video showing large crowds gathering in Urumqi has found its way onto YouTube,, and it’s now on the Hub.  There’s also one possibly relevant image on Flickr tagged Urumqi from today, and a couple more via a Twitpic user.  As more video gets out, we’ll keep posting it here.  In the meantime, you can follow developments via these groups, in addition to the media sources above:

● Uyghur American Association
● Uyghur Human Rights Project
● International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation

Here are the words for Urumqi (乌鲁木齐) and riots (暴动) to help in your Chinese-language video searches…

And these Uyghur-focused blogs:
● Sue Sue San
● Transnational Middle East Observer – on the Turkish president’s visit to Urumqi a week ago

Finally, here’s a bit of background on another Uyghur-related controversy, the demolition (from reading the reports, one might say “Haussmannisation”) of the Old City part of Kashgar, another city in Xinjiang:

● Danwei
● Carl Cassegard


[Cross-posted from the WITNESS Hub Blog.]

– Technorati tracking blog updates on Mumbai
– Mumbai Twitter users sending updates to the Mumbai group
+ Global Voices link changed below


There have been coordinated attacks on an unprecedented scale by gunmen, as well as bomb blasts, in several locations in the Indian city of Mumbai. There are also reports of a serious hostage situation inside the Oberoi Hotel. CNN-IBN has live video, BBC has footage, and there are updates coming from bloggers throughGlobal Voices.

As you’d expect, there’s a lot of information emerging as to who might be responsible, how many have been wounded or killed, and what’s happening right now, but in addition to the sources above certain places are emerging as nodes of information:

If you are in Mumbai and want to let people know you are OK, Dina suggests you click here, or use your Facebook or IM status message to let people know.

Vinu’s posting updates via Twitter and photos via Flickr. If you’re using Twitter, you can add #mumbai to your tweet to add to the stream of conversation and information.

Xeni Jardin and the Boing Boing community are pulling together news/other sources here.

More as we get it – please email with relevant video links.