Blog platform Maktoob again accessible

first_imgNews Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions YemenMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Yemen February 26, 2021 Find out more January 6, 2021 Find out more United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF April 1, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blog platform Maktoob again accessible RSF_en Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Organisation February 11, 2021 Find out more News News News Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months YemenMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information The blog platform Maktoob has been accessible again in Yemen since 31 March. The 2,000 Yemeni blogs hosted on this platform could not be updated for about week, without any explanation being given by the authorities or ISPs. Created in 2000, Maktoob is the Internet’s largest English-Arabic platform with more than 4 million users worldwide.——————26.03 – Access to leading Yemeni blog platform has been blocked for several days Reporters Without Borders condemns the fact that access to, a blog platform that hosts more than 2,000 Yemeni blogs, has been blocked for several days without any explanation being given by the country’s ISPs or the platform itself.“The situation of the Internet in Yemen continues to get worse,” the press freedom organisation said. “Without access to Maktoob, Internet users cannot post entries on their blogs and report news. President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s government is having a difficult time with a wave of social unrest throughout the country. We fear the authorities are adopting online censorship measures in a bid to silence these protests.”The information ministry denies blocking the site. But OpenNet Initiative, a partnership of academic institutions in Britain, Canada and the United States, has established that Maktoob continues to be inaccessible for the clients of the state ISP Yemennet. When reached by Reporters Without Borders, Yemennet refused to make any comment.The website of the Yemeni Socialist Party,, has been inaccessible since 12 March without any explanation being offered by the authorities. The YemenPortal news website,, is also inaccessible .Reporters Without Borders wrote to the information minister on 12 February requesting an explanation for the government’s Internet filtering policies. He did not reply. Internet users launched a campaign for the unblocking of Yemeni opposition websites on 15 February.On 12 March Reporters Without Borders released a list of “countries under surveillance” because of their Internet policies. Yemen is on the list.last_img read more


Getting people out of the payday lending trap

first_imgIt has been more than ten years since REAL Solutions began working with credit unions to find the right products and services to help low-wage working families build economic capability.  As a country, we have weathered the recession and we are looking towards a brighter future.  Yet, millions of Americans are still struggling.  66% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and even more startling is more than half of Americans have no savings to withstand an economic set back.  According to Business Insider, each year, 12 million of your friends and neighbors turn to predatory lenders to pay for that car repair, those school clothes or other emergencies.One very typical predatory loan is a payday loan which is a small short term unsecured loan which relies on a consumer’s (or in our case a member’s) next paycheck as a form of collateral.  Most of these loans are lethal to a person’s ability to accumulate wealth.  While some states do have limits to these types of loans, people are paying in interest 35 times that of the charges on a credit card or 80 times that of a mortgage or a car loan.I am saddened that while more information is in consumers hands, borrowers are still paying up to 574% and are entangled in a seemingly never ending cycle of debt.   In our early research around this issue, we found that not only were members of credit unions using payday loan products, oftentimes so were employees.  So what are credit unions doing about it? A lot. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more