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· August, 2012

Stories about Breaking News from August, 2012

29 August 2012

Jordan: A Black Day to Protest Internet Censorship

'Over 150 sites in Jordan are going black, including the country's top new sites, to protest laws that restrict internet freedom #blackoutjo.' - On August 29, websites went offline to...

27 August 2012

Senegal: 18 Dead as Floods Paralyse the Country

Heavy rains led to catastrophic flooding in many regions of Senegal on August 26, 2012 with 18 dead and 42 injured so far. The Senegal government has launched a rescue...

25 August 2012

Venezuela: Chaos in Amuay After Oil Refinery Explosion

'The action radius for the propane spheres explosion is devastating. The entrance to Judibana and everything surrounding it is destroyed.' A gas tank explosion in Judibana, Falcón state, has left...

Venezuela: 19 Killed in Blast at Amuay Oil Refinery

Niger: Floods leave thousands Homeless in Niamey

22 August 2012

Tajikistan: Troops Open Fire on Protesters in Volatile Province

"What kind of an idiot could kill the person at a moment when even a minor altercation may lead to a new civil war in Tajikistan?" The protest began after...

Benin: Fear and Loathing as State of Emergency is Declared

21 August 2012

Ethiopia: Rage and Sorrow as Meles Zenawi's Death Confirmed

The official confirmation of the death of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s prime minster, has stirred both rage and sorrow online. Zenawi disappeared from public view immediately after the G20 meeting in...

Togo: Police Clashes with Thousand of Protesters in Lomé

20 August 2012

United States: Significance of Paul Ryan for the Hispanic Population

From the day that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, there has been extensive media coverage in favor and against the decision....

Pakistan: Government Suspends Mobile Services in Major Cities on Eid

"So whats the guarantee terrorists won't strike tomorrow or the day after? Why not close cell phone services, like forever?" A Pakistani netizen reacts to the temporary cell phone ban,...

19 August 2012

Puerto Rico: What's at Stake in the August 19 Referendum

Puerto Ricans have voted on a referendum to amend the Constitution. The are two proposed amendments: one to limit the right to bail and one that to reduce the number...

Saudi Arabia: Activist Reema Al Joresh Detained on Eid Day

"Greetings, the police arrested me and my children." - Reema Al Joresh, wife of a prisoner who has been detained for eight years without trial, was on her way to...

17 August 2012

Russia: Pussy Riot's Guilty Verdict

RuNet Echo

'The judge said one of the reasons for a “real sentence” was to “caution others”. ' - Russian and anglophone Twitter users respond to the guilty verdict and two-year prison...

Ecuador Reacts to Assange Asylum

"they talk so much about freedom of expression when in our own country IT DOESN'T EXIST!" - An Ecuadorian netizen criticizes the government's decision to grant asylum to the founder...

16 August 2012

Pakistan: Shia Target Killings Continue

On August 16, 2012, gunmen stopped a passenger bus in Mansehra, pulled 20 Shia Muslims off and killed them in cold blood. This is the third incident of targeted killing...

Ecuador Grants WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Asylum

After much anticipation, Ecuador announced it will grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange is currently inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Twitter has been buzzing with reactions...

DR of Congo: Congolese Star Koffi Olomidé Indicted for Assault and Battery

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