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· August, 2013

Stories about Citizen Media from August, 2013

28 August 2013

Choosing ‘Exile’ Over Break-up, US Citizens Follow ‘Banned’ Spouses Abroad

Families tell their stories online through social media, where they also raise awareness about their cases and pressure US legislators to include their families in the much anticipated immigration reform.

Missing ‘Bar Heaven’ Patrons in Mexico Found Dead

The bodies of the missing youth from #BarHeaven have been uncovered in a secret grave in Mexico State.

27 August 2013

Trinidad & Tobago: No Action on Dog Control Act

Conference on Water Ends with ‘Empty Statements’ in Tajikistan

Tajikistan recently hosted an international conference on water. The event has failed to impress the country's social media users who believe that large summits are less effective than tangible efforts...

Russia's Political Firebrand: What Makes Navalny Tick?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia's best-known political blogger earned his fame fighting corruption in the private sector, but may now face five years' jail time on (possibly trumped-up) embezzlement charges. In the meantime, he's...

Peruvian Runners Win Mexico City Marathon

Kyrgyzstan to Become a ‘Beam of Light’ in the ‘Dark’ Region?

It Started With a Kiss: Footballer Causes Homophobia Debate in Brazil

A photo showing a footballer kissing a male friend has caused much controversy and debate on social media as machismo and acceptance go face to face.

Kazakhstan: Script Reform Is ‘Hardly Possible at All’

China Detains Prominent Online Critic on Prostitution Solicitation Charge

Web users are speculating that the charge against Charles Xue is part of a scheme by authorities to control influential liberals online.

Online Reporting of Bribery in Thailand

A Brick in the Wall of Tertiary Education in Barbados?

The government plans to cut subsidies for students at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Some call it "political treason" while others say the move has public support.

26 August 2013

Wikipedia in Guarani

Kazakhstan Eyes 2022 Winter Olympics

Young Kyrgyz and Tajiks Learn to Blog

Mexican Officials Vote to Change Transparency Laws: A Backward Step in the Name of Security?

Mexican officials have passed a reform that allows for the organisational body that guarantees the public’s right to access information to be overruled on national security grounds.

Crowdfunding Project in Brazil Seeks to Finance Independent Reporters

Russian Political Prisoners Ignored by Everyone

RuNet Echo

Twelve men and women currently on trial for their involvement in the May 6, 2012 riots appear to have been largely forgotten.

25 August 2013

Ugandans Blast President's Gifts to Country's Marathon Champion

President Yoweri Museveni gave Stephen Kiprotich, the marathon gold winner at the World Athletics Championships, a brand new Mitsubishi Pajero and a promise build him a three-bedroom house.

Chelsea Manning Case Surfaces Issues of Transparency, Security, Journalism, and Sexuality

What Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's case means for whistleblowers, journalism, state secrecy, security, and the transgender community.

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