Stories about Citizen Media from August, 2013
Three Youths Harassed After Speaking Catalan at Music Festival in Spain
Two cases of Catalanophobia, this time reported at Valencia's Arenal Sound festival, once again caused a stir on the Internet.
‘No’ to Homosexuality, ‘Yes’ to Child Marriage in Nigeria
A man was beaten for allegedly been gay in Nigeria where lawmakers recently passed a bill to criminalise homosexuality and voted for a clause to legalise child marriage.
Are Female Vigilantes The Answer To Stop Rapes In India?
India, reeling from the news of another woman gang-raped in Mumbai, is searching for a way to stop these sexual crimes.
Leaked Chinese Document Warns Against the Evils of Western Values
The directive reaffirms President Xi Jinping's political conservatism despite his economic reforms and tough stance on corruption.
Suspicions Arose Over North Korean Defector-Turned-Lawmaker
During a parliamentary hearing on the spy agency election interference scandal, Cho Myung-chul, a ruling party lawmaker famous for being the first North Korean defector to take a senior government post in South Korea, went under fire for making snide and offensive remarks discriminating against people from certain province. More criticisms mount as...
A Disappearing Generation of Indigenous Children in Kerala, India
Thirty-five tribal children in Attappady, India have died so far this year due to malnutrition.
Citizens Concerned as Agrarian Strike Escalates in Colombia
The government and farmers have not reached an agreement following four days of protest. Citizens meanwhile show their concern and call for action.
Jailed Blogger's Mother Begins Hunger Strike
The mother of jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has now joined him in a hunger strike to raise awareness for his plight.
Special Probe into South Korean Spy Agency's Electioneering Falls Flat
The investigation does not seem to be enough to quell public anger, which continues to grow over the agency's campaign of Internet posts that smeared the opposition.
A Lesson on Dignity from Syria
This post is part of our Special Coverage Surviving in Syria. On his Facebook Page, Rebel Painter of Horan expressed his cynicism towards the silence of Arabs silence following the “chemical weapon attack” on Al Ghouta, a Damascus suburb. He shares a drawing of an Arab giving a Syrian child a pamphlet on...
Syria: Photos of Chemical Weapons
On Brown Moses Blog more evidence illustrating what is believed to be the devices which have been used in the “Chemical Weapons attack” on 21/08/2013 in Damascus suburbs, Syria, has emerged. The blog claims that they are similar to those previously recorded in the conflict and reportedly launched by government...
Lebanese Blogger Beirut Spring Tweets from Tripoli Bomb Explosion
Lebanese blogger Mustapha Hamoui was a few metres away from the second blast, in his own apartment, when it occurred. He reports on the unfolding mayhem.
Brazilian Soccer Team Launches Campaign Against Racism
[All links lead to Portuguese-language pages unless otherwise noted.] In a video released Monday, August 12, the soccer team Grêmio of Porto Alegre brought together some of the key players on its roster, white and black, to talk about racism. The initiative was carried out in support of a new...
Navalny's Montenegrin Kryptonite or Russia's Invulnerable Candidate?
Information has emerged showing Navalny’s ownership of an active real estate company in Montenegro, established in 2007 and undeclared when he registered as a candidate for Moscow's mayor’s race.
At 89 Years Old, Zimbabwe President Mugabe Sworn in for Five More Years
Mugabe responded to allegations that the election was rigged in his favor by telling critics to "go hang".
Jamaican Media “Won't Call a Spade a Spade”
The questionable newspaper coverage of a fatal accident in Jamaica has one blog challenging the relevance of the country's mainstream media - not an uncommon gripe with regional netizens.
East Port of Spain: A Pawn in Trinidad & Tobago's Politics?
As violent crime heats up in the eastern end of Trinidad's capital city, two bloggers discuss how the situation is being played by the media, the police and the government.
Women Barred From Voting in By-elections in Some Parts of Pakistan
An undercover monitor for Pak Votes, an organization that monitors electoral fairness, succeeded in convincing polling officials at one location to not allow any women to vote.
Regional Elections Offer Russian Opposition No Escape from Internecine Conflict
As regional races heat up with less than a month to go before the September 8, 2013 election day, Russia's opposition parties are engaging in their usual tactics of attacking each other.
Caribbean: Tumbling Into Art
ARC has a list of 21 Caribbean artists you should be following on Tumblr.
Kyrgyz Press: Shocking Titles, Latest Tattle
Kyrgyz newspapers are hotbeds of hearsay. Thanks to Gezitter.org, a blog translating their pages into Russian, non-Kyrgyz readers can also enjoy - or endure - the barrage of gossip.