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· August, 2012

Stories about Politics from August, 2012

24 August 2012

Syria: You are an Embarrassment to the Revolution

There are seven tell-tale signs for those who are "an embarrassment to the revolution" - any revolution. On Twitter, Syrian @NMSyria lists those signs.

Russia: Government Bans Serbian Film for Underage Sex and Drugs

RuNet Echo

On August 17, Sam Klebanov announced that Russia's Ministry of Culture has banned the release of a Serbian film called "Clip." Klebanov's company owns the Russian distribution rights to the...

Zambia: President’s Salary Secretly Hiked Twice in Three Months

Earlier this year Zambian President Michael Sata’s salary was discreetly increased by nearly 100 per cent together with those of other constitution office holders. No media organisation picked up the...

Tanzania, Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi ‘Tweets’ from Grave

"@zittokabwe please be better than I was. Not fun up here I am preparing 2 pay for some of this." A post-death tweet from Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to...

23 August 2012

Iran: Detained Green Movement Leader Moved to Hospital

Mir Hossein Mousavi, a key Iranian Green Movement leader, who was a reformist candidate in the 2009 presidential elections and eventually the leader of the opposition in the post-election unrest,...

Tunisia: Former Presidential Advisor Faces Military Trial Over Army Criticism

Ayoub Massoudi, a former advisor to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, faces a military trial over his declarations regarding the extradition of former Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi (under Gaddafi). He...

India: Social Media Blamed for Fueling Assam Unrest

'A temporary ban was put on bulk SMS and MMS. Local police swung into action and began arresting people forwarding ‘hate' SMS examples. Social media sites were warned to monitor...

22 August 2012

Arab World: Scenes of Eid from Syria, Palestine and Bahrain

Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim month of fasting - Ramadan, was commemorated with three days of celebrations across the Arab world, or so goes the...

Syria: Ali Farzat Insults Al Arabia Anchor for her Sect

Kazakhstan: Trial of Opposition Leaders Draws Pussy Riot Comparisons

“A Pussy Riot of our own” is how Kazakhstani netizens are referring to the judicial drama involving three opposition leaders accused of active participation in the Zhanaozen oil-strike that turned...

Morocco: Is the ‘Allegiance Ceremony’ a Thing of the Past?

The bay'a is the name of an annual ceremony of "allegiance" to the King of Morocco. Activists are planning to stage a counter-manifestation today to pledge "Allegiance to Dignity an...

Vibrant Maldives Eid Celebrations – Despite the Political Wrangling

When the Ministry of Islamic Affairs of the Maldives announced that the 2012 morning Eid prayers in the capital Malé were to be celebrated in an open space, it created...

Benin: Fear and Loathing as State of Emergency is Declared

21 August 2012

Puerto Rico: Social Media's ‘No’ Campaign Wins Big in Referendum

"140 characters focused so hard on raising awareness among people that today they broke the machinery put together by money. The NO won!!!" - A netizen reacts to the campaign's...

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

Guyana: Social Media Plays Role in Linden Solidarity Protests

The protests in Linden have spawned other protests in solidarity, both in Guyana and overseas - and social media, in the form of blogs, online videos and Facebook - have...

Blogs Blocked in Vietnam

Vietnam: Human Rights Lawyer Attacked

Graffiti in Times of Crisis

In the current economic crisis, graffiti in several cities is rife with social messages. Here is a sample of some urban artwork.

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