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· November, 2013

Stories from Quick Reads from November, 2013

Economic Challenges For The New Nepali Government

Economic blogger Chandan Sapkota lists major economic issues the newly elected Constituent Assembly members will be facing as they commence their work.

Ukraine: Understanding the #Euromaidan Protests

It may seem to many that the #Euromaidan protests in Ukraine grew out of nowhere and overnight, but this is not the case. There is a long history behind the...

Impunity: The Biggest Threat to Freedom of Expression in Latin America

In the last 20 years, 670 journalists have been killed in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to delegates from the IFEX-ACL alliance, which recently presented their Annual Report on Impunity 2013: “Faces...

Be the Change – Share Stories of Civic Activism

Be the Change is a new website by CIVICUS for people to share stories of their own activism in order to inspire others or seek helping hands.

Keeping up with the 2013 World Forum for Democracy

The second World Forum for Democracy is currently taking place in Strasbourg, France. The motto of this year conference is “Connecting Institutions and Citizens in the Digital Age”.  Follow the...

Vote Counting Errors in Honduras Elections

RNS in Honduras Culture and Politics writes about some of the anomalies noted by observers of Sunday's elections in Honduras, “some of which have been corrected, and others of which...

Political Prisoners of China Playing Cards

Anthony Tao reviewed a card game at Kotaku. It is called “Political Prisoners of China Playing Cards”. The two jokers are: Xi Jinping and Hu Jintao. Top political prisoner is...

Buenos Aires to Host Indigenous Film Festival ‘BAIn’

Festival de Cine Indígena BAIn 2013 – Del 27 de noviembre al 4 de diciembre + info en http://t.co/nPt8ZxbKAU pic.twitter.com/C4BT1gEC32 — CineBAIn (@BAInCine) November 25, 2013 From November 27 to...

Collection of Articles on the Sacking of Popular Tanzanian Opposition MP

Ben Taylor shares a collection of articles on the sacking of Zitto Kabwe, a popular young Member of Parliament with the main Tanzanian opposition party, Chadema. Zitto was: […] was...

Jamaica: Not Quite All Right

Active Voice isn't so sure that the new Jamaica tourist board slogan is actually “all right”.

A Durian Village In Sri Lanka

In Southern parts of Sri Lanka the cultivation of Durian, regarded by many in southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”, is becoming popular as it has export demands. The...

China: Ai Weiwei's Flower Protest

The Chinese government has restricted artist-activist Ai Weiwei from traveling outside the country since 2011 when he was prosecuted with Tax evasion. To express his discontent, he decided to put...

France Replaces Central African Republic Ambassador on the Eve of Military Drive

France is set to send an additional 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic to  prevent an escalation of the conflict in the region. So it came as a bit of a...

Spanish Police Attempt Dead-of-Night Shutdown of Valencia Public Broadcaster

The Valencian government, belonging to the conservative People's Party, has sent the police at 3 a.m. to shut down the regional public broadcaster Ràdio Televisió Valenciana (RTVV) [ca]. Since the...

South Korea: A Thousand Buddhist Monks Join Protests Against Election Manipulation

Spurred by the latest revelation about South Korean government's systemic interference in the latest presidential election, more and more religious leaders have begun to speak out. Following Catholic leaders’ mass candlelight vigils,...

South Korea: Ordinary Citizen's Extraordinary Feat in Revealing Election Manipulation

Twitter user @zarodream has been receiving congratulatory messages from fellow South Korean Tweeters for providing crucial leads in unraveling the spy agency's election manipulation activities done via Twitter. According to interview [ko], @zarodream,...

Today: #AskGV About Central and Eastern Europe on Twitter at 8pm UTC

Have you heard of Bulgaria's year long protests involving self-immolations and university occupations? Did you know 100,000 Ukrainians protested after their government walked away from an agreement essential for EU...

Fashion Show in Japan Takes on Violence Against Women

Asian Women’s Association, a non-profit women's right organization is organizing a fashion show entitled Fashion Resistance to Militarism to appeal the issue of violence against women.

Honduras: Over 600 Femicides in 2012

A woman is killed in Honduras an average of once every fourteen and a half hours according to the Violence Observatory of the National Autonomous University of Honduras. The group...

VIDEO: Authorities Destroy Mosques in Angola

The destruction of at least 11 mosques in the last two months in Angola is provoking reactions of outrage online. According to Voz da América [pt], Angolan authorities state that the...

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