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· April, 2012

Stories about Weblog from April, 2012

30 April 2012

Sri Lanka: Tackling Agricultural Surpluses

The Sri Lankan Government is facing a new kind of challenge, tackling surplus production of rice. However a Sri Lankan farmer sheds a light into the plights of the rice...

United States: Indig-Nación, the Spanish Newspaper of Occupy Wall Street

Yarisa Colón interviews Sofía Gallisá, a member of the editorial team of “Indig-Nación,” the new newspaper in Spanish of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

A Global Voices Guide to re:publica Berlin 2012

This week (May 2-4, 2012) thousands of minds will join in Berlin, Germany at an annual gathering called re:publica. A number of Global Voices community members will participate in over...

Cuba: Diaspora Reacts to Ferrer García's Release

Cuban prisoner of conscience Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia was released over the weekend. Diaspora bloggers comment on this most recent development.

Colombia: 12-Year-Old Boy Bullied at School Dies

A 12 year old who had been bullied for defending a classmate passed away last week. Although forensics ruled the cause of death was bone infection, his mother and some...

Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana: Is “Miss Black France” Acceptable?

While French people are still in the midst of the presidential elections, with its second round coming up on May 5-6, bloggers in the French overseas territories were buzzing about...

Iran: Street Sweeper Finds and Returns $500,000

An Iranian street sweeper named Ahmad Rabani found 1 billion Toman (about $570,000 US dollars) and returned it to the owner. As thanks, he received a 200,000 Toman ($120 US...

Portugal: Eviction Prior to Freedom Day Awakens Squatting Movement

As the pent-up frustrations of citizens in Portugal keep growing a year since the international “bailout” of the country's public debt, the annual celebration of Freedom Day on April 25...

Côte d'Ivoire: Reopening of Parliament Sparks Buzz Across Web

The second parliamentary term of the second republic of the Côte d'Ivoire opened on Wednesday 25 April, in Yamoussoukro. Through this event, Guillaume Soro, former prime minister and president of...

Malaysia: Thousands Joined Bersih 3.0 Protest

Thousands of Malaysians gathered in the streets in support of Bersih 3.0, a campaign for electoral reforms. But police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd. Hundreds...

29 April 2012

Ukraine: Netizens Discuss Dnipropetrovsk Bombings

There has been a great deal of speculation about the four bombings that rocked the city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, on Friday. The timing of the blasts is key to most...

China: The Heroine Behind Chen Guangcheng's Escape Arrested

He Peirong, a Chinese activist who helped blind lawyer and civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng escape his house arrest has herself now been detained.

Tunisia: Clashes Over Future of State Television

On April 25 a sit-in outside the offices of Tunisia's state television network that had lasted almost eight weeks came to an end. Protestors demanded the “cleansing” of the network...

Refugees: Online Media and Technology to the Service of Refugees

Two different organizations are using online media and technology to aid refugees and improve their lives. The first uses online and mobile tools to reunite refugees who have lost track...

28 April 2012

India: Protests Against the New IT Rules

In April 2011 the Indian government quietly issued amendments to the IT rules restricting web content that are designated as “disparaging,” “harassing,” “blasphemous” or “hateful.” The Indian netizens are campaigning...

Syria: Television “Confession” of Activist Ali Mahmoud Othman

Ali Mahmoud Othman, head of the media office of Baba Amr in Homs, was arrested in March. Now an exclusive interview, which many believe is a forced confession following his...

Liberia: Charles Taylor Guilty Verdict Received With Mixed Reactions

The Sierra Leone Special Court in The Hague has convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor of war crimes. Taylor was facing 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity....

Bahrain: Where is Abdulhadi Alkhawaja?

For some days there has been no news of imprisoned Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who has been on hunger strike since February 8. It is feared that Alkhawaja...

Philippines: Demolition of Urban Poor Village Sparks Indignation

At least one person was killed and scores were injured after police forces fired on protesting residents of Silverio Compound in Paranaque City, south of Manila, who were defending their...

27 April 2012

Malaysia: Rare Earth Processing Plant Creates Backlash

An Australian mining company has established a processing plant in Kuantan, Malaysia. But many Malaysians are incensed that this plant was constructed without consulting the residents. Netizens debate whether the...

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