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· January, 2014

Stories about Weblog from January, 2014

31 January 2014

China's Propaganda-Heavy New Year's Gala Fails to Impress Viewers

Known as Chunwan, the variety show regularly draws tens of millions of viewers every year and has become an essential part of Spring Festival celebrations. But its popularity is dwindling.

Don't Stop the Party: Copyright Issues Threaten Trinidad Carnival Fete

The Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago has threatened to shut down a popular Carnival fete, but organisers and patrons alike now have a voice through social media.

How Brazilian Taxpayer Money Finances Construction Projects in the Amazon

During three months, reporters from Agência Pública sought to uncover the trail of investments of the National Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) in infrastructure projects in the Amazon.

Egypt's Anti-Terrorism Law to Target Internet

Facebook, among other sites, will come under new scrutiny in Egypt, when a draft "anti-terrorism" law comes into effect.

Citizen Journalists Expose Police Brutality During Protests in Algeria

Protests, which shook El Guerrara town, exposed violent practices by the police in Algeria. Netizens filmed and denounced these practices. Abou Semmar reports.

Old Video of Official Slapping Chinese Tennis Star Li Na Goes Viral

China's sports system is notorious for its abuse of athletes.

30 January 2014

Landfill Smoke Continues To Hold Trinidad's Capital Hostage

For the fourth consecutive day, anyone venturing into Port of Spain has had to endure thick, toxic smoke drifting from the city's main landfill. Netizens are complaining on Twitter.

The Cost of Living in Rio de Janeiro Is Too Damn High

In Rio de Janeiro, you'll pay 72 reals (30 US dollars) for chicken stroganoff or 43 reals (18.20 US dollars) for a green salad. Residents have had enough.

New Spanish Cardinal Believes that Homosexuality is a “Defect”

"With all respect I am saying that homosexuality is a defective way of expressing sexuality," said the Spanish cardinal Fernando Sebastián Aguilar.

Circumstances Surrounding Aspiring Trinidadian Rapper's Death Still Murky

Talented rapper Titan Lee-Hai fell fifteen floors to his death from his dormitory building at NYU earlier this week. Online condolences from friends and fans have been pouring in.

Immigration: Issue Still Pending After Obama's State of the Union Address

Obama insisted that the lower house pass an immigration reform in order to legalize the status of more than 11 million undocumented workers living in the United States.

Japan's Taiji Fishermen Return to Infamous Cove for Annual Dolphin Hunt

About 250 bottlenose dolphins were rounded up this year in a secluded cove to be slaughtered for food or sold to marine mammal parks around the world.

29 January 2014

Trinidad & Tobago: Smoke in the City

With multiple fires at Trinidad's main landfill, citizens who work and live in and around the capital have been trying to deal with the effects of the thick smog.

Putting Faces on the Mysterious Disease Killing Nicaraguan Sugar Cane Workers

A fatal disease is killing sugar cane workers in Nicaragua. Photojournalist Ed Kashi wants to raise awareness about this mysterious epidemic through a documentary project that is looking for funding.

Coursera Online Courses Blocked in Syria, Iran and Cuba by US Sanctions [UPDATE]

Hit by US sanctions, Coursera students from Syria, Iran and Cuba, can no longer complete their studies on the online learning platform. Netizens react.

Lebanon: New Stamp to Commemorate Armenian Genocide

Lebanon will have a new national stamp released to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. The announcement was made by Minister of Telecommunications Nicolas Sehnaoui on Twitter.

PHOTOS: Drone Captures the Beauty of Thailand

Using a drone, Thailand-based blogger Richard Barrow shares several amazing landscape photos of Thailand. Drones were also used to monitor protests in Bangkok

28 January 2014

WeChat Users Send Virtual Envelopes Worth Real Money for Chinese New Year

In China, it is tradition to give red envelopes containing money as gifts during the Lunar New Year holiday. The red color symbolizes good luck.

China Awards Tennis Champion Li Na With Six-Figure Prize

The Chinese local authorities’ decision to award 800,000 yuan to China's tennis superstar Li Na shortly after her triumph at the Australian Open has triggered criticism among Chinese netizens.

Child Artists in Syria's Largest Refugee Camp ‘Zaatari’

Syria children at the Zaatari refugee camp, on the Syrian-Jordanian border, was showing off their artistic skills, writes Syria Untold.

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