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· April, 2014

Stories about Weblog from April, 2014

30 April 2014

Does the Caribbean Sanction Violence against Children?

A blog that discusses issues of violence, sexual assault and child abuse is infuriated at Caribbean governments' response to recent allegations of child exploitation in some state institutions.

The Subway: The Arteries of New York City

Bringing together art, culture, and urban legends, New York City's subway system inspires mixed feelings in its customers.

Some See a Success Story. Others See a ‘Thieving’ Undocumented Immigrant

Betty Wong was smuggled into Hong Kong from mainland China in 2003 when she was 8. Her story, from undocumented immigrant to medical student, was met with online attacks.

29 April 2014

Spare the Rod, 10 Tips From a Peaceful Parent

The Bridge

After people applauded the discipline in a viral video of a mother hitting her child in Trinidad, our Caribbean editor felt compelled to share her thoughts on peaceful parenting.

Activists Battle Religion, Tradition in Gambia's Female Genital Mutilation Fight

Aja Babung Sidibeh followed cultural tradition and became a female genital mutilation (FGM) practitioner after the death of her parents years ago in her native Janjangbureh in the Central River Region...

MH370: Australian Prime Minister Talks Up Hunt for Missing Airliner

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks up the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370.

Bangladeshis Are Not Happy With India's Bharatya Janata Party

Subramanian Swamy said Bangladesh should compensate India for its undocumented migrants there by giving the country one-third of its land. A Bangladeshi hacker group hacked 300 government websites in retaliation.

28 April 2014

Good Enough to Work: Low Pay and No Rights

Undocumented labor contributes to the U.S. economy and this contribution would not be possible without a workforce among whom millions have already risked incarceration, deportation, physical abuse, and death.

Colombia: Gustavo Petro Returns as Mayor of Bogotá

The Superior Court of Bogotá issued a judgment which reinstates Gustavo Petro in his post as mayor of Bogotá. The reactions for and against were immediate.

27 April 2014

Pakistani Spies, Mir and the Missing People of Balochistan

The Bridge

After Pakistan's top TV newsman was shot, a vicious media war between single-minded nationalists and his TV station ensued leaving the story he was working on in the dark.

So You Need to Get Around Madagascar?

Public transportation can be a challenge in Madagascar. The country's road infrastructure is antiquated and underdeveloped and overcrowded buses and minivans are often the only option.

8 Shocking Quotes from Malaysian Politicians

Balik Cina is a new website which compiles some of the hilarious and notorious quotes made by Malaysian politicians.

26 April 2014

‘There Was No Palestine'?

A number of Twitter users are challenging the common Israeli discourse that Palestine never existed through the hashtag: #there_was_no_Palestine.

Tunisia: ‘I Too Set a Police Station on Fire’

Tunisian netizens have taken to social media to denounce the judicial prosecution of 2011 revolution protesters accused of "setting police stations on fire".

“HeartBleed”: Defect in Information Encryption Threatens Internet User Security

"Catastrophic is the right word. On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11."

Macedonian Activists Attempt to Break Media Silence on Corruption Scandal

The majority of Macedonian media failed to relay a documented claim by Macedonia's largest opposition party about the prime minister's involvement in a corruption scandal. Social media users stepped in.

25 April 2014

Fighting Rising Acid Attacks Against Women in Colombia

A recent spate of acid attacks against women in Colombia provokes feelings of sadness and hopelessness among its citizens.

24 April 2014

Hordes Flock to ‘Apparition’ of Jesus in Cameroon Home

"I am still waiting for someone to post a selfie with Jesus at Odza."

VIDEO: Iranian Students’ Protest During Conservative Politician's Speech

Students at Iran's Amirkabir University in Tehran chanted slogans supporting Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, leaders of the pro-democracy Green Movement.

Algeria's Opposition Report Threats, Intimidation Following President's Reelection

An amendment to the country's constitution had allowed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has been in power since 1999, to run again.

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