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· May, 2014

Stories about Weblog from May, 2014

31 May 2014

Police in Macedonia Strong-Arm Journalists Into Erasing Riot Arrest Footage

The riots, sparked by the murder of a 19-year-old, created tension between ethnic Albanian and Macedonian populations of the capital city Skopje.

30 May 2014

Young, Hip and Worshipping Shiva in India

The Hindu deity Shiva has carved out a firm place in India's pop culture, appearing on TV and in books, movies and even tattoos.

Rwanda: The Good, the Bad and the Hopeful

Although Rwanda has made great strides in recovering from the 1994 genocide, advocacy groups continue to report human rights violations.

29 May 2014

Sisi Wins Egyptian Presidential Elections; Only Opponent Sabahi Comes in Third

General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a landslide victory, topping his only oppopent Hamdeen Sabahi, who came in third place. After three days of voting, Sisi won 93.3 per cent of...

Shooting the Messenger: Jamaica's Brendan Bain Controversy Continues

The controversy over Jamaican Professor Brendan Bain's court testimony in the Caleb Orozco case in Belize continues. Everyone's talking, but is anyone listening? A few bloggers peel away the layers.

China Puts Squeeze on WeChat and Other Messaging Apps

China cracks down on instant messaging platforms including the WeChat messaging application ahead of the 25th anniversary of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen.

28 May 2014

Balochistan Marches for School Safety as Panjgur Braves Boko Haram-type Threats

Thousands marched chanting “we want education, education is our basic right, save education," after threats from militants forced dozens of private schools in the town Panjgur to close.

What Happens When a Muslim, Jew, Christian, Atheist and Agnostic Travel the World Together?

Victor, Josselin, Samuel, Ilan and Ismael all belong to different religions (or none at all). Together, they created the InterFaith Tour.

Another Singer Arrested in China for Praising Tibetan Identity and Culture

Following Tibetan singer Gepe's arrest in China, here's a roundup of similar arrests along with some of their music videos from YouTube.

Thai Coup Selfies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

There is reason to be less worried as long as we see Thai coup selfies on our timelines. Coup selfies provided the latest information about the political situation in Thailand.

27 May 2014

Remembering the Lima Football Tragedy, 50 Years On

On May 24, 1964, 300 people were killed at the Lima National Stadium as a crowd fleeing tear gas were crushed against the close doors of the sports venue.

“Why Edward Snowden Wishes He'd Sought Asylum in Poland”

Edward Snowden's name echoes once again through an irreverent advertising campaign.

Driven by Facebook Rumors, Violent Mob Murders Brazilian Woman

A police sketch posted on Facebook and a vicious online rumor ended with the lynching death of a 33-year-old housewife.

Brazilian Colonel Found Dead A Month After Confessing to Torture

Paulo Malhães, a 76 year-old retired officer, was killed at his home in April. In March, he admitted torturing and murdering people during the country’s dark dictatorship period.

Jamaica Blog Day: Environment or Development?

Development at the expense of the environment is a hot topic as Jamaica tries to find ways to ensure economic viability...but must it be an either/or proposition?

Should the Family and Friends of Terrorists in China Be Punished Too?

Some Chinese are calling for the use of “lianzuo”, a form of collective punishment, for acts of terrorism in the wake of the latest attack that left 39 people dead.

26 May 2014

Students Discover a Mummy During an Expedition in Coastal Chile

Students from the Archaeology Academy of the America School discovered skeletal remains that surfaced as a result of an earlier April earthquake in northern Chile.

PHOTOS: 20,000 People Protest in Macau Against ‘Bill of Greed and Privilege’

A bill would give the head of government in Macau, a special administrative region of China, criminal immunity while in power and continued monthly compensation after leaving office.

10 Things You Need to Know About the Coup and Crisis in Thailand

What provoked the army to launch a coup in Thailand? Are Thais supportive of the coup? Will elections solve the crisis? What is the situation of the media? #ThaiCoup

25 May 2014

Serbian Bloggers Censored for Criticizing Flood Relief Efforts

Bloggers, journalists and rights-conscious Internet users have flooded the Serbian web with republications of a blog post condemning the government for stifling free expression during the country's state of emergency.

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