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· January, 2014

Stories about Weblog from January, 2014

28 January 2014

Guyanese Website Could Be Game Changer in Regional Crime Fighting

Crimefighting in Guyana is changing thanks to a new website - and there's hope that the technology could tip the balance in favour of the good guys throughout the region.

Presidential Debate in Panama Creates More Questions Than Answers

The second presidential debate took place on January 20 in Panama. Panamanians interacted on social media with a debate that seems to have been left in question.

Supporting the Rights of Malian Youth to Education

Mali's education system faces multiple challenges, but activist groups are coming together to tackle them head on.

Calypso, Race & Political Allegiance in Trinidad & Tobago

The 2014 Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago is heating up, as a controversial calypso is banned from live performances at a venue whose owner often courted controversy himself.

27 January 2014

Prominent Kenyan Writer Binyavanga Wainaina Comes Out as Gay

Wainaina said that the recent passage of an anti-gay law in Nigeria was one of the things that made him decide to come out.

Nine Questions for Arien Chang Castán, a Photographer from Havana

"This damned Havana is a double-edged sword, which I thank for who I am and what I do," says Arien Chang Castán.

Egypt: Is Sissi's Promotion a Step Closer to the Presidency?

Abdel Fattah El Sissi's promotion to field marshall has created a buzz online, with many wondering whether it paves the way for him to run for presidency.

Congrats Tunisia on the New Constitution!

Bloggers from across the region paid tribute to Tunisia for adopting a new constitution, three years after the ousting of dictator Zeine el Abidin Ben Ali.

Tunisia's Constituent Assembly Adopts New Constitution

It was a historic day for Tunisia, which voted in favour of a new constitution, three years after the ousting of its dictator, at the beginning of the Arab revolutions.

Egypt: What's Next for Field Marshal El Sissi?

Egypt's army head General Abdel Fattah El Sissi is now a Field Marshal. It is not clear whether this is a prelude to him running for president.

Alarm Bells Ringing (Again) Over China's Housing Bubble

Continuously jumping home prices has raised concerns again about real estate bubble in China as the government refrains from introducing more property curbs that would hinder economic growth.

26 January 2014

Skepticism and Expectation Ahead of Ruling on Maritime Boundary Between Chile and Peru

On January 27, 2014, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will announce a decision on the dispute about maritime delimitation between Peru and Chile.

Cries of Discrimination as Israel Detains Undocumented African Immigrants

Many have fled their home countries for Israel and are seeking refugee status. The detentions have unleashed a wave of demonstrations in Tel-Aviv.

Bangladesh Gets Its First LGBT Magazine, ‘Roopbaan’

"Finally Bangladesh is prospering. I had to leave Bangladesh for being gay, now I feel like going back and do[ing] something there."

China Sentences Citizens’ Movement Icon Xu Zhiyong to Four Years in Prison

His imprisonment is part of a crackdown by new Chinese Communist Party leadership under President Xi Jinping against political liberals who have been trying to advocate for constitutional reform.

Brazil's Evolving Relationship With Refugees

The number of refugees accepted into Brazil practically tripled from 2012 to 2013.

Pig Photos Censored in Malaysia

Photos of pigs were blackened out by a printing company in the Malaysian edition of the New York Times. The 'pig censorship' shocked many people in the Muslim-majority nation

Chinese-Style ‘Tiger’ Parenting Triggers Complaints Among Younger Generation

"[They] kill innocence during children's’ childhoods, kill our romance during adolescence and kill our will during our youth."

25 January 2014

Things I Love About South Sudan

Twitter users share their love for South Sudan using the hashtag #ThingILoveaboutSouthSudan. South Sudan has been at war since December 16, 2013 after an attempted coup.

Bloggers from Angola and Mozambique Release Hip-Hop Mix Tape

Two bloggers and hip-hop promoters from Mozambique and Angola met online and the result became a compilation of 30 hip-hop tracks from Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique and Angola.