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· February, 2012

Stories about North America from February, 2012

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Taiwan: Say No to Ractopamine Tainted American Meat

  29 February 2012

Ractopamine, a leanness-enhancing feed additive, is banned in Taiwan and more than 150 other countries. However, under pressure from the US government, the newly elected Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is now considering lifting the ban.

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Tunisia: McCain's Visit Stirs up Anti-US Feelings

  27 February 2012

Senator John McCain's visit to Tunisia on Thursday, February 23, left Tunisian Internet users angry over what they called Ennahda's 'double standards.' Hundreds of Facebook comments, dozens of tweets and many pictures filled social media platforms frequented by Tunisians after a controversial picture of Tunisian Prime Minister, Hamadi Jebali, hugging the Senator.

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One Day on Earth: Global Screening of Worldwide Collaborative Film

  22 February 2012

The collaborative film One Day on Earth was filmed all on the same day, October 10, 2010, with more than 3,000 hours of footage sent in from all corners of the world. The Global Screening will take place on Earth Day (April 22, 2012) in every country of the world, with the assistance of World Heritage Sites and the United Nations.

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United States: Another Assault on Immigrant Culture

  20 February 2012

The decision to eliminate the Mexican-American studies program from the curriculum of schools has caused outrage. Yarisa Colón covers several initiatives that have been launched to stop this act of censorship against the culture of immigrants in the United States.

Iran: Execution waits for web developer

  19 February 2012

The Iranian-Canadian web developer, Saeed Malekpour, is going to be executed ‘at any moment’, a blog updates by his family and supporters reports. Mr. Malekpour is accused of running pornography websites by Iranian judiciary and convicted to death. Now his verdict has been confirmed and going to be carried out....

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Australia: Climate Skeptics in Denial Over Heartlandgate Controversy

  18 February 2012

Allegations of the Heartland Institute funding an Australian scientist to promote climate skepticism have brought denials from fellow skeptics in response to a barrage of criticism. Funding of and by think tanks, and their independence and objectivity, is an ongoing source of online debate in Australia

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China: The Political Drama of Wang Lijun's “Stress Leave”

  11 February 2012

Some background on Wang Lijun, the former police chief of Chongqing who sought temporary refuge in a nearby US consulate last week before turning himself over to central government authorities. More speculation than facts so far, but netizens have woven together a few plausible scenarios.

South Korea: American Missionary Sue North Korea for Sexual Torture

  10 February 2012

Robert Park, a Korean-American missionary and human rights activist who went to North Korea on 2009, sued North Korea for sexual torture. Park crossed into the country in protest of North Korea's human rights atrocity. However, as Marmot's Hole blogger wrote, the new has drawn some cynical reactions.

USA: Koreans in L.A. Protesting for Leading Critic of President

  1 February 2012

South Koreans in Los Angeles, United States, held a protest (video) for the immediate release of Chung Bong-ju, popular on-line critic of South Korean President Mr. Chung was thrown into prison after being convicted of spreading rumors/information connecting Mr. Lee to allegations of stock fraud.

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Global Voices Podcast: Occupy This!

  1 February 2012

Welcome to another edition of the Global Voices podcast. In this episode we talk through some of the ideas and issues surrounding the global Occupy movement and protests, as we listen to recordings from our team in different parts of the world.

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