Stories about North America from September, 2012
Global: The 2012 edition of ‘Wiki Loves Monuments’
Julien L. wrote the following on numerama.com: The Wiki Loves Monuments copyright-free landmarks photo contest is going particularly well. Nearly a week after its launch, more than 50 000 photographs have been sent in by contributors. And this is just the beginning, because there are still 22 days left to...
United States: Occupy Wall Street, One Year Later
September 15-17 2012 marked the first year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Scenes that took place during the inception of the movement repeated themselves: hundreds of arrests were reported on Saturday the 15th amidst the protests that culminated on Monday the 17th in the neighborhood near the stock exchange.
Senegal: ‘Completely White’ Whitening Cream Stirs Outrage
Lightening the skin is a common practice in Africa where the sale of skin lightening products is legal in many countries. In Senegal, a product named 'Khess Petch' is creating controversy on the web, as its name means 'complete whitenesss'.
Bullying in a Networked Era: A Literature Review
A new report aims to help parents, educators, caregivers find answers.
China, US: Anti-Japan Protesters Stop Ambassador's Vehicle
A YouTube video uploaded by Weiwei Ai shows how a group of Chinese anti-Japan demonstrators stopped United States Ambassador Gary Locke's vehicle at the back of the US embassy to protest against America's foreign policy. Above is a screen capture of the moment.
Anniversary Interview with Occupy Wall Street Movement Activist
David DeGraw, one of the early participants of the 99% movement explains about the birth and development of the Occupy Wall Street movement around its one year anniversary. He touches on the organization's pitfalls and challenges as well as the future of the movement.
Sudan: YouTube Banned After Protesters Burn German Embassy
Angered by the trailer of a movie which insults Prophet Mohammed, made by an Egyptian in the United States and posted on YouTube, Sudanese protesters burned the German Embassy in Khartoum. Netizens weigh in as Sudanese authorities block access to video sharing site YouTube.
United States: Spanish Stands Out in Political Conventions
In the race for the White House, the political conventions held at the end of August and beginning of September served as a showcase for the Republican and Democratic parties. This year, the conventions demonstrated the continuously growing importance of the Spanish language.
In Sea of Censorship, China Allows Anti-Japan War Vitriol
A fleet of six Chinese surveillance ships has been deployed in response to the Japanese government's move to purchase three disputed islets from their private Japanese owners. Some Chinese netizens have reacted to the news with anti-Japan warmongering on social media channels.
Hollister Models Clown Koreans Via Twitter, Offending Asians
It is not the first time clothing brand Hollister went under fire for its racial gaffes. Recently, its male models tweeted several racial messages making fun of South Koreans, including photos of model posing with “Asian squinty eyes”. Korea Bang quoted a comment that read : People talk about how Hollister’s...
Arab World: Outrage Over Killing of US Ambassador in Benghazi
Arab netizens have condemned the cowardly attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last night. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens were killed when militants fired rockets at them as they were being driven to a safer location after protesters surrounded the consulate building.
USA: Video the Vote Seeks Election Monitors
Video the Vote is recruiting volunteer videographers to help document voting irregularities on election day across the United States. On November 6, 2012 they will be monitoring voter protection telephone hotlines and dispatching cameras to record any complaints of long lines, list purges, voter intimidation, or malfunctioning equipment.
China, U.S: GM Rice Experiment
Stan from China Hearsay blogs about the controversy over the American scientists’ GM food experiment in China.
South Korea: Samsung, National Champion or Corporate Evil?
Sure, Samsung might be seen by some as a national champion, but there are many who also see it as the epitome of corporate evil—and not without reason Wrote Robert Koehler in his blog post on a poll result showing South Koreans still support Samsung in its patent legal battle against...
Mujeres Mundi, Interviews with Extraordinary Women
Peruvian blogger Xaviera Medina de Albrand is the brains and energy behind the blog Mujeres Mundi, a space where she publishes her interviews with women from around the world. Xaviera talks to us about her life and her blog in this first part of a two-part interview.
Russia: U.S. Republican Convention in Context
Most delegates of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, United States, last week probably did not imagine that Russian netizens were commenting on the proceedings in real time. Indeed, Russian bloggers have developed strong opinions about the U.S. presidential contest.
Hong Kong: TV Station Claims London, Washington Behind Anti-National Education Protest
One of the two free terrestrial television stations in Hong Kong, Asia T.V, propagated that the anti-national education in Hong Kong is manipulated by foreign power from London and Washington to destroy Hong Kong. (More details in Badcanto)
United States: Radio Marti Features Cuban Porn Star
Miami-based, US government-funded radio station Radio Martí recently aired an interview with adult Cuban film star Angelina Castro. Bloggers on both sides of the Florida Straits reacted to the program.
United States: A Visit to Remember “El Barrio”
Andrew Padilla, a young Puerto Rican born and raised in El Barrio, New York, has decided to delve into his community in a very creative way. By launching a blog and a documentary, “El Barrio Tours”, Padilla explores the impact of “gentrification” in one of Manhattan's most prominent cultural axis.
Yemen: Anger as 13 Civilians Killed by US Drone Strike
Another US drone attack struck Yemen on Sunday in Al-Baydha, targeting the usual “suspected” militants. In what has now become a recurring theme, the target missed and according to local reports 13 civilians, including three women, were killed. Yemeni netizens turn to Twitter to express their anger
North Korea: Recap of its Satellite Development and Airspace Usage
North Korea Tech blog wrote a post on North Korea's space development and use of its airspace with data from he pulled from an old email archive, providing a bit of history. Attempts to open up North Korea’s airspace began gathering pace in the mid nineties. Flying over the country rather than...