· December, 2011

Stories about U.S.A. from December, 2011

USA: Has NASA Discovered a Life-Friendly Planet?

  14 December 2011

NASA has announced the Kepler Space Telescope discovery of Kepler-22b, a planet within the right distance of its star for potentially having a habitable temperature. Science bloggers have reacted to the news with analysis and theories of their own.

Iran: US virtual embassy blocked

  8 December 2011

Nima Akbarpour, Iranian blogger and IT journalist, says [Fa] that Iranian authorities have blocked US virtual embassy website, hours after its launch. He says that was predictable.

USA: Uncertain Future of Student Occupy Movement in California

  8 December 2011

The pepper spraying incident against a group of peacefully protesting students, which occurred on November 18th on the Davis campus of the University of California, has called the attention of the media and fueled the discussion on police misconduct. The student occupation continues, but the future of the movement is unknown.

South Korea: Anger Over Free Trade Agreement and Media Silence

  6 December 2011

Rallies have been held daily in the South Korean capital of Seoul for two weeks now, protesting against the country's free trade agreement with the United States. Citizens have expressed deep discontent, as well as strong distrust of the mainstream media who rarely report on anti-FTA protests.

Ashura Commemorations Around the World

  5 December 2011

Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a period of mourning for Shia Muslims. Events reach a climax on Ashura, the tenth day of the month. Ayesha Saldanha reports on Ashura commemorations around the world.

China, USA: Comparing Poverty Lines

  1 December 2011

China has decided to raise its poverty line to RMB 2,300 yuan (approximately USD 360) per capita income, but does the new poverty line reflect the reality of China's poor? And how does it compare to that of the United States?