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4 December 2011

Stories from 4 December 2011

Thailand: 761,416 Webpages are Blocked

Freedom Against Censorship Thailand or FACT reports that 761,416 webpages are blocked in Thailand. Most of the websites, including Facebook pages, had been blocked because they are deemed offensive to...

Thailand: Corruption Rating

Bangkok Pundit writes about the latest Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index and analyzes the ranking of Thailand.

Thailand: #welovetheking hashtag

Thai netizens use the hashtags #welovetheking, #thailoveking, #longliveking to celebrate the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In Thailand, the King is an influential political personality. The country also strictly enforces...

Philippines: Campout Against Budget Cuts

It could be the Philippine version of the ‘Occupy’ protests as activists prepare to launch Campout actions this week against government budget cuts on social services.

Philippines: Red Whistle Campaign against HIV/AIDS

The Red Whistle campaign aims to promote awareness about the rising cases of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines

Social Media Event Gathers Southeast Asia Bloggers

ON|OFF 2011, formerly known as Pesta Blogger, is the biggest gathering of bloggers and social media enthusiasts in Indonesia. This year's event also gathered bloggers from Southeast Asian countries.

Madagascar: Debating the Worth of Foreign Direct Investment

While Madagascar attempts to find a way out of a prolonged political crisis, Malagasy bloggers are discussing the value of foreign direct investments. Many Malagasy believe that Madagascar, like many...

Slutwalk Singapore Photos

The Online Citizen uploads photos of Slutwalk Singapore which was organized in Honglim Park to protest sexual violence in society.

Syria: Free Razan Ghazzawi

Syrian authorities have arrested blogger Razan Ghazzawi on the Syrian-Jordanian border today. Ghazzawi was on her way to Amman to attend a workshop on press freedom in the Arab world....

China: Monitoring the 2012 Presidential Election

Chinese netizen interest this weekend in the first of three debates leading up to Taiwan's presidential election next month suggests more attention will be paid to this round than was...

Yemen: Taiz is Bleeding

Taiz, Yemen's third largest city, has become the bleeding heart of the Yemeni revolution. The city has been subjected to indiscriminate shelling which is reaping victims on a daily basis....

Canada: The Start of the SlutWalk Movement

Global Voices' author, Maria Grabowski, interviews Heather Jarvis, the co-founder of the first SlutWalk initiative based in Toronto. They talk about the background of the movement and its quick spread...

Zambia: President's Son New Luxury Cars Cause Uproar

The revelation by the Committee of Citizens Executive Director, Gregory Chifire, that the Zambian president's son, Mulenga Sata, recently acquired two expensive vehicles has drawn mixed reactions from Zambian netizens.

Japan: Néojaponisme on Marginal Subcultures

Néojaponisme has finished posting five installments for a series on “how marginal subcultures took over a Japanese pop culture with no central core nor leading-edge“, providing a review of the...

Russia: Massive DDoS Attacks Against Independent Websites on the Election Day

An unprecedented wave of DDoS attacks [ru] against independent websites on the election day in Russia: sites affected include thenewtimes.ru, echo.msk.ru, novayagazeta.ru, kommersant.ru, publicpost.ru, slon.ru, Bolshoy Gorod (bg.ru), golos.org, ikso.org,...

Bangladesh: Lone Woman Shows Resilience by Peaking Summits

Wasfia Nazreen, a Bangladeshi rights activist and development worker quit her job to fulfill her dream to reach seven summits of the seven continents. Her climbs highlight the resilience of...

Azerbaijan: Dos and Don'ts of local customs

Making Wool from Eggs, a Peace Corps Volunteer blog, puts together a list of random and funny local customs, noting which are approved or disapproved of in the provincial towns...

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