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13 December 2011

Stories from 13 December 2011

‘Support Rohingya Refugees’ Facebook Page

The ‘Support Rohingya Refugees’ Facebook page aims to gather support and spread awareness about the plight of the Rohingya refugees who are ‘rejected’ in Myanmar and in other countries of...

Russia: Post-Election Protest in Vladivostok on December 10

Prior to the national protests that took place on December 10 in various Russian cities, Vladivostok internet community has been actively discussing the necessity to protest. Masha Egupova reported the...

Arab World: Congratulations Tunisia!

Human rights activist Moncef Marzouki, 66, has been elected as Tunisia's new interim president today. His appointment, which was followed by a moving acceptance speech, was noted by netizens from...

Ukraine: Grand Theft Auto

LEvko of foreign notes discusses reports that Ukraine's Minister of Justice, Oleksandr Lavrynovych, owns a Mercedes luxury car which was reported stolen in Germany nearly two years ago.

Egypt: Using Twitter for a Healthier Life

Can Twitter be used to save people's lives or improve their health? Tarek Amr looks at a Twitter account, ran by a couple in Egypt, aimed at increasing health awareness...

Brazil: Journalist Threatened at Belo Monte Dam Construction Site

Brazilian journalist Ruy Sposati, in Altamira, Pará, denounces the death of yet another worker at the Belo Monte Dam construction site, another round of mass layoffs of workers on strike...

Brazil/Russia: The Struggle for Democracy in the Aftermath of Elections

Brazilian professor in political sciences Maurício Santoro, has written an analysis [pt] about of recent Russian elections. He comments on the allegedly rigged results and the struggle for democracy in...

Brazil: Youth Demands for “Real Democracy Now”

Brazilian journalist and blogger Lucas Morais analyzes [pt] the revolutionary movements that have spread throughout the world in 2011 and says that “this youth has increasingly become more aware of...

Argentina: Justice System Orders Blockage of Series and Film Site Cuevana.tv

Few Argentinian websites have achieved the same success and impact as Cuevana, the Argentinian site for watching films and TV series online. The great popularity of the site, however, has...

Tunisia: Moncef Marzouki the New President of the Republic

Tunisia, the country that was the spark of the so called Arab Spring almost a year ago, now has a new interim President: Moncef Marzouki. Tunisian netizens react to the...

Chile's Urban Cycling Movements

Rodrigo Gómez Arratia writes for Mi Voz [es] about urban cycling in Chile and the different movements that promote it.

El Salvador: Visiting El Calvario Church

Fernando Marroquin [es] posts pictures of El Calvario church in downtown San Salvador. He blogs about the church's history and encourages his readers to get acquainted with San Salvador's historic...

Russia: Gregory Shvedov on Braving the Putin Regime Online

The wave of popular, peaceful and nationwide protests in Russia has spread hopes of piecemeal reform. Gregory Shvedov, who heads the online news agency Caucasian Knot, is optimistic—but state pressure...

Peru: State of Emergency Declared in Cajamarca

After the ongoing strike against the Conga mining project in the Peruvian town of Cajamarca, a high level commission went to the city to negotiate an end to the strike,...

Uzbekistan: President decides to cut his term

Mansurhon says that the Uzbek Parliament’s decision to pass a constitutional amendment reducing the length of presidential term from current seven to five years, sparked a lot of controversy in...

Uzbekistan: Prime-minister's page on Facebook is also fake

Tomyris writes about a fuss around Facebook account of the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan that gave rise to political speculations among the observers. The page has proved to be not...

Peru: Protests Against Mining in Videos, Part I

Recent protests against the environmental damage caused by mining in Peru have sparked plenty of audiovisual material, from campaigns to raise awareness, to citizen videos of protests, repression and more....

Uzbekistan: Forged Facebook story about post-interrogation suicide

Sarah Kendzior reports about the story of Gulsumoy Abdujalilova, an invented person with fake Facebook profile, who allegedly committed suicide after being interrogated by the Uzbek police.

Afghanistan: Being Disable Is Not An Unability

yahweh writes how situation with the rights of women and disabled persons has developed in Afghanistan since 2001, when the Afghan government and its international allies pledged to advance gender...

Saudi Arabia: The Witch Hunt Continues; Woman, 60, Beheaded for “Sorcery”

Saudi Arabia has executed a 60-year-old woman for practicing “witchcraft and sorcery.” The beheading of Amina bint Abdul Halim bin Salem Nasser in the northern province of Jawf yesterday has...

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