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17 December 2011

Stories from 17 December 2011

Sidi Bouzid's Anniversary: Celebrating One Year of Arab Awakening

  17 December 2011

If you had to describe this year in one word what would it be? Leila Nachwati, who was in Tunisia two months ago to attend the Third Arab Bloggers Meeting, shares her experience in Free Tunisia and polls netizens' opinions on what word best describes the year that was since Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against tyranny a year ago.

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Philippines: Storm Leaves Hundreds Dead and Missing

  17 December 2011

Hundreds died in many parts of Mindanao Island in southern Philippines after tropical storm Sendong hit the country last Friday. The casualties could be worse and may even reach more than 600. It’s the worst flooding to hit the north part of Mindanao in many years. Netizens immediately used the web to report about the disaster and to call for support

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Taiwan: Land Expropriation Revision Fails to Address Farmers’ Woes

  17 December 2011

As the presidential election is approaching, the politicians in Taiwan's Executive Yuan have decided to revise the Land Expropriation Act. However, instead of addressing the farmers' woes, lawmakers have passed a revision of the Act that reinstates the interests of development over human rights.

India: Girls and Their Right To A Career

  17 December 2011

In India, at this modern age, some parents arbitrarily decide the future of their adult children. Fire Crystal writes about a girl, who was denied of her rights by her father to study and pursue a career of her choice.

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China: Pandaman vs. Christian “Batman” Bale Goes Viral

  17 December 2011

Christian Bale's recent run-in with state security police (aka "Pandas") has inspired a series of viral spoof images, and coincides with the news that another high-profile Chinese dissident has been put back in prison 20 months after he was 'released' on probation.

Brazil-Bahrain: Tear Gas for Repression “Made in Brazil”

  17 December 2011

Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff reveals on Twitter that the tear gas devices used for repressing the civilian population of Bahrain is manufactured [pt] in the city of Nova Iguaçu, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and adds he feels ashamed [pt] for his country exporting such weapons.

Brazil: Bishop Points Out Rape as Women's Excuse for Abortion

  17 December 2011

Luis Soares, from the blog Pragmatismo Político (Political Pragmatism) quotes [pt] Bishop of Guarulhos, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, Luiz Gonzaga Bergonzini, who said that “women lie when they say they were raped”. In the bishop's mind, he adds, women lie in order to have abortions, because the...

Bangladesh: Debt Storm Rising?

  17 December 2011

Mukti is alarmed by the steep rise of Bangladesh government’s domestic debt which is triggering downfall of credit growth in the private sector thus stopping investment.

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Egypt: Tahrir Square Burning

  17 December 2011

Egypt's Military Police have set Tahrir Square ablaze and forcefully pushed away protesters demonstrating outside the Cabinet on the first anniversary of the Arab revolution, sparked by the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia.

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