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3 January 2012

Stories from 3 January 2012

South Korea: Satirial Podcast's Popularity Continues Despite the Host's Arrest

  3 January 2012

Naggomsu is a satirical podcast which gained tremendous popularity in South Korea for lampooning the country's President. Even after one of its host was jailed for raising allegations of stock price manipulation against the President, the podcast's popularity continues to grow. The nation's influential blogger IamPeter picked [ko] it as...

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Bangladesh: Titas is the Name of a Murdered River

  3 January 2012

In Bangladesh a long diversion road has been hurriedly built through the Titas river and its tributaries obstructing its flow in many parts. It was done to facilitate transit of Indian over-dimensional cargo lorries through Bangladesh. Netizens are outraged by the developments.

Latin America, 2012: A Year of Land-Related Protests?

  3 January 2012

In his blog Latin American Thought, Alejandro Sánchez looks ahead at what could happen in Latin America in 2012 and argues that “we will see more land-related issues (read protests) in several countries, more so than we have seen already.” Read more about some of last year's land-related demonstrations in...

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Chile: Wildfire in Torres del Paine Shocks Netizens

  3 January 2012

A massive fire in national park Torres del Paine has shocked Chilean netizens, who have expressed their concerns, anger, sadness and hope that it will soon be controlled. "Torres del Paine" and #salvemostorresdelpaine have been used to inform and comment this disaster on Twitter.

U.S.V.I.: Water Woes Cause Anger

  3 January 2012

“It’s gotten graphic there – waste that’s piling up in toilets that cannot be flushed; people crawling around in cisterns trying to retrieve a bucket of water to meet a small part of their needs. And this is 2012″: No See Um blogs about the untenable water rationing situation in...

Bermuda: Race, Politics & Society

  3 January 2012

Catch-a-fire says that when it comes to race, “there are few issues which are as controversial or fundamental in understanding Bermudian politics and society.”

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Caribbean: Looking Back on 2011

  3 January 2012

The regional blogosphere in 2011 saw a few territories, most notably Cuba, taking front and centre - especially when it came to digital activism. The rest of the Caribbean meanwhile, grappled with everything from homophobia to states of emergency, weathered hurricanes and questioned the boundaries of online privacy.

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Yemen: A Year of Revolution and a Story of Struggle

Yemen's Revolution is the longest ongoing revolution of the Arab Spring. It started with a protest on February 3 and has been ongoing ever since. Noon Arabia lists the posts covering the main events that happened in Yemen throughout this year and features the videos that tell the story of Yemen's struggle for freedom, democracy and justice.

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Brazil: Military Police Strike and Looting Cause Panic in Fortaleza

  3 January 2012

On the eve of the New Year's festivities, the population in the state of Ceará, Brazil, was taken by surprise with a strike by the military police and firefighters. Propagating both facts and rumors surrounding the violence, the hashtag #CaosEmFortaleza (ChaosInFortaleza) has brought together general grumbling, formal complaints, ironic musings and misinformation on the social and political atmosphere in the capital city of Fortaleza.

Lebanon: Non-Political Blog Stories of 2011

In an end-of-year post, Mustapha compiles a collection of top non-political Lebanese blog posts he wrote during 2011. He introduces the collection by saying: “The Arab spring and the turmoil in Lebanese politics dominated the 1,210 posts in this blog in 2011. But this year also witnessed other stories and...

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Philippines: Manhunt for ‘Human Rights Violator’ Goes Online

  3 January 2012

A 'people's manhunt' was organized to catch Major General Jovito Palparan who is accused of committing human rights violations in the Philippines. After an arrest warrant was issued by the Court, netizens started uploading “Wanted: Palparan” posters on blogs, Facebook pages, and other social media platforms.

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