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3 January 2012

Stories from 3 January 2012

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

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...

Bangladesh: Titas is the Name of a Murdered River

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...

Georgia: Return of the Meskhetian Turks

Over 100,000 Muslims were deported from the Meskheti region of Georgia by Joseph Stalin in 1944. Now, more than 60 years later, some are slowly starting to return as part...

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

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)...

Mexico's ‘Political-Civic Disconnect’ in the Search for Peace

Fred Rosen, from the NACLA blog Mexico, Bewildered and Contested, explains that when it comes to movements that seek an end to violence in Mexico, “there is a major disconnect...

Israel: Protest Against the Deportation of Children of Migrant Workers

On Facebook, Elizabeth Tsurkov shares this set of photographs she took during a protest held against the deportation of the children of migrant workers in Tel Aviv, Israel, tonight.

Chile: Wildfire in Torres del Paine Shocks Netizens

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...

Yemen: A Parallel Revolution from the Streets to the Institutions

Over the past few weeks, Yemen's revolution spread from the streets to institutions across the country, calling for an end to corruption in the governmental and public sectors. Netizens react...

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

“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...

Puerto Rico: Violent End to 2011

Reports of “excessive gun fire” ringing in the New Year in Puerto Rico; Dondequiera comments.

Cuba: Internet in a Flash

At Havana Times, Alfredo Fernandez blogs about Cuba's “strange form of the Internet” – the flash drive.

Bermuda: Race, Politics & Society

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.”

Iran:Iranian internet users to be cut off from World Wide Web

Several bloggers report [fa] that Iran's Corporate Computer Systems [fa] says that Iran will be cut off from the World Wide Web once the country launches its own national internet...

Caribbean: Looking Back on 2011

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,...

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...

Brazil: Military Police Strike and Looting Cause Panic in Fortaleza

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...

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...

Afghanistan:The number 39 is associated with prostitution

A Facebook campaign has been launched to fight against wrong mentality about number 39 in Afghanistan. This number is associated to prostitution. Read more here.

Iran: 100 Bloggers Boycott Parliamentary Election

About 100 bloggers has boycotted [fa] the next parliamentary election in March. They call it a circus and ask the opposition to use the creative way to protest against it.

Bahrain: Journalist Mazen Mahdi Detained, then Released

Bahraini journalist Mazen Mahdi tweets that he was detained by police today, and later on released. The Committee to Protect Journalists says the Middle East political turmoil and protests is...

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