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18 January 2012

Stories from 18 January 2012

Iran: Women activist shot dead in Texas

A Texas Medical Center student and Iranian women activist was shot dead on Monday in Houston. Gelareh Bagherzadeh was driving her car when she was shot.  Authorities said it is...

Spain: Electricity Cut Off for one School in Alicante

Power was cut off [ca] for 800 pupils in a secondary school in Alicante due to outstanding payments. The Valencian Community is currently mired in financial difficulties after years of...

Latin American Sites and Bloggers Protest PIPA and SOPA

Several Latin American blogs like SitioCero [es], alt1040 [es], and Sentidos Comunes [es] have joined the online protests against U.S. anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA. Some are speaking out against...

Turkey: Hrant Dink Murder Trial Closes

Five years and 25 hearings later, the trial to convict those responsible for the murder of Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist, has come to a close.

Guatemala: Child Labor in the Sugar Cane Fields

The recent investigation done by journalists of Plaza Publica in Guatemala has uncovered how government authorities, although legally having to prevent child labor, allow children under 14 years of age...

Sudan: Sudanese Activist, Alim Boushi, Freed from Prison

A case that Sudanese bloggers have been highlighting in recent days, indicating the current repressive state of affairs in Sudan, is the arrest of the Sudanese political activist and engineer...

Myanmar: Freed Blogger's First Post

Myanmar Blogger Nay Phone Latt, who was released on January 13th along with other prominent political prisoners after being imprisoned for 4 years, wrote his first blog post about his...

Philippines: Historical Site Restoration

Mark Segador documents the efforts to restore the now decaying historical sites in Iloilo City, Philippines.

Philippines: Mass Movement and Pop Songs

Vencer Crisostomo looks at last year's mass movement high points in the Philippines through the lens of western pop songs.

Cuba: Whither Gay Rights?

While Havana Times reports that Raul Castro's daughter “hopes the upcoming January 28 conference of the country’s communist party will help end the stalemate around a draft law intended to...

Caribbean: Solidarity with SOPA Protest

A few regional bloggers have joined “the largest online protest in history”, against the proposed PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), here, here, here and...

Trinidad & Tobago: “Disturbing” Laws

Globewriter points out some “strange and disturbing laws” that are still on the books in Trinidad and Tobago, saying: “Yes, T&T can’t deal with LGBT rights but it is so...

Cuba: Hunger Striking Prisoner Close to Death

Cuban bloggers are concerned that there could be a repeat of what happened to political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, and draw attention to the plight of Wilman Villar Mendoza, who...

Bermuda: Lack of Political Dialogue

politics.bm thinks that tIt speaks volumes about the PLP's interest in informed dialogue that two brief fact based and civil comments that I posted on their Facebook page were deleted...

Trinidad & Tobago: Sidestepping Motherhood

Suszanna.com explains why she thinks kids may be overrated.

Iran: Iranian site is striking against censorship in U.S.A

Amsterdam based Iranian Arseh Sevom site is striking against SOPA and PIPA which seek to deploy online censorship and surveillance in the name of enforcing copyright, employing the same tools...

Iran: Golshifteh Farahani posed nude for Le Figaro

Madame Le Figaro published a nude photo of Golshifteh Farahani, Iranian actress based in Paris, and there has been a huge interest and reactions to this quite rare photo on...

Costa Rican Blogs Protest SOPA and PIPA

Ticoblogger [es], a network of Costa Rican blogs, has joined the global protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA). Ticoblogger blogs like Ciencia Ficción...

Iran: More web activists got arrested

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says [fa] Iran has arrested two web activists last week; Mohammad SoleimaniNia, who “hosts and manages websites of many Iranian civil society communities and intellectuals and...

Iran: Second blogger arrested in Tehran

Iranian authorities arrested Marzieh Rasouli, journalist and blogger, last night in Tehran. She writes stories and narrations of her daily life in ‘3 Rouz Pish’ [fa]. This is the second...

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