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28 January 2012

Stories from 28 January 2012

Brazil: Movement Calls for March Against Law on Construction in Salvador

The Movement ‘Desocupa Salvador’ – which recently claimed rights for public space during carnival -, is now calling [pt] people to march towards the City Hall on February 1. Major...

Brazil: ‘Vale’ is Elected the World's Worst Corporation

Researcher Telma Monteiro wrote on her blog [pt] about the election of the Brazilian mining company Vale as the world's worst corporation of 2011, with over 25,000 votes on the...

Iran: ‘Hostages in Syria are not military’

Free Syrian Army says it has taken hostage seven Iranians, five of whom were allegedly soldiers complicit in the Syrian government's crackdown on protesters. But an Iranian in Friendfeed writes...

Australia Day: Fury Follows Aboriginal Tent Embassy Protest

Australia Day ceremonies are usually the dullest of events. But not when Australia’s political leaders are together just walking distance from a gathering at the contentious Aboriginal Tent Embassy. Kevin...

Indonesia: Promoting E-Commerce Among Small Businesses

Google partners with Indonesian private and government sectors to bring 100,000 Indonesian small and medium businesses online by the end of 2012. The initiative is called Bisnis Lokal Go Online

Singapore: Greening Initiative

Singapore Sojourn mentions the programs of the government and initiatives from the private sector to make Singapore a greener city.

South Sudan: Urgent Steps Needed to Counter Inter-Communal Violence

Urgent steps are needed to counter inter-communal violence in South Sudan: “Inter-communal violence in Jonglei and throughout South Sudan, while traditionally cyclical in nature, is not inevitable. The causes of...

Equatorial Guinea: A Story Idea for Journalists Covering the Africa Cup of Nations

Shelby Grossman shares a story idea for journalists covering the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea: ” There is a fear among those who have been in the country...

Ethiopia: Standing With Ethiopia's Tenacious Blogger

Standing with Ethiopia's jailed blogger: “It would be hard to find a better symbol of media repression in Africa than Eskinder Nega. The veteran Ethiopian journalist and dissident blogger has...

Africa: How Africa Tweets

Young people Tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa, according to How Africa Tweets, new research launched by Portland: “In the first ever attempt to...

Bhutan: Promoting National Language

Penstar protests against the tendency of some Bhutanese newspapers to undermine Dzongkha language and suggests that the national language needs to be promoted everywhere.

India: Right To Education vs. The Right Education

Vijay Menon points out that the education in India mostly means passing examinations and earning degree certificates and the issue of the quality of education is being ignored.

Pakistan: Hate Campaign Against Ahmadis In Rawalpindi

Naeem Shamim reports that “Banners and posters containing hate content and threats against Ahmadi Muslims are being displayed at many significant places” in Rawalpindi city near the Pakistani capital Islamabad.

China: US60,000 Per Month Postpartum Recovery Service

Jing Gao from Ministry of Tofu translated a local report and netizen reactions on Shanghai's postpartum recovery service which costs around US60,000 per month.

China: Girl and Boyfriend Rental for Chinese Lunar New Year

Jacky Huang from ChinaHush introduces a shopping item, girl/boyfriend rental for Chinese New Year, in Taobao, a most popular online shopping website in China.

China: Redpad for Government Official Only

China Bubble Watch blogs about the introduction of Red-pad, an electronic device similar to i-pad but sold at a price (RMB9,999) twice as high as an Apple i-pad exclusively to...

Slovakia: Roma “Apartheid” – and New Housing?

According to this report [en], a US-based Hindu group was shocked by the “maltreatment” of the Roma in Slovakia, calling “to end Roma apartheid.” At the same time, the Slovak...

Slovakia: More News on Overly Expensive Website Design

Aktualne.sk reports [sk] that, following the initial financial inspection by the Ministry of Culture, the Slovak National Gallery is now required to pay 140 euro back, from the 25,000 euro...

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