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16 March 2012

Stories from 16 March 2012

Pakistan: Mir Zafar Ali was the first Pakistani to win an Oscar award

Nepal: Why Nepal Is Poor

Sri Lanka: War On Twitter Between Celebrities

United States: Case of Colombian Student Revives Immigration Debate

Daniela Peláez is a Colombian student based in Miami who made headlines recently for being another case of a student with a bright future without a legal status in the...

Syria: Friday's Demonstrations on Video

Morocco: A Protest to End Forced Marriage After Rape

Moroccans are taking a stand tomorrow (March 17) in protest against the plight of 16-year-old Amina Filali, who committed suicide after being forced to marry the man who raped her....

DR of Congo: Videos Helped Convict Thomas Lubanga of War Crimes

On March 14, 2012 the International Criminal Court found Thomas Lubanga, a former rebel leader in the eastern Congo, guilty of using children in armed conflict. The judge said video...

Saudi Arabia: Tweets for Jailed Saudi Activist Draw Global Attention

Saudi Twitter users have joined forces to highlight the plight of a political prisoner Shaikh Yusuf Al-Ahmad on the micro-blogging site. Their effort has made the Islamic scholar's name become...

Egypt: The Plight of Rural Women

Switzerland: Greetings from the “Greeks” of the French Cantons

An article from a Swiss German newspaper accusing the Swiss French of being the "Greeks of Switzerland" has driven French-speakers to reply in a humorous manner on social networks.

Iran: A Nowruz New Year Without Goldfish?

Goldfish have a special place in the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, celebrating the first day of Spring (March 20). But every year animal rights defenders and bloggers launch campaigns to...

Brazil: Demonstration Demands President Veto on Forestry Code

Portugal: Visualising Economic and Social Indicators on the Crisis

Arab World: Hands Off Clooney!

The United States has arrested actor George Clooney and his father Nick at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington DC. Arab Twitter users register their protest on their...

Cameroon: UN Drinking Water Data under Question

Africa: A Dumping Ground for Energy-related Waste?

Chile: Photos of the First Student Protest of the Year

France: The Human Rights Film Festival Awards

Guinea: Journalist Assaulted by Police Officers

Following an assault on a journalist by overzealous security guards at the Central Bank of Guinea on February 27, there was intense indignation among journalists and Guinean and African bloggers.

Armenia: Parliamentary elections

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