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20 March 2012

Stories from 20 March 2012

Bangladesh: The Plight of the Indigenous People

In Bangladesh there are more than 45 indigenous tribes (adibashis). Every day some of them are being subjected to discrimination, oppression and abuse. Their plights can be heard in indigenous...

Egypt: Baheyya Weighs in on Khaled Ali

Renowned Egyptian blogger Baheyya writes about Egypt's youngest presidential candidate – Khaled Ali, who turned 40 last month. “In this maiden presidential race, electability is hard to gauge. But if...

Egypt: Pope Shenoda's Funeral

From Egypt, Zeinobia covers Pope Shenoda's funeral in Cairo in this blog post.

Macedonia: Making a Humanitarian Book of Interesting Tweets

DarjanR, ArsovaM, and Angie_Mkd have issued a call [mk] for participation in creating a pocket-size book with the most interesting tweets, and invited other Macedonian Twitter users to submit their...

Macedonia: Blogger Reviews “In the Land of Blood and Honey”

Vnukot joined the debate about Angelina Jolie's movie by emphasizing the technical imperfections, and was especially unnerved [mk] that “all the characters in the film speak the languages related to...

Israel: “We Love Iranians”

Paul Mutter blogs about the newest permutations of a social media campaign started over the weekend by two Israeli graphics designers that is called “We Love Iranians,” aimed at raising...

New Book on the African Fashion World

Helen Jennings wrote  on the editor's blog of Arise Magazine: ”  New African Fashion is the first good-looking coffee table compendium of the most talented African and diaspora designers, models...

Mexico: Videos of the 7.8 Earthquake Felt in Mexico

On 20 March, an earthquake struck off the coast of Acapulco in Mexico, reportedly between 7.6 and 7.8 on the Richter scale. So far, no casualties have been reported. Following,...

Turkey: Riot Police Continue to Clash with Kurds Celebrating Newroz

Kurdish people are the largest ethnic group in Turkey. They have been subject to state-sanctioned discrimination and human rights violations. Today, in Yuksekova, which is a district in the Hakkari...

Cuba: Black Spring, Nine Years After

The Cuban Black Spring - a term that has come to describe the government crackdown on dissidents that took place in 2003 - marks its ninth anniversary this year. Cuban...

Portugal: Picket to the Prime Minister on the Day of General Strike

Citizens from Porto are organizing a flash picket [pt] via Facebook to “welcome” the Prime Minister of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho, on the day of the anti-austerity general strike, March...

China: Shanghai International Adult Products Expo

The 9th Shanghai International Adult Products Expo kicked off with pole dancers and adult movie stars from Japan on March 18, 2012. Off-beat China has posted a set of photos...

Poland: The ‘Web Kids’ Manifesto’

Originally written in by Polish photographer and poet Piotr Czerski, the 'Web Kids’ Manifesto' is appearing on the web in many other languages since its publication on February 11. Samy...

China: Reactions to India's Poor and Homeless

Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated Chinese netizens’ reactions to a set of photos that show India's poor and homeless.

Colombia: Video Contrasts Ads Vs. Reality of Oil Extraction Companies

In Is Pacific Rubiales Really Colombia? [es] the people of Puerto Gaitán contradict the statements made by oil and mineral extraction corporation Pacific Rubiales’ television ads where community members state...

Senegal: Meet Cheikh Bethio Thioune, President Wade Divine Helper

On the blog “Teranga, ici et là”,  M-L Jossselin and M-A Boisvert share  a video [fr] of Cheikh Bethio Thioune, a prominent leader of The Mouride brotherhood, a promiment order of Islamic Sufism in...

Cuba: Diverse Opinions on Pope Benedict's Visit

Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Cuba has caused a great deal of controversy and debate in the Island. Blogs and social media have been a platform for an array of...

Norway Hosts First Journalism Award for Indigenous Broadcasters

Norway is widely known for hosting the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Awards. This month, the Scandinavian country is hosting the debut of another important yet largely unknown journalism award ceremony...

Bolivia: New March Against TIPNIS Road to Start in April

Dario Kenner, a blogger based in La Paz, reports that “a majority of community leaders from the TIPNIS indigenous territory and national park decided to begin a march towards La...

Panama: “I'm Ngäbe, I'm Bugle, I'm Panamanian”

After police forcibly removed the indigenous Ngäbe-Bugle who were blocking the Pan-American highway to protest mining in their territories, a video campaign titled "I'm Ngäbe, I'm Bugle, I'm Panamanian" aims...

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