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22 March 2012

Stories from 22 March 2012

India: Tweet Fuels Communal Tensions in Kolkata

Earlier this week, certain areas of Kolkata in West Bengal, India, were brought to a grinding halt by protesters protesting against a certain tweet, allegedly posted by an Indian model,...

Pakistan: Killing of Ahmadis To Be Made Legal?

Bhutan: The Criterion For Judging the best schools

Video: Short Film for Gender Equality Contest Open for Submissions

Cape Verde: Calling Out Creative Writers

European Commission's ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Video Blunder

A video parodying the film Kill Bill and building on a 'clash of civilizations' theme was made to promote enlargement of the European Union to young adults. However, the video...

Italy: Protests Blaze Over High-Speed Rail to France

The last few weeks have been particularly important (and controversial) for the "No Tav" movement, which, since 1981, has opposed the construction of a high speed train line between Turin...

Australia: Mining Magnate's Bizarre Claim of CIA Coal Conspiracy

In a “bizarre” outburst, mining magnate Clive Palmer joined the ranks of the CIA conspiracy theorists this week during the Queensland State election campaign. Australian bloggers have revelled in his...

Mali: Citizens Stunned by Sudden Military Coup

Rengade soldiers have announced that they are seizing power in Mali, after taking over the state television building and presidential palace. They say the government failed to adequately support their...

Costa Rica: Hacktivism and ‘Operation Fiscal Plan’

Puerto Rico: An Archipelago of Indie Music

The music blog Puerto Rico Indie has launched their first video series titled Archipiélago (Archipelago). The series aims to document the local independent music scene on the island. Global Voices...

Ecuador: The ‘March for Life’ Approaches Quito

The March for Life is approaching the Ecuadorean capital of Quito without any major delays. As we reported in a previous post, indigenous communities and organizations of civil society have...

Portugal: Subversive Priest's “Homily” to General Strike on YouTube

Mário Pais de Oliveira, priest and writer, has "converted" to social networks to preach his subversive thoughts on the world. Today's general strike in Portugal brings back memories of the...

Global Voices in Greek Celebrates 1,000 Posts

Launched in March 2011, at a time of increasing hardships and intense international criticism for Greece due to the financial crisis, Global Voices in Greek has reached 1,000 published translations....

Hong Kong Chief Executive Election: The Pig, the Wolf or Blank Vote?

The Hong Kong Chief Executive "election" is about to take place. Who are the 1200 privileged election committee members going to vote for? The 'Pig', the 'Wolf', a democratic token...

Mexico: 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles the Country

On March 20, around midday, a strong 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the south and central part of Mexico. Many turned to the Internet to contact family and report the situation...

Ukraine: Oksana Makar's Gang Rape Case

RuNet Echo

Argentina: Documentary on Indigenous People in Buenos Aires

The documentary 'Runa Kuti, Urban Natives' shows us the stories of four descendants of indigenous communities living in the city of Buenos Aires, and how they struggle with reclaiming their...

Russia: Madonna Responds to St. Petersburg “Gay Propaganda” Law Controversy

RuNet Echo

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