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2 April 2012

Stories from 2 April 2012

Jamaica: Counting Crayons

“Yes, the crime rate and garrison communities are atrocious. Yes, the decline in public morality is a cause for concern. But there are bright spots that shine beyond Jamaica's geographical...

Pakistan: What Are You Smoking?

Shisha smoking has bacome a craze among youngsters in Pakistan in recent years. Hina Safdar reports that a ban on Shisha smoking/selling is in effect in the Sindh province and...

Colombia: Lawmakers Rush Bill on Author Rights and Intellectual Property

On March 20, a bill was hurriedly presented to reform the legislative and regulatory framework of authors' rights and intellectual property as part of the government's implementation of the requirements...

Argentina: Covering the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War

Lillie Langtry from the blog Memory in Latin America looks at the Argentine media coverage of the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War. Lillie also shares some...

Egypt: Your ID, Your Rights Targets Women

As many as 4 million Egyptian woman don't have ID cards, and as such cannot benefit from legal, social and economic services and rights. "Your ID, Your Rights" is a...

Greenpeace Blocked from Entering South Korea for Their Nuclear Stance

South Korean immigration authorities blocked three Greenpeace staffers from entering the country. Kumi Naidoo, international executive director of Greenpeace tweeted about the incident and his several tweets are rapidly translated in...

Bolivia: Health Workers’ Priorities During Protests

Much of the Bolivian public health sector is protesting the government's decision to raise the workday for doctors from six to eight hours a day. Patricia Almanza, a child anesthesiologist,...

Announcing the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in Nairobi, Kenya

We're delighted to announce the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit 2012! Our gathering takes place this year in Nairobi, Kenya on July 2-3, 2012, in partnership with Nairobi's iHub.

France: Lyon Hosts the World Wide Web 2012 Conference

The World Wide Web 2012 conference is hosted this year in Lyon, France, from April 16 to 20, and will feature many prominent figures of the Web, historic and current ones. Global...

Myanmar: Construction Resumes in Suspended Dam Project

Weekly Eleven reported that construction of the controversial Myit Sone Dam in Kachin State in Myanmar which was suspended last year by the government has been resumed.

Nigeria: Online Furore Over #DominionAir

Why would the advent of another brand name into the Nigerian aviation space generate so much public discourse? It happens that this is no usual airline: it is alleged to...

Myanmar: New Currency Exchange Rate

The Central Bank of Myanmar set the new currency exchange rate of 818 Kyats per 1 US Dollar, as part of the move to implement a new floating currency exchange...

China: Doctors Talk about Health Issue

Tom from Seeing Red in China highlighted some points in a papers written by a group of doctors on the challenge of health system in China.

Nigeria: Ify Omalicha's Last Dance

Nigeria's arts community recently lost a  theater artist and poet: Ify Agwu Omalicha. She died in an auto crash on her way to Abuja. Ayodele Olofintuade laments that Ify death is...

China: Talking with a Female Massage Worker

Tricia Wang from Bytes of China chatted with a female massage worker in Changsha, Hunan about her life prospect.

Azerbaijan: Amnesty International Running Scared Eurovision action

Ahead of next month's Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, Amnesty International has posted a web feature using the spotlight on the international song contest to demand greater human rights protection...

Kyrgyzstan: The Internet on Trial?

The ongoing trial of an ethnic Russian journalist accused of inciting racial hatred in a series of online articles may have profound implications for Kyrgyzstan's regulation of the Internet, as...

Russia: Online Petition Seeks to Increase Controls on Foreign-Funded NGOs

In late March 2012, less than three weeks after Putin's re-election to the Russian presidency, an online petition emerged, calling for stricter controls on foreign-funded Russian NGOs. Kevin Rothrock reports.

China Social Media Crackdown: 6 Arrested, 16 Websites Closed

News spread through the Chinese Internet on Saturday, March 31: six people had been arrested and 16 websites closed for “fabricating or disseminating online rumors". Violeta Camarasa reports.

Is Facebook Trying to Re-enter China?

Several local journalists and netizens spotted Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in Shanghai on March 27. Once more, rumors spread like fire through the Internet: Is the king...

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