Stories from 12 April 2012
Indonesian netizens discuss the local elections in Jakarta and many are expressing their views about the reelection bid of the incumbent governor.
Tanzania bid farewell to one of its most popular film stars, Steven Kanumba, with an emotionally-charged funeral on 11 April, 2012. He died early on Saturday morning, aged 28, after an altercation with his girlfriend Elizabeth ‘Lulu’ Michael.
During the religious procession marking the end of the Christian Easter week in Alhama de Murcia, Spain, the image of the Resurrected Christ was struck by the Telomania, when the brotherhood carrying the image decided to play and dance to Michel Teló's international hit "Ai Se Eu Te Pego".
Just weeks after one example of censorship in Armenia comes another with local peace activist Georgi Vanyan receiving abuse and death threats from nationalists opposed to screening Azerbaijani films in the country.
Reporters Without Borders says Iranian authorities have put detained Iranian web developer Mohammad SoleimaniNia under pressure to have his skills for running ‘The National Internet’. Iranian government have already talked about launching a network inside called ‘The National Internet’. RSF has urged for immediate release of Mr. SoleimaniNia who has been...
The documentary “Ujyalotira” (Towards the Light) is made by the Ban Landmines Campaign Nepal (NCBL) and the Women Development Society (WODES) and aims to raise awareness on the impact the conflict in the region is having on the children.
The Organization of American States (OAS) human rights commission (CIDH for its initials in Spanish) has released its 2011 annual report on human rights, highlighting the situation in Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, and Venezuela. RNS from Honduras Culture and Politics looks at the report's findings on Honduras and how it has...
While the outside world seems to celebrate Abdoulaye Wade's peaceful election defeat in Senegal, the Senegalese blogosphere is still critical of Wade's tenure as a president. Bloggers recall the victims of pre-electoral violence, the violation of press freedoms and the multiple examples of bad governance
Architect and researcher Omnia Khalil, has published this presentation as a part of Egyptian urban action [Ar], an exhibition and workshop scheduled for 4 July, 2012. It concerns advocating for the residents of informal neighbourhoods and highlights urban deterioration, forced evacuation and urban challenges in Egypt. In this video [Ar]...
Fifty Viss writes about Myanmar's sex tourism industry. The author also reviews past proposals on how to regulate prostitution
GV Author Tetyana Bohdanova, who blogs at Good Girl Gone Ukrainian, writes about a video created as part of the campaign [cs] for the rights and better treatment of Ukrainian migrant workers in the Czech Republic. The video [cs] shows a Czech teenager yelling at the Ukrainian cleaning lady who...
Community Based Organizations issued a statement urging international donors to ensure that development aid would target Myanmar's marginalized and vulnerable populations.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.5 hit Indonesia on April 11. The tremors were also felt in Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar. A tsunami alert was issued in several countries but it has been lifted already. Netizens use the hashtag #thaiquake, #prayforsumatera, and #prayformalaysia to monitor the quake impact.