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1 May 2012

Stories from 1 May 2012

Afghanistan: Citizens March to Protest against Karzai’s Neglect

Basir Ahang from the Afghan PenLog blog tells about a a demonstration of hundreds of the Bamiyan region residents, who rallied against injustice and discrimination in their province.

Uzbekistan: Independent modern art theatre awarded for culture

Tomyris reports that Uzbekistan’s Ilkhom Theatre (“Inspiration” in Uzbek) was given the 2011 Prince Claus Award, from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, for its cultural achievements. The...

Cuba: Interview with Ferrer Garcia

Pedazos de la Isla posts an interview with recently-released political prisoner Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia.

Turkmenistan: Facebook Group Satirizes Politics

The Turkmen-language Facebook page “JaPBaKLaR”, originally intended as a forum to share popular Turkmen cartoons, has emerged as the biggest Turkmen Facebook community. More importantly, it’s exhibiting some behaviors that...

Mongolia: Ex-president arrested for corruption

Bilguun reports that the Mongolia's former president N.Enkhbayar was arrested on charges of “misappropriation or embezzlement of property” after a long stand-off between the police and his guard. Many pointed...

Cuba: Nothing Changes on May Day

Today, Cuba marks May Day, an occasion that is strongly linked to the concept of labour empowerment, as workers from various towns march with their colleagues to Plaza de la...

Mongolia: German beavers to restore ecosystem

14 Eurasian beavers – known as as ecosystem engineers – arrived in Ulaanbaatar from Bavaria, Germany, to build dams that shall bring about positive effects on the ecology of Tuul...

Afghanistan: ICG skeptical about peace talks

According to a report from the International Crisis Group, current talks with the Taliban are unlikely to result in a sustainable peace, but could even lead to further destabilisation of...

Afghanistan: Pay up or go to Hell, says Taliban financial offer

Nick Fielding writes that funds appear to be getting tight for the Taliban, whose Financial Commission has issued a plea for funds on the organisation's website – backed by the...

Jamaica: Housing Agency on Weak Foundation

Jamaica Woman Tongue says that if policy makers at the Housing Agency of Jamaica went to Sunday school, “they weren’t there the week the other children were learning…about wise and...

May Day Marked Around the Arab World

May Day, or Labour Day, is commemorated in many Arab countries. In this post we look at some of the day's events this year: in Libya it became a national...

Italy: Future of News at Perugia International Journalism Festival

From April 25-29, Perugia, a charming city in the Italian region of Umbria became a vibrant meeting point for media enthousiasts and journalists from all over the world, with the...

Malawi: Bloggers’ Reactions to New President Joyce Banda

A roundup of bloggers' comments and opinions about Joyce Banda, the newly elected president of Malawi following the death of President Bingu Wa Mutharika, on 5 April, 2012.

Singapore: Netizens Reject Proposed Code of Conduct

The Singapore government is urging the online community to support the drafting of a Code of Conduct to regulate the usage of internet. But many netizens are not supportive of...

Indonesia: The Curious Case of the Governor's Middle Finger

The Jakarta Governor sparked controversy when he gave a middle finger salute in a youth event. He later claimed that he doesn't know the meaning of the gesture. Netizens share...

Mexico: Bike Ride Protest Clashes With Local Government

On April 28, a group of cyclists organised a bike ride in protest of the Mexico City government's project to construct the so-called "Supervía Poniente" (Poniente Super-road). According to witnesses...

Colombia: French Journalist Roméo Langlois Kidnapped

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Sunday April 29 [es] that French journalist Roméo Langlois was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during clashes [es] on April...

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