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28 May 2012

Stories from 28 May 2012

Belarus, Russia: An Online Charity Auction with People for Sale

RuNet Echo

The idea of auctions as a fundraising tool is not a new one in the charity world. Sometimes, there is even a market for people: dinners with celebrities and business-breakfasts...

Syria: Houla Massacre Creates International Outcry

On May 25, anti-government protestors in Houla, northwest of Homs, took to the streets at midday, little expecting that their demonstration would be eventually answered by a massacre of unprecedented...

UAE: Some Savoury Questions

Palestine: Remembering the Nakba

May 15 is Nakba Day, when Palestinians commemorate the displacement and dispossession that took place at the time of Israel's establishment in 1948. In this post we look at how...

South Korea: Support for Castration of Repeat Child Rapists

South Korea will soon enforce chemical castration of repeat child rapists. A majority of South Korean net users expressed support for the newly implemented law, complaining that current law enforcement...

Kenya: #NairobiBlast Rocks Nairobi, Trends on Twitter

Following a huge explosion that struck one of Nairobi's main avenues, Moi Avenue, Kenyans and friends of Kenya took to Twitter to report, share information, advice and discuss the tragedy.

A Social Network for Wikileaks Supporters

Video: Media Portrayals of Cities in the Global South

Brazil: Sex Abuse Revealed by Children's TV Presenter Provokes Debate

Xuxa Meneghel, the most famous children's TV presenter in Brazil, revealed on national television that she was the victim of sexual abuse during childhood. Her declaration divided opinions on the...

Philippines: Military Bombings Create Refugees

Thousands of residents in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao have been forced to flee their land in the past few months because of increased military presence and activities in...

Hong Kong: Living in High-rises

Mozambique: Diving and Defending Marine Life

Recent alarm has been raised about overfishing at one of Mozambique's most important tourist beaches. We document involvement of Mozambicans as dive professionals and conservationists - crucial to a sustainable...

Mapping the Australian Twittersphere

Ukraine: Homophobic Legal Initiatives in Sync with Public Attitudes

Ukraine's first Gay Pride Parade ever failed to take place on May 20 due to perceived threats of violence against its participants; one of the organizers was attacked and beaten...

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