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13 June 2012

Stories from 13 June 2012

North Korea Seems to be Testing Digital Radio Broadcasting

North Korea Tech blog wrote about evidence showing that North Korea tested digital radio broadcasting. The blogger also embeded a Youtube video posted by a radio monitor in Japan.

Sri Lanka: The Colombo Fun Ride

The Puppeteer participated in the “Colombo Cycle Fun Ride 25km”, a public cycling event organised by the Pedal Pushers cyclist group, and shares her experiences.

Puerto Rico: Plagiarism and Mainstream Media

Journalist and blogger Sandra Rodríguez Cotto wrote a series of three posts [es] on plagiarism and the common practice of not giving credit to the original sources of information in mainstream...

Puerto Rico: Inspiring Digital Storytelling

Esta Vida Boricua (This Puerto Rican Life) is an interactive digital project  that aims “to engage the reader/viewer in an experience of resonance and connection” with “spoken histories,” “autotopographies” (life narratives),...

Latin American Graffiti and Urban Art: Online and in the Streets

Urban art and graffiti are present throughout Latin America. Here's a look at some recent posts by bloggers who share photos and videos of this vibrant urban art movement in...

Uzbekistan: ‘Lavish’ Weddings Banned in Tashkent

Following in the footsteps of Tajikistan, the Mayor's Office in the Uzbek capital Tashkent has banned [uz] ‘lavish’ weddings in the city. However, as Marat Satpaev writes on NewEurasia.net, the...

Egypt: Right to Housing initiative

Egyptian blogger and urbanism researcher Yahia Shawkat, in association with Mosireen, a citizen-journalism collective, and the Arab Digital Expression Foundation, ADEF have recently launched the “Right to Housing, a Socially Just and...

Tunisia: Baccalaureate Exam Leaked

Netizens were struck by the leak of the Arabic test of the national baccalaureate examination, criticising the government for the fail. Salah Almhamdi rounds up reactions on Twitter.

Mozambique: NGO Launches “Corporate Interests” Transparency Platform

Mozambican NGO Centro de Integridade Pública (Public Integrity Center) [pt] released on June 12, 2012, the transparency database Interesses Empresariais (Corporate Interests) [pt]. This participatory platform aims to make the profiles...

Myanmar: Protest Against Riot Attacks

CJ Myanmar reported[my] that Rakhine people in Yangon, Myanmar protested against riot attacks which already spread in nearby towns of the Rakhine state. The protestors include Rakhine ethnics and Buddhist...

Indonesia: Sumatra Deforestation Mapping Tool

There is a new mapping tool that documents the disturbing loss of forest cover in Sumatra Island in Indonesia. Sumatra, one of the largest islands in the world, is known...

Brazil: Online Impressions of Brazilian Identity

Since the declaration of Brazil as an independent nation in 1822, Brazilian identity has gone through several changes spurred by economic, social and cultural transformations. But is there a common...

Poland: Football Fans Clash Ahead of Poland-Russia Game

Over 180 people were detained due to clashes that broke out between rival Russian and Polish football fans in Warsaw on June 12. Anna Gotowska reports.

Portugal: Cartoon Satirizes Merkel's Influence on Upcoming Greek Elections

A cartoon of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the Uncle Sam of Europe, with her finger pointed saying “I respect your right to vote, as long as you vote right”,...

South Korea: Birth Control Regulation Changes Provoke Debate

The Korean Food and Drug Administration has announced that emergency contraceptives, known as morning-after pills, will become available over the counter. However, non-emergency oral contraceptives have become a prescription drug....

China: Food and Love

YJ From Rectified Name wrote an article about the meaning of food share among Chinese people: “Food is life. But in China, it is so much more…it is love”.

Africa: Improving Governance and Accountability with New Media

L. Abena Annan speaks with Kwami Ahiabenu,II from African Elections Project about the impact of new media technologies in coverage of elections in Africa. African Elections Project enhances the ability...

Turkmenistan: Return of Russian Mobile Operator Ends State Monopoly

After an unexplained closure by the government in 2010, the popular Russian mobile phone operator MTS that had about half of Turkmenistan's population among its customers will soon resume its...

Tajikistan: Students Sent to the Streets to Greet President

On Blogiston.tj, a local blogger writes [ru] about the Tajik president's visit to the city of Khujand in the country's north. To convince the president that people in the city...

Tajikistan: Using Films to Promote Inter-Ethnic Tolerance

With the government of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan engaged in an ‘undeclared cold war‘ over regional water and energy resources, the conflict also stokes tensions between major ethnic groups in the...

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