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22 June 2012

Stories from 22 June 2012

Paraguay: President Fernando Lugo is Removed from Office

As we reported earlier, the Paraguayan Senate voted to impeach President Fernando Lugo. Netizens have been actively reacting to today’s developments; while some defend this impeachment process as legal and...

Paraguayan Senate Ousts President Lugo

On Friday, June 22, the Paraguayan Senate voted in favor of removing President Fernando Lugo from office. Lawmakers brought President Lugo to an impeachment trial after 17 people died in...

Bolivia: Police Mutiny Over Higher Wages

Tension escalated today, Friday, June 22, in Bolivia as more than 4 thousand low-ranked police units joined a mutiny that began the day before demanding higher wages. Netizens are reporting...

Sudan: Netizens Verify Internet Blackout Rumours

Netizens are watching Sudan closely, following rumours that the Sudanese authorities intend to cut off the Internet - a chilling reminder of Egypt's attempt to silence activists and contain the...

Bahrain: Opposition Leader Injured in Protest

Bahrain riot police fired at a protest, injuring opposition Al Wefaq Society head Shaikh Ali Salman. Online, this video of the attack is being circulated. The society's Twitter account tweeted...

Egypt: The Old Man of Tahrir

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia shares a snippet on the old man of Tahrir. Check out his story here. “I know that in time of Shafik as a president , that old...

Morocco: Kissing the King's Hands

Moroccan Jamal Elabiad shares his views on the custom of kissing the King's hands.

Kuwait: Facebook Contest to Promote Child Safety

A mall in Kuwait is holding a Facebook contest to promote child safety in cars. Mark blogs about the initiative here.

Kuwait: Factory Fire

Blogger Mathai from Kuwait writes about a summer fires he saw in an industrial area. He shares a photograph.

Egypt: Two Camps, One Caricature

I have found no better summary of the current intriguing and backstabbing between the religious establishment on one side and their secularist counterparts on the other than a caricature, distributed...

#SudanRevolts in Wake of Austerity Anger

Amid a complete media blackout, the youth of Sudan have taken to the streets in a nation-wide protest against recent austerity measures. Maha El-Sanosi reports.

Debate Over South Korea Forcing Blizzard to Give Diablo III Refunds

South Korea’s Fair Trade commission raided online game maker Blizzard’s headquarters in Seoul after receiving complaints about the availability of Diablo 3. It has started a debate in a game...

South Korea: Taxi Drivers’ Mass Strike

Net user GI Drop wrote about recent taxi drivers’ mass strike in South Korea. And many comments followed the post in the ROK Drop blog.

Brazil: Is There A Clear Foreign Policy for the Middle East and Africa?

The twenty-first century has brought important changes to the balance of power which had been in place until then, with obvious ramifications for the international economy and politics. In this...

Paraguay: President Fernando Lugo Faces Impeachment

Latin America News Dispatch reports that today, Friday, June 22, “the Paraguayan Senate will decide whether Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo should be impeached for his handling of a violent land...

El Salvador: Has the gang truce worked?

Mike from Central American Politics looks at the results of the first 100 days of the “peace treaty” between the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs: “As a result of the...

Greece: Immigrant Knifed on Election Night

Violence against immigrants has been steadily mounting in Athens since last year's spate of attacks, especially before the recent elections which saw the extreme right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) party gaining...

Nagorno Karabakh: Opposition Presidential Candidate Interviewed

CivilNet posts a video interview with Vitali Balasanyan [AM/EN], a former military commander and candidate running against the incumbent and defacto president of the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh in...

Spain: No to Eurovegas in Barcelona Gathers Momentum Online

The possible arrival of the Eurovegas mega project to the Llobregat delta in Barcelona has provoked outrage in social networks. City dwellers, social groups and the Church show their disapproval...

China: Space Missions or Social Development?

On June 16, China successfully launched its Shenzhou-9 capsule into space. Some netizens have criticized the government's excessive spending on a space mission whilst basic social needs are still lacking...

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