5 July 2012

Stories from 5 July 2012

Chile: Homeless in Santiago

  5 July 2012

In Santiago, Chile, as in many other cities around the world, winter can be a deadly season for the homeless. Through photography, Demotix contributor Alejandro Rustom exposes the reality of the homeless in the Chilean capital and highlights how a group of citizens are trying to help.

Singapore: Church Scandal Sparks Dissent

  5 July 2012

Leaders of Singapore's biggest church have been arrested for alleged misuse of funds. The reported luxurious lifestyle of the church founder and his pop singer wife has sparked intense debate amongst critics and church members.

India, Pakistan: Working Towards Thawing the Siachen Conflict?

  5 July 2012

On April 7, 2012, a deadly avalanche hit a Pakistani military camp in the Gayatri Sector, 30km west of the Siachen glacier, killing over 130 people, most of them military personnel. The scale of the tragedy once again brought into focus a long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan over Siachen, often referred to as "the world's highest battlefield".

Tajikistan: Global Voices Puts Spotlight on Dushanbe Zoo

Our recent update on an American student's impression of the Dushanbe Zoo has generated a passionate discussion on ‘Platforma’, a 5,400-odd-member Tajik community on Facebook. A Dushanbe-based newspaper has now published an interview [ru] with the zoo's director who responds to questions asked by Facebook users.

Peru: What They Didn't Tell You About Afro-Peruvians

  5 July 2012

On June 8, the cultural event “What they didn't tell you about Afro-Peruvians” took place at the National Afro-Peruvian Museum. The objective of the event was to make the Afro-Peruvian history and culture visible. Juan Arellano shares information, videos and audio files of the event.

Colombia: One Night in a Cell

  5 July 2012

In his blog La Ventana, Juan Batallas publishes a two-part post about one night he spent in a cell at an “immediate reaction unit” (unidad de reacción inmediata, URI, set up by the Attorney General's Office [es]). In the first part [es] he tells the story of his confinement and...

China: How Myanmar's Opening Up Differs

  5 July 2012

Just back from the Myanmar Investment Summit in Yangon, as the country continues rapid opening to foreign capital, China Law Blog‘s Steve Dickinson contrasts Myanmar's economic globalization efforts with China's own process of opening up.

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