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9 July 2012

Stories from 9 July 2012

Russia: Caucasus Stereotypes in Film

Global Chaos comments on a recent video report by Radio Free Europe examining changing stereotypes of the Caucasus in Russian cinema. The blog asks whether the caricatures often adopted for...

Pakistan: Angry Mob Lynches Alleged Blasphemer

In a shockingly outrageous incident in Bahawalpur, an angry mob attacked an alleged blasphemer and burnt him alive.

Colombia: ‘Higgsteria’ in Medellín

After the announcement by CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) last week about the search of the Higgs’ boson, Helena Cortés writes [es] about a conference held at the...

Global Voices Podcast: Jambo from Kenya! The Global Voices Summit

What is the future of online citizen media? In this edition (and the next) you will hear from editors, authors, co-founders and other participants at the 2012 Global Voices Citizen...

South Africa: Chinese Account of Attacks on Foreign-Owned Businesses

On June 27 riots started in Botshabelo in reaction to the eviction of street vendors, and the rioters attacked and looted foreign-owned businesses. In the following days the attacks spread...

Venezuela, Japan: ‘Estudiantina Komaba’ Music Bridges ‘Distant’ Countries

Have you ever wondered what interests Venezuelans and Japanese could have in common? If manga and sushi were your first guess, we invite you to explore how Japanese musicians have...

Puerto Rico: Bilingual Schools Revive Debate on Language

The government of Puerto Rico wants to gradually replace Spanish with English as the official language of education in the country's public schools. The measure has provoked strong reactions from...

India: Multiculturism and Intolerance

Purba Ray asks whether multiculturalism breeds intolerance.

Mexico: Berkman Center at Harvard University Hosts Webcast on ‘Narcotweets’

On July 10, at 12:30pm ET, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University will host a webcast titled “Narcotweets: Reporting on the Mexican Drug War using Social...

Guyana: Being Black

Imran Khan addresses the issue of racism in Guyana, saying: “[It] has become a country in which one is privileged to be Indo-Guyanese and cursed to Afro-Guyanese. It is not...

Russia: Netizens Respond Online and Offline to Devastating Krymsk Floods

On July 6-7, more than 170 people died in the devastating floods in the south of Russia. Bloggers have been arguing about possible causes of the tragedy in the hardest-hit...

China: Political Attribution of Next Generation Leaders

Sinostand evaluates the political attribution or ideological spectrum of the new leaders in the Politburo Standing Committee after the Chinese Communist Party’ 18th Congress in this fall.

Kazakhstan: A Bird Eye's View of Almaty

Photographer Maxim Zolotukhin believes that Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan and the nation's largest city, best reveals itself at a certain height. On Vox Populi, the photographer presents an...

Kuwait: Stateless Community Continues Protesting

The stateless community in Kuwait (Bedoon) has been protesting for their rights to documents and citizenship since February 2011 and netizens are turning to social media to make their voices...

Egypt: Mapping Military Staff in Civilian Administrations

Egyptian independent activists started the mapping initiative el3askarmap [ar] aimed at following what happens to military personnel after their retirement from the army. Very often those senior officers land at...

Foreign Migrant Workers in China

French photographer Benoit Cezard has taken a series of photos in which Caucasians pose as migrant workers, such as such as street vendors and sanitation workers in China. Jing Gao...

Cyprus: Official Opening Ceremony of EU Presidency

On July 1, 2012, Twitter users commented on the official opening ceremony of the Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council under the hashtag #cy2012eu. Meanwhile, Peter Spiegel tweeted a photo...

Hong Kong: Netizens’ Reaction on New Zealand Infant Milk Powder Shortage

The resentment towards mainland consumers in Hong Kong keeps alleviating. The Hong Kong netizens’ reaction on infant milk powder shortage problem in New Zealand is probably more intense that the...

China: Fist-fight Dating

The argument between two prominent microbloggers, Wu Fatian, a male pro communist party academic and Zhou Yan, a female liberal journalist had ended up in a fist-fight dating in a...

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