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16 July 2012

Stories from 16 July 2012

Croatia: 2.8 Million “Inappropriate” Books “Purged” During the 1990s

Social Media and Armenia’s 2012 Parliamentary Elections

Following a bitterly disputed presidential election in 2008, parliamentary elections held on 6 May 2012 were a crucial test for Armenia’s democratic system. What role did social media play?

Mauritania: Military Plane Crashes Killing Seven

On July 12, 2012, a Mauritanian military plane crashed in Nouakchott airport. The accident took the life of 3 soldiers (among them one officer) as well as two custom officials,...

Iran: Is the State Afraid of a 13-Year Old Girl?

An Iranian security court created a stir recently by banning foreign travel for jailed human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband and their 13-year-old daughter, Mehraveh Khandan. Nasrin Stoudeh has been...

Northern Mali: Resistance in the Streets and Online

Northern Mali has been de facto cut off from its central government since the Tuareg rebels then the Islamists drove the army out of their territory. On the ground, tension...

Iran: Who Can Catch a Chicken?

The price of chicken has jumped by more than 80 per cent in the last few months and it seems chicken prices will continue to soar out of people's reach....

Saudi Arabia: Brownies and Kalashnikovs

Bahrain: Making of a Century

Madagascar: Will Air France Jet Purchases Really Help Air Madagascar?

The year 2011 saw Air Madagascar being banned from flying to European destinations due to the airline failing to comply with security regulations. The transition government had been celebrating the...

Arab World: Detect Dialect Search Tool for Twitter

World: Is a Declaration of Internet Freedom What the Internet Needs?

More than a week after rights groups unleashed the Declaration of Internet Freedom, the blogosphere continues to weigh in on the document.

Lebanon: Fresh Attention For Lebanon's Missing and Abducted People

Recent kidnappings carried out since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution have made abduction a constant threat once again and drawn new attention to the issue of Lebanon's missing people.

Syria: Mapping Rape Allegations

Zambia: African Union Leaves Liberation Hero Out of Honors’ List

When Zambia’s foreign minister Given Lubinda went to Ethiopia to attend the African Union summit , he was shocked to discover that the country’s first president, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, was...

Palestine: Letter to Fellow Arabs

Egypt: The Big Pharaoh Grabs His Popcorn

During the recent presidential elections many Egyptians were not really pleased with the options they had in the final round. Some decided to boycott the elections and many others voted...

Brazil: Video of Tribute to Murdered Forest Heroes

China: Rage over Chengguan Again

Hong Kong: Former SCMP Journalists’ Open Letter to the Paper's CEO

Bulgaria: “When You Sack the Person of the Year…”

On July 12, the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council dismissed Judge Todorova, the head of the biggest and most powerful union and the winner of the "Person of the Year" prize...

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