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5 October 2012

Stories from 5 October 2012

Kazakhstan Joins the Ban on Anti-Islam Film

Kazakhstan has joined a number of other countries in banning the controversial anti-Islamic film "The Innocence of Muslims." The ban has sparked debates in the country about the effectiveness of...

Cuba: Blogger Yoani Sánchez Arrested

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez was arrested last night in the eastern province of Bayamo, Cuba, where she had traveled to attend and report on a trial. Although there are very...

Spain: Police Violence During Protest Outside Congress

The 25S movement brought thousands of people together to protest in front of the Spanish Parliament in Madrid on September 25. The atmosphere became tense, just as predicted, with police...

Spain: The Banks Win, the People Lose

The consulting firm Oliver Wyman, which assesses the solidity of the main Spanish banks, has made public its conclusion: the banks will need 52 000 million euros to get out...

Dominican Republic: Proposal to Toughen Sentences for Minors

The House of Representatives has approved a controversial bill to increase the maximum sentences for minors who commit crimes. Although some support the measure, believing it will decrease the delinquency...

China Updating North Korean Television News

North Korea Tech blog has revealed what had suddenly changed the archaic look of North Korean Television news. A government-run Chinese broadcaster has allegedly donated around US$ 800,000 to North Korea’s...

Venezuela: ‘Faces and Voices’ of an Election

Through a series of photographs and quotes, Portuguese photographer Eduardo Leal captures the thoughts and feelings of the Venezuelan people as they explain who they will vote for in the...

Collaboration on Crowdsourced Mapping in Venezuela

A lot of people will be Tweeting, Facebook updating and texting about the presidential election in Venezuela this weekend -and many will be using social media to share reports of...

China, Taiwan: Is Taiwanese democracy changing Chinese students?

Amanda Bullington followed the BBC News's discussion on whether Taiwanese democracy is changing mainland Chinese students in Tea Leaf Nation by looking into the students’ micro-blog conversations on what they...

Trinidad & Tobago: Attacked Whilst Eating Fast Food

Trinidad businessman Gregory Wight was recently attacked whilst patronizing a doubles stand (doubles are a common street food sandwich). The incident was vehemently condemned on social media, with many bloggers...

El Salvador's First International Literacy Brigade

Madeleine Conway, a member of the University of Santa Cruz CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) chapter, writes about El Salvador's National Literacy Program (NLP) for...

Japan: Prime Minister's Office Starts Using LINE App

The Japanese prime minister's office has opened an account [ja] on LINE, an instant messaging application for smartphone and PCs, to provide useful information to citizens, such as disaster information in case of emergency.

Guatemala: 7 Indigenous Protesters Killed in Totonicapán

At least 7 civilians were killed on October 4 when combined armed forces violently removed indigenous demonstrators from Cuatro Caminos, a well-known road intersection in Guatemala. Demonstrators were protesting the...

Russia: The Opposition Coordinating Council's Great Debates, Day 1.0

"What should the next Duma adopt as its first new law?" "Does Russia have any friends?" Just some of the questions thrown at the candidates for the upcoming elections of...

Bangladesh: Video Contents In Students’ Reach

A growing number of contents available online become useless to people, who do not have access to the internet. Agami, a project based in San Jose, CA has made it...

China: Reactions to U.S. Visa-free Status to Taiwan

Jing Gao from Ministry of Tofu translated some mainland Chinese netizens’ reaction to the U.S government's granting of visa free status to Taiwanese.

Bangladesh: The Value Of Co-existence

Fundamentally, we enrich each other in this life not by merely co-existing but by seeing the value in each other’s existence. And, by helping each other grow, thrive, and prosper,...

China: Same-Sex Marriage in Fujian

Beijing Cream introduces a video of a symbolic same-sex marriage event in Fujian province. A joyful event with many blessings.

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