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8 October 2012

Stories from 8 October 2012

Barbados: Is Austerity The Way To Go?

So, we must ask again: Who is Fooling Whom? If government cuts back on health and education services there will be massive job losses. Sounds as if the BLP are...

Russia: Winners & Losers in Round 1 of the Opposition's Debates

The first stage of the Russian opposition's Coordinating Council debates has ended. So who has advanced to the next round of debates? Who among the candidates is best winning the...

Chile: Mapuche Prisoners on Hunger Strike for Over 40 Days

The hunger strike has now surpassed 40 days and, according to a spokesperson for the prisoners, the men have deteriorated physically and are experiencing symptoms of insomnia, cramps and muscle...

Peru: Pollution in Lake Titicaca

Pollution in Lake Titicaca has reached alarming levels. In February of this year, the lake was declared as "Threatened Lake of the Year 2012" by the organizations Global Nature Fund...

Swaziland: The Princess show-stopper ‘virginity dance’

Welcome DLAMINI writes about ‘virginity dance’ in a post published on swazilive.com: Her Royal Highness Princess Sikhanyiso performed her show-stopper ‘virginity dance’ under floodlights yesterday as the 2012 Reed Dance...

Brazil: Electoral Propaganda Waste

On the aftermath of Brazilian municipal elections that took place on October 7, 2012, the Facebook page Quem suja agora vai sujar depois (Who messes now will mess afterwards) [pt]...

Arab World: Romney's Middle East Agenda Rapped

Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech was rapped by netizens across the Arab World today. If elected, Romney pledged to take a more “engaged” foreign policy, as opposed to Obama's wait-and-see...

Colombia: The Conflicting Relationship With ‘The Public’

After riots at the campus of the National University of Colombia in Bogotá last week, some students proposed [es] to paint the buildings white to express their rejection of vandalism,...

First Doctor Account of the HIV epidemic in China

Yaxue Cao from Seeing Red in China translated Dr. Wang Shuping's account of the discovery the HIV epidemic in Henan province and how she was stopped by the profit-making blood...

Tunisia: General Strike in Thala

On Twitter, Tounsia Hourra (Free Tunisian) says [ar] there is a general strike in Thala, in the province of Kasserine, today [October 8, 2012]. The protest is against rising unemployment...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Responsibilities of Photographers

If you are unable to distinguish yourself from dozens of rapacious competitors… If you are unable to successfully negotiate the right to deliver finished files that demonstrate value to a...

Kenya: Money Can Buy Us Declare ‘Campus Divas for Rich Men’

‘Campus Divas For Rich Men’ is a Facebook page dedicated to hooking up female Kenyan university students under the age of 26 with rich men of any age. This bold...

South Korea: Belated Response to Toxic Gas Leak Affecting Thousands

In the small South Korean city of Gumi, the authorities' slow response to a toxic gas leakage disaster has prompted angry reactions from citizens. Click through to see photos of...

China: Student Throws Shoe to Defend Free Speech

A student from Hainan University threw his shoe recently at Maoist commentator, Sima Nan, to protest against the absence of free speech in China. Watch the video of the incident...

On National Holiday Portugal's President Hoists Flag – Upside Down

The official celebrations of October 5 in Portugal, a national holiday that celebrates the establishment of the republic in 1910, was marked this year by a symbolic and rather unfortunate...

Ethnic Tensions in Hong Kong

Jody-Lan Castle has produced a documentary addressing the problem of ethnic tensions in Hong Kong. The government has failed to cater the need of ethnic minorities in policy areas such...

Grenada: Ruling Party Expels Seven Members at Convention

The theme song tonight at the end of convention rally of Grenada's ruling National Democratic Congress was “Better Days Are Coming.” Interestingly the response chorus to the song was: “They...

Venezuela: Chávez Era to Extend for Six More Years

After the most contested and intense elections of the last decade, Venezuela will see six more years under the administration of Hugo Chávez Frías. Traffic on social networks, particularly on...

Blog Action Day 2012 Celebrates ‘The Power of We’

So far, bloggers from 95 countries are ready to type with fast and fit fingers. For one day they will blog about one common theme creating a colorful collection of...

China: Netizens Believe Chinese Writer Mo Yan Doesn't Deserve Nobel Prize

This year, two hot candidates for the Nobel Literature Prize is Chinese writer Mo Yan and Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Alia from Off-beat China tracked the discussion online and found...

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