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15 October 2012

Stories from 15 October 2012

Indonesia: Setback in the Fight Against Illegal Drugs?

Multibrand questions the sincerity of the Indonesian government in fighting illegal drugs after a drug trafficker was granted clemency by the president.

Controversy over Nobel Peace Prize to European Union

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union (EU) has sparked a lively debate in the media and on social networks in Europe and the rest of...

Portugal: Siege to Parliament Live

Thousands of protesters in Lisbon are gathered in front of the Assembly of the Republic, in response to a call for a “Siege to São Bento [Palace]” [pt], the home to...

Portugal: Global Noise Cultural Protest in Images

In Portugal, October 13's Global Noise pot-banging protests took the form of performing arts and cultural demonstrations in 14 cities, under the motto "Screw the troika! We want our lives"....

Russia: Lawmaker Wants to Regulate Social Networks

A few days ago several Russian bloggers were incensed by the idea that a Duma committee responsible for legislating the internet was going to propose a new law requiring passport...

Russia: Elections to Opposition Coordinating Council Fail to Attract Regional Voters

Leonid Volkov, the brains behind technical aspects of the coming independent opposition elections [ru], has posted an interesting bit of statistics [ru] on his blog. Out of the approximately 90,000 people currently...

Argentina: Guarani Leader Wins International Rural Women's Day Prize

Fionuala Cregan reports that Matilde Lucio, an indigenous leader in a Guarani community in Jujuy, in northern Argentina, “will be awarded one of 10 international prizes for her creativity in rural...

Mauritania: Confusion Reigns over “Accidental” Shots that Wounded President Aziz

“@weddady: The official version on Aziz being “wounded lightly” was completely nonsense. He is seriously injured à la Dadis Camara.. #Mauritania“ Twitter update from Mauritanian activist Nasser Waddady upon hearing official...

Barbados: “Modest” Proposals for Political Reform

Instead of adopting policies merely to “keep up” with the rest of the world, we need to adopt a system which enables for maximum prioritization in preemptive motioning for our...

India: Online Video Archive for Performing Arts

Shabda is an unique online archive of videos presenting lecture demonstrations on various Indian art forms. Inspired by the TED talk format, Shabda's creators invite experts in music, dance or...

Montenegro: General Elections 2012

BalkanInsight's live blog [en] of this past Sunday's parliamentary elections in Montenegro ends its coverage with this summary: […] No surprises in the Montenegro elections, if the preliminary results are...

Jamaica: Who's a Minority?

The sad irony of race in Jamaica is that numerical minorities tend to hog the majority of social space in so many arenas. Carolyn Cooper deals with the response to her...

Costa Rica Advances in Legislation for Wildlife Protection

Costa Rica is advancing in legislation to protect wildlife. On October 10, President Laura Chinchilla signed a decree that strengthens the controls on shark finning in Costa Rican waters. Furthermore,...

It's Blog Action Day! Celebrate the “Power Of We”

Every year, bloggers around the world join forces and write about one topic, on one day, to reach a collective audience of millions. It's Blog Action Day today, and we're...

Madagascar: Global Voices in Malagasy Reaches Milestone

Lingua project Global Voices in Malagasy has just published its 5,000th post. The project was started on September 12, 2007 and was one of the first African lingua project. There are...

Angola: Elinga Theatre, from Glory to Oblivion

For 24 years the Elinga Theatre kept its doors open to promote and develop theatre and the imagination in Angola. Like other historical buildings in Luanda, the Elinga is also...

Blogger's Visit to Tokyo's Rare Korean Book Center

North Korea Tech blogger posted about his visit to a small and rare book center in Japan archiving documents and contents related to North Korea.

Taiwan: Media Workers Act to Save Journalistic Autonomy

In response to the erosion of journalistic autonomy, professional journalists, scholars and independent media workers start to put forward concrete plans and take action to save professional journalism.

China: Is Mo Yan a Stooge of the Chinese Government?

Mo may not be a ‘dissident’ in the model of Liu Xiaobo or Vaclav Havel, but his work is filled with depictions of the venality, cruelty, and stupidity of power...

China: Cross-province News Censorship

Jing Gao from Ministry of Tofu explains how the Fujian government extended its black hand to Yunnan to stop the publication of a news story that exposes the corruption of...

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