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16 November 2012

Stories from 16 November 2012

Egyptians are Writing their own Secular Law .. on Twitter

Egyptians are drafting their very own secular law - on Twitter. It all started when Mahmoud Salem - aka Sandmonkey - suggested writing such a law after noting that Islamists...

Is Israel Planning a Ground Invasion of Gaza?

Gazans braced themselves for another day of continuous shelling, as news trickles in of the possibility of an Israeli ground invasion. Like yesterday, Palestinian bloggers in Gaza have been keeping...

What is the Role of the Army in Africa Today?

The army has often played a determining but ambiguous role in the African political process. Between 1950 and 2000, 53 African countries were subject to military coups leading to regime...

An Invitation to Discuss Reforms to Costa Rica's Cybercrime Law

Ticoblogger invites [es] netizens to discuss [es] proposed reforms to Costa Rica's Cybercrime Law. The site calls on bloggers, Twitter users and blog readers to analyze and report any errors...

Chad: A Petition to Fight Impunity

Makaila ‘s blog published [fr] a petition cosigned by several human right organizations in Chad that bemoans the absence of investigation regarding war crimes. In addition, the petition notes [fr] that : We would like to...

Is Ethiopia Fit to be a Member of the United Nations Human Rights Council?

Ethiopia was among four African countries that were elected as members of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 12 November, 2012. Considering Ethiopia's poor human rights record, many Ethiopians...

Chinese Intellectuals’ Silence Amid Tibetan Self-Immolations

Last week New York Time ran an article about the silence of Chinese intellectuals amid waves of Tibetan self-immolations. Gao Yu, a Chinese human rights activist commented [zh] on Twitter:...

Hong Kong: Peaceful protest in solidarity with Gaza

Outraged by the Israeli air strikes attacks in Gaza earlier this week, peace activist in Hong Kong has organized a peaceful protest in the coming Sunday (November 18, 2012) to...

Iran: Netizens Reflect on Four More Years for Obama

With Iran featuring as one of the main topics of US foreign policy, it's no surprise that Iranians took a great interest in the election. The majority of Iranians wanted...

Night Clashes Overshadow Portugal's Largely Peaceful General Strike

The general strike of November 14, 2012, in Portugal once again brought people against austerity to the streets across the country. The real motivations for the demonstrations however, were ignored...

Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh on Hunger Strike in Prison

Iranian human rights activist, lawyer and Sakharov Prize winner Nasrin Sotoudeh has been on hunger strike for more than four weeks in reaction to the restrictions imposed on her family...

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