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4 December 2012

Stories from 4 December 2012

Anti-Fascism Unites Hungary

Thousands of Hungarians stood united at a rally in Budapest on Sunday. Politicians from the ruling and opposition parties were there, too. The public debate on the far right gaining...

Remembering the Night the Russian Opposition Would Prefer to Forget

Yesterday, The New Times published a retrospective on last winter's mass protests, highlighting how the Internet played a vital role in mobilizing thousands of people in a city that, until...

Trinidad & Tobago: What Direction For Creative Industries?

As the government moves to merge various creative entities (film, fashion, theatre, dance, the visual arts and Carnival) under the purview of one company - the Trinidad & Tobago Creative...

Ecuadorian Blogger Paúl Moreno is Freed

Ecuadorian blogger Paúl Moreno had been arrested on November 30, 2012, on charges of fraudulent access to computer systems and databases, after he demonstrated that the government website datoseguro.gov.ec lacks...

Chinese Writer Foresees the Future of China in Social Media

Prominent writer and critic of censorship in China Murong Xuecun sees great potential in Chinese social media in pushing for a more democratic China. He tweeted on Nov 28[zh], translation here:...

2012 China Internet Report

How is Internet in China different from the rest of the world? IDG Captial Partners, a China-focued investment company offered us a glimpse into the internet situation in China in...

Crossing the Colombia-Venezuela Border

The Colombo-Venezuelan border is a two-faced, majestic beauty burdened by the protracted armed conflict in Colombia, the massive drug trade, and the illegal armed groups that enter and leave both...

Brazil: Humanities Students Claim Right to Study Abroad

The announcement to exclude the humanities in the new government notice outlying the official rules for application to the federal program to send Brazilian university students abroad, Ciência Sem Fronteiras...

Bulgarian Activist on Hunger Strike Against State Monopoly

On Dec. 1, Chavdar Yanev set up a tent in front of the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council in Sofia and went on hunger strike to protest a judicial system that...

Australia: Plain Cigarette Packaging a World First

Australia’s new plain cigarette packaging law, which began on December 1, 2012, was greeted with pleasure by most onliners. Meanwhile, the tobacco industry has argued that plain packaging will increase...

Slovenia's New President Elected Amidst Anti-Corruption Protests

The second round of the 2012 presidential election in Slovenia, in which the former Slovenian PM Borut Pahor defeated the incumbent president Danilo Türk, took place on Dec. 2, amidst...

Have M23 Rebels Really Left Goma, DRC?

Backed by the Rwandan government, M23 rebels seized control of the city of Goma in the Kivu region, near the Rwandan border. Despite reports that the rebellion have agreed to...

Iran: Sanctions and Shortages, Empty Pockets for Healthcare

Ever since 15 year-old Manouchehr Esmaili-Liousi died of complications from hemophilia due to a shortage of medication, Iranians have been analyzing their health crisis. Sanctions definitely play a role, but...

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