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18 December 2012

Stories from 18 December 2012

Tajiks and Uzbeks Disagree on Birthplace of Poet

The dispute over the birthplace of the Poet Rudaki [whom both Uzbekistan and Tajikistan claim "as one of their own"] is heating up and may soon lead to wine-throwing and...

Hungarian Students Call for Nationwide Strike

Hungarian high school and college students, who are demanding that the government set university admission quotas to a reasonable level and help those from lower income households to access higher education, are...

Independent Turkmen Website Hacked

Chronicles of Turkmenistan (www.chrono-tm.org), the website run by Turkmen human rights activists in exile, has been hacked [ru] for the third time this year and remains down. Catherine Fitzpatrick on Different Stans blog suggests...

Delhi Gang Rape Case Evokes Rage Across India

A recent gang-rape of a 23 year-old woman on a Delhi bus has stirred shock and outrage in India. This incident has raised a lot of questions regarding public safety...

United States: Occupy Sandy Stands Up to Destruction

Occupy Sandy has proved to be a great help in alleviating the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Organized by the group InterOccupy, Occupy Sandy was created as a part of...

The Elusive Quest for Peace with the M23 in the DRC

The current conflict in the Kivu Region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) threatens to linger on despite an international effort to broker a truce between the M23 rebellion...

Colombia: Where's the Indignation?

Blogger Miguel from Mike's Bogota Blog lists some situations that make people feel indignation and wonders: So, why is it that all kinds of vehicles and industry can poison us,...

People's Daily: The Internet is Not Outside the Law

On Dec 18, China's state media, People's Daily published a piece titled “The Internet is Not Outside the Law,” which serves as a reminder of government control over internet and social media...

Infographic: Ten Ways of Torture in China's Black Jail

Tencent News recently published an infographic introducing how prisoners have been tortured in the black jail in Chongqing, China. The black jail was set up by Bo Xilai and the...

Increasing Risks of Humanitarian Disaster in Masisi Territory of DR of Congo

Much suggests Masisi territory being the neuralgic point, both in terms of politico-military contest and its humanitarian consequences.Any extension of the M23 conflict farther into Masisi territory contains immense potential...

Brunei: National Day Logo 2013

Fiji Hit by Strong Cyclone

Hong Kong: Grandma's Wallet

In Hong Kong, many old people are living in poverty despite the fact that the society is very prosperous as a whole. The video taken by Wu Hoi Ching shows...

Japan: Signature Campaign Calling for the Release of Anti-Nuclear Scholar

An online signature campaign has been launched to call for the release of Masaki Shimoji, Associate Professor of Economy at Hannan University, who has been arrested by Osaka police on...

Football: Who Holds the Record, Argentina's Messi or Zambia's Chitalu?

Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi has broken most footballing records including the number of goals scored in a season, or has he? An unlikely challenger to Messi's record, who is a...

Censorship Lift for “V for Vendetta” Shocks China

V for Vendetta, a film produced in 2005 about a near-future dystopian society, previously censored in China, was aired on China Central Television Station (CCTV) Channel Six on December 14,...

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