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31 December 2012

Stories from 31 December 2012

Shahzeb Khan – Symbol of Hope Against Pakistan's Powerful Feudals

Through social media, the face of 20-year-old Shahzeb Khan has become a symbol of hope against Pakistan's powerful Feudal-elites, who live with impunity, above the law.

All About Grassroots Change Movements

Gaurav Mishra analyzes the dynamics of grassroots change movements and how they work to make an impact in the mainstream using social media.

Dhaka Will Soon Have A Crowdsourced Bus Map

Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and home to millions, but the megacity doesn’t have a bus map.

An Open Letter to President Hugo Chavez, from El Salvador

From El Salvador, Paolo Lüers, the blogger on Columna transversal, posts an open letter [es] to Venezuelan President, Mr Hugo Chavez, and tells him “something that the few ones who...

Japan's Kanji of the Year 2012

The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation has announced the kanji of the year 2012 is gold (金) on December 12, 2012. How do netizens conceive this announcement and how do...

WCIT and its Relationship to the Internet: Issues and Challenges

The Vía Libre Foundation continues its analysis after the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), which took place between December 3 and 14, 2012, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Costa Rica: Of Mills and a New Year

There were days when I felt the mill go slowly, too slowly, desperately slowly. Other days, I felt the mill spinning vertiginously, so I couldn't take a breathe and just...

“Bogotá's Traffic Jams Are Horrific Now? Well, Just Wait!”

Mike's Bogota Blog rants about traffic jams in Colombian capital city, Bogotá, and foresees the situation can only get worse: Congress, in all its wisdom, has included in the tax...

Most Read Stories on Global Voices in 2012

This year we've seen both successes and setbacks for online social movements, wars, injustice and tragedy - but also countless stories of human bravery and survival to give us high...

“Nobody Gets Mad on the Last Day”

Remembering his school days, Tomas Bradanovic [es] writes on his self-named blog “at elementary school, the last day of school year was the occasion for commiting any kind of mischievousness...

Celebrating 2012 with Global Voices

As the year draws to a close, we’d like to express our gratitude for the hard work, creativity and care of so many in the Global Voices community. 2012 has...

Top Five Moments for Argentina in 2012

Javier, the blogger of Fin del Capitalismo ¿Salvaje? (End of wild? Capitalism), lists the five top moments [es] in Argentina in 2012.

From Indigenous Protests to Online Preaching, Portuguese Language Countries in 2012

As the last day of the calendar approaches, we select a few glimpses of citizen media from the action and imagination of the Portuguese-speaking online world.

Bolivia: Nationalization and football

From Bolivia, blogger Eduardo Bowles refers to the nationalization of Spanish company Iberdrola [es]: […] amidst a severe credibility crisis and when the bumpings with Chile weren't enough for “beating...

“Cousins” from São Tomé and Príncipe Unite the Diaspora Through Online Radio

They say that "We Are All Cousins" and they make use of online tools and social media to unite virtually the people of São Tomé and Príncipe in the diaspora...

No Haven for Citizen Journalists in Bahrain

After Bahrain police “Slap” video went viral the Minister of Interior issued a statement in which he asked that “anyone who films such an event should report it immediately” to...

Cambodia: Major Events of 2012

Albeiro Rodas reviews the major events and issues in Cambodia in the year 2012. He mentions the passing away of King Norodom Sihanouk as the most important event in Cambodia...

State of Freedom of Speech in Tunisia in 2012

In 2012, the battle for freedom of expression continued in Tunisia. Though the internet remained uncensored, free speech advocates voiced concerns over the use of religion as a pretext to...

Cambodia: Timeline of Human Rights Violations

Sithi provides a timeline of human rights violations in Cambodia from 1993 up to the present. This documentation project also highlights the rise of human right abuses involving land ownership.

Thailand's ‘Skype Doctors’

“Virtual ER”, launched in 2011, serves as a direct means of communication between BNH Hospital's Emergency Room and patients via Skype…Patients or helpers can speak to and see the nurses...

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