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3 January 2013

Stories from 3 January 2013

Arab World: Al-Andalus: Fall or Reconquista?

While people in Spain celebrated “El día de la Toma de Granada”, those in the Arab world debated whether it was an Arab occupation of Iberian Peninsula or not.

Call for Portuguese Blogs of the Year 2012

Around 380 blogs have already registered on the ‘Blogs of the Year 2012′ competition launched by Aventar.eu. The most interesting citizen media initiatives from the Portuguese and Portuguese language blogosphere...

Chinese Newspapers’ New Year's Greeting Censored

Chinese liberal newspapers, Southern Weekly‘s New Year's greeting, was censored directly by propaganda officials without the knowledge or consent of editors. The greeting was a tradition of the papers and...

China's Business Environment Tougher on Foreign Companies

Dan Harris from China Law Blog foresees that the business environment for foreign companies is getting tougher in China because of unfair competition. Dans business friends believe that China is...

China's Low Budget Film “Lost in Thailand” Breaks Box Office Records

The movie about two rival business managers has become the most commercially successful Chinese film to date. Via Beijing Cream.

Taliban Commander Maulvi Nazir Killed As US Drone Strikes

Maulvi Nazir, a leading militant of the Taliban, has been killed by an American drone strike. Pakistanis are apprehensive on social media sites about how ordinary citizens and military forces...

Graffiti in Tehran

Iran is not known for its freedom of expression or popular demonstrations in the public. But urban art is not nonexistent there.Frescoes, mosaics and other 'approved' art adorns walls in...

China Visa Denial: Vendetta as Diplomacy?

Following China's Failure to Renew NY Times Reporter's Visa on Dec 31, 2012, Elizabeth Lynch analyzed China's Vendetta and urged for a free foreign press at the China Law & Policy blog....

A Consensus for Political Reform in China

Yanhuang Chunqiu[zh], a political journal within the Chinese Communist Party, has published a bold “New Year Greeting” in its latest edition. The article, titled “The Constitution is a Consensus for...

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