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10 January 2013

Stories from 10 January 2013

Internet Boycott Leads to Resignation of “La Comay” in Puerto Rico

On 8 January, social networks were flooded with reports of the resignation of producer Antulio "Kobbo" Santarrosa, the man behind the puppet personality La Comay, probably the most controversial show...

Russia's Protest Movement Is Back (to Usual)

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past year: the Russian protest movement—which sprung to life in December 2011—has collapsed. Trusted demonstration speakers are...

Chadian President Names Sons at Key Executive Positions

Djamil Ahmat reports that Chadian president Déby named his son Mahamat Idriss Déby, 24, general of brigade [fr] along with 4 other officers. Tchadanthopus adds that his other son Zackaria Idriss...

East Timorese Politicians on Social Media

The most popular East Timorese politician on Facebook, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, with a page that counts up to 6,737 likes, doesn't update it at all. Despite having used Facebook quite...

Communications and Social Change Awards Open for Nominations

The Centre for Communication and Social Change at the University of Queensland in Australia is accepting nominations for individuals and organisations working in the theory and/or practice of communications for...

The Three Kings Visit New York

The Three Kings came and went, but not before passing through New York City to celebrate with hundreds of children that came out for the parade. This Christmas celebration has...

What Happened to the Cable? Cubans Discuss Internet Access

Over a year after the arrival of a new fiber optic cable to Cuba, the island has failed to see improvements in connectivity speed nor an increase in access to...

China: Significance of the Southern Weekend Incident

Sino Stand analyzes the social and political implications of Southern Weekend incident in China. Indeed it is a surprising signal that many of China’s youth are primed to push for...

China's Ten Ugliest Statues

Barry van Wyk from DANWEI gives the readers a tour on China's top 10 ugliest statues.

Students Revisit the Unique Link between Corsica and Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico and Corsica (France) share a common bond that is often revisited by an exchange program led by the university of Puerto Rico [fr]. Notwithstanding their similar geographic and agricultural traits...

Chinese Ambiguous Writing on Porridge in Support of Southern Weekly

David Bandurski from China Media Project explains a sublime and ambiguous Chinese writing style used through out the China's history to express political meaning. This time, the example is a...

How Many Twitter Users in China?

A few months ago, a research marketing company claimed that 35 million people in China used Twitter. Jason from Blocked in Weibo puts forward a more sophisticated estimation. Among the...

Misconceptions about the Economic Situation in Iceland

BECAUSE I’M TIRED OF PEOPLE SPREADING UNTRUTHS Baldur Bjarnason writes a blogpost on how the crisis in Iceland is actually unfolding on Studio Tendra. He details the cozy relationship between...

Conversations: A Road Trip to Idlib

As part of our effort to highlight civilian stories, below is a conversation between Syria Deeply and a Syrian university student. She’s from a conservative Sunni family in Aleppo. She...

Central Asia's Vegan Dishes

Jordan: Good White Morning from Amman

Amin Amin shares this photograph from the Jordanian capital Amman this morning:

Public Prosecutor Seeks Flogging for Saudi Women Protesters

Last Saturday, January 5th, relatives of uncharged prisoners managed to organize a small protest in Saudi Arabian city Buraida to demand the release of the prisoners. The protesters, all of...

Kuwaiti Twitter User Jailed for Two Years for Insulting Emir

Kuwait slapped a two year prison sentence to yet another Twitter user for using the microblogging site to insult its ruler. Netizens react.

China to Surpass the US by 2049?

A report released on January 8, 2013, by the Chinese Academy of Sciences says that China is likely to surpass the United States in all areas by 2049, and the...

Police Harass Ordinary Citizens in Kerala, India

The Delhi gang-rape case has activated many live discussions and the moral policing of the Indian societies. In Kerala, most recently there have been three incidents of police harassing the...

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