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4 February 2013

Stories from 4 February 2013

Human Rights Group Maps Russian Internet Censorship

On February 1, the Russian human rights group Agora released a report [ru] on RuNet censorship in 2012, titled “Russia As a Global Threat to a Free Internet,” documenting various limitations...

Dear PSY, Don't Dance with the Prime Minister of Malaysia

Dear our idol, PSY, we love your song and we love how Gangnam Style could rock the party, however, please do not come to Malaysia. […] If you come to Malaysia,...

Chobi Mela VII: Photographs Connecting People of The World

The 7th Chobi Mela (Photo Fair), a biennial festival of photography, is taking place in Bangladesh capital Dhaka. This international event is perhaps the world’s most demographically inclusive photo festival...

Stormy Waters? The Maritime Border Disputes between Bolivia, Chile and Peru

The International Court of Justice is due to make a ruling on the longstanding maritime border dispute between Chile and Peru. Pablo Andres Rivero explains why the dispute has not...

The Mapuche in Modern Chile

After the launching of the book “The Mapuche in Modern Chile” by doctor Joanna Crow, website Chileno  presents an interview with the author and notes: In the work, Dr Crow...

Elmo, Domo and Pikachu Bring Smiles to Japan

“Project: Holding hands” (Teo Tsunago Daisakusen) [ja, en] is an art project that uses iconic children's characters to bring smiles to the people of Japan, especially children following the 2011 earthquake.

India: Not-for-profit vs. For-profit Ventures

In India it is easier to find funding for a not-for-profit handicraft venture than for for-profit. And these funds are sometimes used to keep alive trades that are inefficient and...

Saudi Activist Trial Postponed Without Prior Notice

A new trial was supposed to start today [Feb 4, 2013] for Saudi Political and Civil Rights Association (ACPRA) co-founder Dr Abdulkareem al-Khudr. Two of the association's co-founders, Dr Abdullah...

Japan's Press Freedom Ranking Drops

Japan has dropped from the 22nd spot to 53rd, recording the biggest drop of any Asian country, on the 2013 Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. The report highlights lack of transparency and access...

Palestine: Fighting with the Poem

Amira Abd El-Khalek, an Egyptian blogger who studied English literature and anthropology in Egypt and UK, wrote on the Arabic Literature blog about an evening of Palestinian poets, Asma’a Azaizeh...

Egypt: Morsi's State

Egyptian writer and journalist, Wael Eskandar, comments on the current Egyptian events.

Trinidad & Tobago: Questionable Résumés

Trinidad and Tobago-based bloggers weigh in on the latest political controversy, in which Hafizool Mohammed, who serves on the Commission of Inquiry into the 1990 attempted coup, had many indiscrepancies...

An Online Campaign Demands Quality Journalism from La Vanguardia

The Catalan Association for Scientific Communication, the Spanish Association of Scientific Communication and the Society for the Progression of Critical Thinking have started an Internet campaign via online petition platform...

“Firsthand” Reporting on Huffington Post

Firsthand is a new distributed reporting project from The Huffington Post that calls on U.S. readers every month to submit text, photos and videos describing how an issue like immigration...

Brunei has Freest Press in Southeast Asia?

According to the press freedom index for 2013 released by Reporters Without Borders, Brunei ranked highest in Southeast Asia (122). It was followed by Thailand (135), Indonesia (139), and Cambodia...

Infographic: Where Does Beijing's Air Pollution Come From?

China's Sohu Business recently released an infographic explaining the origin of Beijing’s air pollution. According to the infographic, vehicle emissions are the number one reason for the terrible air. TeaLeafNation...

Malaysia's Green Issues in 2013

An increasingly discerning electorate coupled with growing environmental awareness means that governments and corporations can no longer get away with sloppy environmental management. Instead of being defensive, the best way...

Cambodia: Funeral of King Father Sihanouk

Hundreds of thousands of mourners lined the way, but in my estimation the crowd was noticeably smaller and thinner crowd showed for the return of the King Father's remains from...

Taiwan: Who Misled Noam Chomsky?

Noam Chomsky's support for an anti-media monopoly campaign in Taiwan has recently been spun into a story of the intentional distortion of Chomsky's position by activists because the placard has...

Digital Monitoring of Kenya Elections 2013

Uchaguzi is a Kenya’s citizen digital crowdsourcing monitoring/mapping effort:”The Kenyan 2013 Elections are just over a month away. If this past weekend’s political nominations are any indication, there will be...

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