8 February 2013

Stories from 8 February 2013

European Regional Differences

  8 February 2013

Slovak NGO/think-tank Conservative Institute [en] blogged [sk] about the results of a study of 270 second-level EU regions (NUTS 2). Comparing changes in unemployment, they found that during 1990-2011, despite the growing amount of Euro-funds, the differences between the regions grew by about 4 percentage points. In more than 50...

Gay Korean Actor Reveals Coming Out Struggles

  8 February 2013

After Hong Suk-chun, the first openly gay actor in South Korea, discussed the struggles he has faced since coming out as a gay man in 2000 in a recent talk show, net users discussed the country's changing attitudes toward homosexuality and reflected on the reality that sexual minorities confront in South Korea.

Paraguay: Military Relationships

  8 February 2013

An article published [pt] by Natalia Viana and Jessica Mota on the Agency of Report and Investigative Journalism website notes that “Wikileaks documents reveal that the United States trained hundreds of Paraguayan police and army officers between 2005 and 2010 – among which we can find future military commanders of...

Bangladesh: All Roads Lead To Shahbagh

  8 February 2013

The protests at Shahbagh intersection in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka continue for the fourth day. Protesters demand capital punishment for Jamaat-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah and other war criminals on trial.

Critic Rises within Communist Party of China

  8 February 2013

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged the Communist Party of China (CPC) to be more tolerant of criticism and receptive to the views of non-communists. His comment has drawn a lot of interests on Weibo and Twitter, some responded with hope, others reacted with skepticism. CHINA DIGITAL TIMES has more...

YouTube Removes North Korea Propaganda Video

  8 February 2013

The latest North Korea propaganda video that shows an animated version of New York city in flames, had been removed from YouTube as a video game maker, Activision, filed a copyright infringement complaint. North Korea Tech explains more about the video.

The Romanian-Hungarian “War of the Flags”

  8 February 2013

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the ongoing diplomatic confrontation between Romania and Hungary, sparked by the Romanian authorities’ ban on flying the flag of the Székely Land, an ethnic Hungarian enclave currently demanding territorial autonomy within Romania.

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