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18 February 2013

Stories from 18 February 2013

Japan's Porn Law is Strangling Artists

World renown Fashion photographer Leslie Kee was arrested for selling obscene images at his latest exhibition in Tokyo. But is his work art or porn? In this post we look...

#Shahbag Protesters Bid Farewell to Brutally Murdered Blogger

As protesters continued their chants at Shahbag calling for Bangladesh's war criminals and affiliates of the Islamist party to be beheaded, one of their own, Ahmed Rajib Haider was brutally...

South Korean Man Allegedly Kills Noisy Neighbors

A 45-year-old South Korean man allegedly killed his two upstairs neighbors during the hectic Lunar New Year holiday weekend. The reason? The man claimed they were too noisy.

Saudi Arabia: Hospital Gives HIV, Minister Gives iPad

Reham al-Hakami is a 13-year-old girl who got infected with HIV after being given a blood transfusion in a hospital in Jizan, in southern Saudi Arabia. The case sparked anger...

Pakistan's Hazara Shias Demand Arrests, Protection After Deadly Bombing

In the latest attack against Pakistan's Hazara Shia minority, a bomb ripped through a busy market in the southwestern city of Quetta in Pakistan on February 16, claiming as many...

Egyptians Elected Morsi Because …

On Twitter, Egyptians who voted for Mohamed Morsi in the Egyptian presidential elections in June 24 are remorseful - and their regret is evident in a new hashtag which reads:...

Global Voices Launches Partnership with Brazil's Pública

Global Voices and the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Pública launched a new partnership on February 18 that will see a wealth of reports with a strong angle on citizen voices...

Brazil: Newspaper and Satire Blog Battle

Spanish Parliamentarians Tweet Secret Mario Draghi meeting

El Presidente del Banco Central Europeo (BCE) Mario Draghi pidió que su intervención en el Congreso español se realizara a puertas cerradas. Pero dos diputados desobedecieron la petición de Draghi...

Videos from “One Billion Rising” Global Protests for Women's Rights

Every third woman falls victim to violence in her lifetime. On February 14, 2013 thousands of people all over the world protested against these daily acts of violence with dance.

500 Reasons to Love Colombia

With Corruption All Too Common, Brazil Pushes Back

More and more cases of corruption are reported all the time in Brazil. However, after the histicoral judgement of those involved in one the largest scandals of corruption in the...

A Second Revolution in Libya?

The road to democracy is a bumpy one for Libyans, who are marking the second anniversary of their revolution this week. Fozia Mohamed charts the reactions of bloggers on the...

Australian Senator Deported for ‘Interfering’ in Malaysian Politics

Australian senator Nick Xenophon was detained for 15 hours at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia before being deported after he was accused of being an ‘enemy of the state.’...

RuNet Skeptical About Chelyabinsk Meteorite

RuNet Echo

The tendency of the RuNet to amplify conspiracy theory explanations of any given event cannot be overestimated.

Indonesia's Bill on Mass Organizations

Ecuador Elections: Another Term for President Rafael Correa

On Sunday, February 17, 2013, 11.6 million people in Ecuador went to the ballot boxes to exercise their right to vote. Preliminary results show that President Rafael Correa has won.

Crowdfunders Empty Pockets for Catalan Independence

Tax Holiday for Albanian Youth?

High Energy Bills Keep Bulgarians Protesting

On Sunday, February 17, tens of thousands of people in Bulgaria's capital Sofia and other cities continued to protest against high electricity and heating bills. Ruslan Trad reports.

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