14 March 2013

Stories from 14 March 2013

Trinidad & Tobago: Soldiers as Police?

  14 March 2013

The soldier will have all of the powers of a police officer…but he doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of Police. The Eternal Pantomime thinks that “this precepting of soldiers…is about something deeper and far sinister. It is about controlling the State.”

Guyana, Cuba: Habemus Papam, But “Who Is He”?

  14 March 2013

It's been a full day since the white smoke billowing above the Sistine Chapel signalled the news that Catholics the world over were waiting for: Habemus Papam. As it turned out, the Conclave of Cardinals elected the first Latin American and the first ever Jesuit pope...but, as one blogger asked, "Who is he"?

Allegations Tie Pope Francis to Argentina's ‘Dirty War’ Past

  14 March 2013

Was Jorge Bergoglio -now Pope Francis- involved in Argentina's deadly military dictatorship? Many around the world are asking this question as netizens continue to share information on Bergoglio alleged role in the country's 'Dirty War'. Others have pointed out that Bergoglio has repeatedly denied these accusations, and some have come to his defense.

In Spain, Money for Bulls But Cuts for Citizens

  14 March 2013

In February, the government of the People's Party (PP) agreed to debate a popular initiative to name bullfighting a "Cultural Interest Good" in Spain. It is calculated that more than 500 million euros are invested in bullfighting a year in Spain in the midst of severe of welfare cuts and austerity measures.

Banned Music and Missing Voices in Angola

  14 March 2013

The Angolan National Police have confiscated, amongst other works, DVDs by rapper Brigadeiro 10 Pacotes in an act of censorship against voices that are unsettling the Angolan authorities. A protest was called for in response which ended in police violence and at least one arrest. On the web, citizens remember the activists that disappeared after demonstrations in 2012.

Argentinians, the Government and Pope Francis

  14 March 2013

The announcement "Habemus Papam" caused a lot of happiness among Argentinians when they found out that the new pope is a fellow countryman. Argentinians analyzed his relationship with the current government and celebrated the conclave's decision.

Aung San Suu Kyi Endorses China-backed Mine in Myanmar

  14 March 2013

The commission formed by the government and headed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to probe the violent dispersal of protesters in the Chinese copper mine project has released its report. It found out that police used smoke bombs to disperse protesters. But it still approved the project as long as reforms are implemented in the contract. Residents are criticizing the report

Cambodian Blogs to Read

  14 March 2013

Santel Phin creates a list of must-read blogs in Cambodia. Among the bloggers he mentioned who are writing in English, French, and Khmer are Global Voices authors Kounila, Sopheap, and Tharum.

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