Stories from 16 March 2013
Peru: Controversy Ahead of Lima's Recall Referendum
Lima will hold a recall referendum tomorrow, March 17, to decide whether Susana Villarán keeps her post as mayor of Peru's capital. The last surveys showed the 'Yes' ahead of the 'No' by 8%, but a recent debate where some of the 'Yes' representatives didn't show up could change things.
Revenge Attacks Target Bangladesh Hindus for Islamist Leader's Death Sentence
Bangladesh's Hindus have come under attack as Islamists, angry over the death sentence handed down to top Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi by a special war crimes tribunal, engage in a fiery rampage nationwide.
Parveen Rehman Killed, Pakistan's Largest Slum Loses its Guardian Angel
Parveen Rehman, a leading social worker in Pakistan was shot dead close to the country's largest slum Orangi, in Karachi were she had worked tirelessly for three decades. A trained architect, Parveen documented land in the ever-growing city to protect it from Karachi's notorious land mafia, who she had been receiving death threats from for years.
China: Urumqi International Bazaar
Xinjiang Far West tours its readers around the largest Bazaar in the World, the International Grand Bazaar at the heart of Uyghur, Xinjiang province.
China's Smear Campaign Against Apple
A number of celebrities echoed China Central Television program that criticized Apple in the Consumers’ Rights Protection Day. Yet netizens are clever to find out that their accounts are either being hacked of some of them are paid to do so. (From Ministry of Tofu)
Anti-Whaling Activists Hit a Nerve in Japan
Online commentary surrounding a collision between a Japanese harpoon ship and two vessels from the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd last month has offered a glimpse into the Japanese public's nuanced perspective on whaling.
The Old Woman and a Potato: Ukraine's Poverty Story Goes Viral
Journalist Olena Danko wrote a short post about her supermarket encounter with an old woman who had just enough money to buy a single potato. A heartbreaking story, typical for Ukraine, with nothing in it that could surprise anyone who has lived in the country. Yet, within hours, it went viral.