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March, 2013

Stories from March, 2013

As Liberal Russia's Secret Superhero ‘KermlinRussia’ Unmasks, Some See Evil

Arseny Bobrovsky, the owner of a Russian PR firm called “Daily Communications,” would be a thoroughly typical example of Moscow’s “creative class” liberals, were it not for one thing: Bobrovsky...

VIDEO: Ukrainian Power Plant Ablaze, Town's Future Uncertain

At least one person was killed and five injured on March 29 in a major fire at the Vuhlehirska Thermal Power Plant in the Ukrainian town of Svitlodarsk, whose survival...

Russian Anti-Corruption Blogger Appeals to Readers

Alexey Navalny, unofficial protest leader, took to his blog [ru] on March 27 to defend himself from what he says are unfair allegations of corruption. Navalny is currently a suspect in...

Europe for the People, Not the Markets

From March 11 to 17 European citizens organized a week of protests against austerity measures imposed on the countries of the European Union, know as the European Counter Summit. People...

PHOTOS: Street Art Celebrates Chavismo

Brazilian LGBT Advocates Beaten, One Arrested

On March 27, a protest against the recent election of congressman and controversial evangelical preacher Marco Feliciano as chairman of the Committee for Human Rights and Minorities in the Brazilian Deputy...

VIDEO: Student Film on Japan's Ruthless Job Hunt Goes Viral

Recruitment Rhapsody, an emotional short animated film that captures the rigid and obstacle-ridden job hunt process Japanese students must endure has gone viral with more than 350,000 views.

Will Brazil Stem New Tide of Immigration?

The global financial crisis, wars and natural disasters have inspired a new wave of immigration to Brazil. The development of successful immigration policies may contribute to Brazil’s reputation as an...

Official Fine Dining Goes Underground as China Curbs Excesses

China's crackdown on extravagance and banqueting has sent official fine dining underground. Local governments have turned in-house cafeterias into fine restaurants and hosted lavish private dinners in their homes in...

PHOTOS: Life Before Myanmar Violence

Censoring Censorship in China

The above screen capture of a local news brief has gone viral on Chinese social media yesterday. It said: “Recently Myanmar has unblocked Facebook, the world's most popular social media...

China Government's Growing Weibo Footprint

The number of Chinese government Weibo accounts has soared over the past few years and will continue to be so. Via China Digital Times: The survey by the Chinese Academy...

Beware: North Korea Rockets on Standby

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered rockets on standby to attack US military bases in South Korea in response to recent U.S.-South Korea joint military drills. North Korea Leadership Watch...

China's Social Web Fawns Over First Lady

China's fashionable first lady Peng Liyuan has not only made the front cover of newspapers home and abroad, but also has attracted a hardcore following on popular Chinese microblogging site...

Caribbean: Technology Regulation

Has technology outpaced regulation in the Caribbean? ICT Puslse takes a closer look.

Trinidad & Tobago: Warner's Woes

The headlines in Trinidad and Tobago's mainstream media over the last couple of days have focused on a Reuters exclusive report that Daryan Warner, son of former FIFA Vice-President (and...

Guyana: Hole in the Wall

The Seawall in Georgetown is a unique social hub – a place to see and be seen – so naturally, Guyana-Gyal is concerned about a massive hole “on top of...

Migration a ‘Tragedy’ for Kyrgyzstan

About 2,000 young and well-educated professionals leave Kyrgyzstan every year. Begimai Sataeva on NewEurasia.net calls the outward migration of the bright and skilled young people a ‘real tragedy’ that affects...

Senegal Releases Influential Religious Leader Charged in Disciples’ Murder

Accusations of injustice are flying after a Senegal court granted provisional release to Islamic leader Cheikh Bethio Thioune, a once privileged presidential ally in the predominantly Muslim country who was...

African Cinema Honored at Film Festival

Boukari Ouédraogo wrote [fr] about the 23rd Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO, Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou).  The festival took place from February 23 to March 2, 2013:...

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