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2 April 2013

Stories from 2 April 2013

When Russians Don't Love Their Children

In the last year, the wellbeing of children in Russia has again found itself at the center of political debate. In just the last week, two figures commonly identified with...

Australia: Whistleblower Fires Coal Seam Gas Debate

A whistleblower has added fire to ongoing arguments about the environmental impact of the coal seam gas industry in Australia with revelations on ABCTV's 4 Corners program.

Racism in Costa Rican Football

José Medrano in Carepicha Blog [es] speaks out against racism in football games and in society in general. I think that racist insults should be punished with a high fine...

‘Tribewanted’ Creates, Connects Eco-Villages

Renewable energy, permaculture and green building, along with local traditions and eco-tourism: welcome to Tribewanted – an online community launched in 2006 based on the idea of “global citizenship” and harnessing...

Chechen Leader's Tone-deaf Instagram Post

On April 1, 2013, the 20 year anniversary of Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper critical of the government and known for its investigative reporting, Head of the Chechen Republic (formerly...

Report: Attacks on Argentinian Press Spiked in 2012

The Argentinian Journalism Forum released its 2012 edition of the Freedom of Expression Monitor, which reported a 41 percent rise in the number of attacks against the press. Political power...

Century-Old Trees Face the Axe in Brazil

Residents in host city Porto Alegre are threatening to climb and occupy century-old trees in Southern Brazil to save them from being axed for an expansion project in preparations for...

Foreign Investment Sidelines East Timorese

Olavio Quintas, from the eastern tip of Timor, expresses his frustration with “development” in his country to Radio Liberdade Dili. He says “Timorese people have become observers to foreigners’ investments” lamenting the...

Chinese Teen Calls for Weibo Censorship

A 13-year-old girl, who was put on stage in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and criticized by netizens because of the “voice-over” arrangement, has seemingly come out...

Hong Kong: International Pillow Fight 2013

Hongwrong.com is going to hold its third international pillow fight in Hong Kong on April 6, 2013.

Girls Are Told Not to Leave Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz parliament might soon ban girls under 23 years of age from leaving the country without parental consent. The bill which is aimed at preventing female migrants from becoming...

What do we do at Global Voices Catalonia?

On 27 February, the Global Voices international community of bloggers presented its Catalan edition in Barcelona. In this post we explain who we are, what we do and how to...

The Islamic Caliphate of North Korea

A tweet [ko] directing people to this fake blog post received quite some attention on April Fools’ day. Looking like a legit news article, the post says that North Korea announced that it...

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