16 April 2013

Stories from 16 April 2013

Venezuela's Post-election Tension Escalates

  16 April 2013

As Nicolás Maduro was being declared the new President of Venezuela, the social networks were calling for public protests and an election recount. Incitement to action on both sides of the political landscape is expected to increase.

Guyana: Smelly City

  16 April 2013

A canal in the capital smells so rancid “it can kill a nation”. Guyana-Gyal smelled it and lived to tell the tale.

Beer & Twitter Prove Toxic Mix for Russian Journalist

RuNet Echo  16 April 2013

Trains are a cheap and reliable way to get around Russia, particularly compared to the country's famously poor roads. Russia is a big country and journeys between cities can take hours (or even days). Given these difficulties, it is not uncommon for some passengers to have a drink or two to pass the time. Sometimes people—even journalists—can overdo it.

Malaysian Students Can Learn Math Online

  16 April 2013

Edunation is a volunteer driven non-profit educational initiative whose mission is to provide a complete educational online resource for every Malaysian primary and secondary school student. It has already created and uploaded learning videos on math, science, economics, language and other subjects in the Malaysian school curriculum.

Addressing Malaysia's Debt Load

  16 April 2013

Economist Nurhisham Hussein analyzes Malaysia's debt burden. With respect to public debt, he proposes to rationalize government subsidies in order to reduce deficit. The author warns against rising low income household debt which he notes are increasingly provided through the non-bank sector.

Residents Displaced by Brazilian Power Plant Struggle to Earn Living

  16 April 2013

While moving in to New Mutum Parana – a town built by the company Energia Sustentável to house Jirau’s engineers and officers – the river dwellers who were removed from their community in order to allow Madeira River’s power plant flooding found a “phantom city” where making a living seems impossibe.

Chinese React to Boston Marathon Explosions

  16 April 2013

US's quick reaction to the Boston Marathon explosions have Chinese netizens imagining how the Chinese government would react to such a situation in China. Offbeat China has translated some comments from Sina Weibo.