Stories from 8 May 2013
Police Raid Navalny's HQ in Kirov
At this very moment, Kirov police are searching [ru] Alexey Navalny's local headquarters, established to coordinate the blogger's public outreach in the city where he currently stands trial for embezzling roughly half a million dollars. The case has attracted international attention as the latest in a long series of politicized Russian judicial...
Politically Divided Pakistan Rallies Around Injured Imran Khan
Popular cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, whose hopeful campaign promise of a "New Pakistan" has drawn large crowds of young people and urban voters to his rallies, fractured three vertebrae and a rib after falling off a 15-feet high forklift just before a scheduled speech. The incident has appeared to united the bitterly divided country ahead of elections this week.
Let's Talk About Blogs
1. What do you have in mind when creating a new post? Your personal style? Other blogs? Your experience? Your readers? 2. How do you save your content or remember ideas? Notebooks? Favorites? Pinterest? 3. When publishing a post, do you check the grammar or just publish? …
Obama, Minister of Chinese Petitions?
The White House petition for the Zhu Ling case has received 137,676 signatures by May 8, 2013. Some web users have made light of the fact that Chinese have turned to an American petition site seeking justice. The following image shared on Sina Weibo is Obama in the Oval Office, which has...
Lebanese Police Arrest Four During Gay Club Raid
‘Ghost', a gay-friendly club in Dekwaneh, Matn, Lebanon, was raided by 12 policemen under the order of Antoine Chakhtoura, the municipality's head. Customers were reportedly bullied out of the club and four individuals were arrested in the incident. Online, netizens expressed their outrage.
Catalonia's Sovereignty Declaration Suspended
The Spanish Constitutional Court just suspended Catalonia's Declaration of Sovereignty, which the regional parliament of Catalonia approved by majority on 23 January, 2013. Amid rising tensions between Spain and Catalonia, the decision has generated strong reactions on offline and online media. Thanks to a diverse team of collaborators, the online...
After Fatality, May 6 Displays Troubles & Resilience of Russian Protest Movement
The Russian opposition, it seems, can't catch a break. Sometimes, this is because the Kremlin's political technologists outmaneuver them. Other times, it is thanks to internal bickering. On May 6, however, the culprit was plain bad luck. For one man, that bad luck was fatal.
Chinese Communist Party's Benevolence?
The term Party's benevolence is frequently used in political propaganda in China. Mary Ann O'Donnell looks into how's the term being used in ordinary people's daily life.
A Push for Political Ethics in Trinidad & Tobago
However you want to define it – principles, a moral code, character – ethics boils down to doing the right thing. With Trinidad and Tobago falling to the number 80 ranking in Transparency International‘s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, a few local bloggers have been discussing the issue of integrity.
Trinidad & Tobago: Smoking Ad Loophole
I don’t think this cigarette newspaper ad was necessary and it was in very poor taste. aka_lol takes issue with a cigarette advertisement, which apparently found loopholes around the prohibitions applied to such advertising under the Tobacco Control Act.