Stories from 5 June 2013
Singapore Memory Project
Initiated in 2011, the Singapore Memory Project aims “to collect, preserve and provide access” to Singapore's history. Further, “it aims to build a national collection of content including print, audio and video to preserve them in digital form, and make them available for discovery and research.” The project hopes to...
First LGBTI Parade in Lesotho
Leila Hall blogs about the first-ever gay parade in Lesotho: The event has been organised by MATRIX Support Group – a Lesotho-based NGO working to advocate for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals in the country. The organisation, which only received legal recognition in 2010,...
The Kindest Peruvian Has Been Found
Marisol Rodríguez Gamero, a 23-year old Law School student, won the contest "The kindest Peruvian" organized by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of that country, to encourage Peruvians to relate to positive values and attitudes, highlighting their kindness towards tourists.
Japan Qualifies for World Cup, Cop's Crowd Control Performance Goes Viral
As Japan's football fans celebrate qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a police officer came under spotlight for his persuasive microphone performance in marshaling a large crowd of supporters gathered in Shibuya on the night of June 4th, 2013.
Police Brutality in Macedonia: Two Years On
On Thursday, June 6, in the center of Skopje, the Movement Against Police Brutality will mark two years since the murder of Martin Neshkovski, which sparked massive grassroots protests in Macedonia in the summer of 2011. The Facebook event [mk] about the memorial service states: On Thursday, June 6, at...
The Moscow Mayoral Election Will Test Russia's Internet Culture
With Sergey Sobyanin's surprising announcement that he is calling for snap mayoral elections in Moscow this September, the city's urban Internet-connected class will be put to the test of real world political mobilization.
Government Invites Citizens to Co-Sponsor Bills
Citizens can now “co-sponsor” and track progress on legislation via their Facebook profiles thanks to a new initiative of the U.S. Office of the House Majority Leader.
For Tiananmen Anniversary, Tens of Thousands Gather in Rainy Hong Kong
Tens of thousands of people braved torrential rain in Hong Kong's Victoria Park to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre with a candlelight vigil.
Iran: Jokes about Presidential Debate
Several netizens tweeted about the second presidential debate and made laugh of candidates. Potkin Azarmehr tweeted “Pres Candidates may be asked to play musical chairs next.”
Latin American Investigative Journalism Award
Transparency International (TI) and the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (Press and Society Institute, IPYS), with the kind support of the Open Society Foundations, are organising a new edition of the Latin American Investigative Journalism Award. The prize will award US$30,000 to the highest quality journalism published in the press, on...
Bermuda: Pension Tension
It’s our retirements! Vexed Bermoothes is amazed that people aren’t making more of a fuss about the state of pensions in Bermuda.