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23 July 2013

Stories from 23 July 2013

Saudi Arabia Jails Seven Facebook Users for Calling for Protests

Political dissent is not tolerated in Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy. Seven men are now behind bars, accused of disturbing public order and calling for protests on Facebook.

Is the New Lebanese Family Violence Law Enough?

A new family law to protect women from violence was approved yesterday and amended to include all family members. Netizens argue it is not enough.

Two Spanish Aid Workers Freed After 21 Months in Captivity

Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut were building a hospital in Dadaab, Kenya, within the largest refugee camp in the world, when they were abducted.

Radio Vieques to Heal Puerto Rican Island Following Years of Bombing Exercises

The island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, suffered over 60 years of use as a United States Navy military base and an area for bombing exercises.

App Tracks Argentina's Congress Voting Records

Protests for Election in Madagascar Lead to Violence, Arrest

Indian MP Crowdsources Questions for Parliament

China Sets Up Fund to Research ‘Chinese Dream’ Campaign

The "China dream", China's propagandistic twist on the American dream which props up the Communist Party as the only way to prosper, has received academic funding for research.

Vincent Wijeysingha: Singapore’s First Gay Politician

On his Facebook he wrote: I am going to Pink Dot tomorrow. And yes, I am gay.

State of Islam in Southeast Asia

Japanese Railway to Sell Customers’ E-Ticket Data

Japan's largest railway company has decided to sell non-identifying data on its commuters to third-party companies. Though technically legal, some see the move as an invasion of privacy.

Watermelon Vendor's Death Triggers Backlash Against China's Urban Management Officers

The Linwu urban management authorities intended to cover up the death of a watermelon vendor, Deng Zhengjia, with huge compensation. Chinese netizens wanted the truth.

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