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27 August 2013

Stories from 27 August 2013

Trinidad & Tobago: No Action on Dog Control Act

Trinidadian diaspora blogger Jumbie's Watch, upset over the news that another person has been mauled to death by a pit bull, wonders why the President hasn't yet proclaimed The Dog...

Conference on Water Ends with ‘Empty Statements’ in Tajikistan

Tajikistan recently hosted an international conference on water. The event has failed to impress the country's social media users who believe that large summits are less effective than tangible efforts...

‘Million People March’ Against Corruption in the Philippines

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos gathered in Manila and several cities in the Philippines to denounce rampant corruption in the government.

Russia's Political Firebrand: What Makes Navalny Tick?

Russia's best-known political blogger earned his fame fighting corruption in the private sector, but may now face five years' jail time on (possibly trumped-up) embezzlement charges. In the meantime, he's...

Peruvian Runners Win Mexico City Marathon

Peruvian athletes Raúl Pacheco and Gladys Tejeda won their respective categories in the Mexico City Marathon [es]. Pacheco won the male category, crossing the finish line with a time of...

Kyrgyzstan to Become a ‘Beam of Light’ in the ‘Dark’ Region?

Blogger Bektour Iskender suggests [ru] that “free” Kyrgyzstan should allow citizens of the less free nations in Central Asia, particularly Turkmenistan, to stay in the country visa-free: OK, we have [visa-free...

It Started With a Kiss: Footballer Causes Homophobia Debate in Brazil

A photo showing a footballer kissing a male friend has caused much controversy and debate on social media as machismo and acceptance go face to face.

Kazakhstan: Script Reform Is ‘Hardly Possible at All’

As Kazakhstan prepares for a highly controversial shift from Cyrillic script to Latin alphabet, its netizens are keen to note that a similar reform implemented years ago by Uzbekistan has...

China Detains Prominent Online Critic on Prostitution Solicitation Charge

Web users are speculating that the charge against Charles Xue is part of a scheme by authorities to control influential liberals online.

Online Reporting of Bribery in Thailand

Bribespot Thailand encourages Thais to report cases of bribery and corruption in the country. Through an interactive map, the website also identifies bribery hotspots in Thailand.

A Brick in the Wall of Tertiary Education in Barbados?

The government plans to cut subsidies for students at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Some call it "political treason" while others say the move has public support.

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