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August, 2013

Stories from August, 2013

29 August 2013

Peruvian Merchants Burn Clothing to Protest Chinese Imports

Teacher Protests Over Education Reform Paralyze Mexico City

Members and supporters of the CNTE have been protesting in Mexico City against education reforms already passed, seeking to repeal them.

A Historian's Pessimistic Farewell to Macedonia

Serbian National Parachuter Ejected from Team for Disgruntled Facebook Comments

Aleksandar Cvetković described on his Facebook how the Serbian parachuting team traveled to Russia to participate in the European championships only to find that Serbian officials hadn't paid for anything.

Ghana Awaits Judgement in Legal Battle for Presidency

Streets are deserted, shops are closed, markets are empty and some bar owners will not sell alcohol today as the nations anxiously wait for the presidential election petition judgement.

‘The Worst Tours’ Unveils Darker Side of Portugal's Top Travel Destination

An alternative tours agency takes visitors through "the other side" of the city of Porto to show them what life is really like under austerity .

Hong Kong's Civil Disobedience Campaign Seeks Inspiration from Martin Luther King

Democrats in Hong Kong are planning to occupy the city center and struggle for universal suffrage. Martin Luther King's civil disobedience campaign serves as their inspiration.

China's Decision on Cultural Reform

28 August 2013

Campaigning for a Smoke-Free Southeast Asia

Review of several anti-smoking campaigns in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Plus an advisory from Philippine health authorities against the dangers of promoting e-cigarettes

Not a Single Liberian Student Passed This Year's University Admission Test

"No one in that country is even smart enough to cheat?" one shocked Twitter user asked.

Russia's Unpopular but “Necessary” Illegal Immigrant Camps

RuNet Echo

At the end of July, Moscow's Governor proposed a new detention center for illegal immigrants on a former military base near the Yegoryevsky district. Not everyone is thrilled.

Choosing ‘Exile’ Over Break-up, US Citizens Follow ‘Banned’ Spouses Abroad

Families tell their stories online through social media, where they also raise awareness about their cases and pressure US legislators to include their families in the much anticipated immigration reform.

Strike in Colombia Gains Momentum

Missing ‘Bar Heaven’ Patrons in Mexico Found Dead

The bodies of the missing youth from #BarHeaven have been uncovered in a secret grave in Mexico State.

Hong Kong: People Living in Cages

27 August 2013

Trinidad & Tobago: No Action on Dog Control Act

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?

RuNet EchoAdvox

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