Stories from 17 September 2013
Russian Warships in Nicaragua Rekindle Territorial Disputes
A resolution by the International Court of Justice set the stage for conflict between Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia and Panama, reviving disputes and jeopardizing a project to build a canal.
South Korean Major Newspaper Criticized for Violating Child's Privacy
An international child advocacy organization, Save the Children's Korean office released a statement [ko] condemning a South Korean major newspaper for violating a child's privacy. Donga, one of the three biggest conservative newspapers in the country, recently published a column [ko] mocking an 11-year-old illegitimate son of the chief prosecutor who...
Iran:Facebook and Twitter Blocked Again
Internet users in Iran lost access Tuesday to Facebook and Twitter. Several bloggers and news sites reported Facebook and Twitter became widely accessible to Iranian users on Monday, Sept 16, for the first time since 2009.Iranian officials dismissed the episode as a technical glitch.
Why Are Saudi Boys Painting their Nails?
Saudi boys are painting their nails and showing off their hairy legs as part of a Twitter hashtag which translates to Take a Picture of Yourself Like a Girl Does.
Victor Jara: Music In Search of Justice 40 Years After His Murder
The musical legacy of Victor Jara transcends national borders, just as the call to justice requires the extradition of one of the soldiers who murdered him 40 years ago.
Mixing Politics at Live Concert in Cuba Gets Musician Banned
What did pianist Robertico Carcassés say at the concert for "Los Cinco" in Havana? And what happened afterwards? Elaine Díaz tells us.
Tropical Storm ‘Manuel’ Leaves Acapulco Under Water
34 deaths and thousands of victims have been reported; additionally, 40,000 tourists are trapped.
Do These Videos Show Iranians Fighting in Syria's War?
Online videos show Persian speakers apparently working with Syrian regime troops.
Egypt – “A Dangerous Place for Journalists”
Egyptian blogger and journalist Abdulmonem Mahmood has left Egypt, saying he fears for his life.
The Fight to Ban Child Marriage in Yemen
Child Marriage is a widespread practice in Yemen, especially in the rural areas. The story of the death of an eight-year-old child bride puts this serious issue under the spotlight.
Colombia's Agrarian Strike Enters Fourth Week
After three tense weeks, Colombia´s rural national strike continues with no white smoke on the horizon. To contain the spreading crisis, the government of Juan Manuel Santos, under pressure from peasant strikers who have blocked several crucial highways, has followed a three-pronged strategy that has thus far proved ineffective. Nazih...
Film Screening of East Timor's First Feature in Dili
The Díli premiere of East Timor’s first locally produced feature film, A Guerra da Beatriz (Beatriz’s War), takes place today, September 17, 2013. The love story spans the years of Indonesian occupation and beyond (1975 – 2009): [confronting] the issues at the heart of modern East Timor: forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice. The producers, FairTrade...
Brazilian Artists Unite to Save Lions in Kenya
Brazilian artists contribute their artwork to a crowdfunding campaign supporting the Ewaso Lions Project, dedicated to saving lions in Kenya.
PHOTOS: Violent Dispersal of Election Protest in Cambodia
Human rights groups have condemned the excessive use of violence by the police in dispersing an election protest in Cambodia. The police reportedly used tear gas and live ammunition
Iran: Facebook, Twitter become Accessible
Several bloggers and news sites reported Facebook and Twitter became widely accessible to Iranian users on Monday, Sept 16, for the first time since 2009. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and several other Iranian officials use Facebook and Twitter.
How To Handle A Chinese Government Raid
Dan Harris from China Law Blog gave some advices on how to handle a Chinese government raid. The blogger stressed the importance of not volunteering information to the government.