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October, 2013

Stories from October, 2013

South Korea Wants to Regulate Online Gaming Like Drugs and Alcohol

Earlier this month, South Korean lawmakers proposed a bill that regulates online gaming in a similar fashion to drugs and alcohol because of its addictive elements.

Argentina's Legislative Elections

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her allies lost by large margins in the biggest and most important elections in the country yesterday. Her legislative lists were crushed in Buenos...

South Korean Tear Gas Being Used in Bahrain?

Bahrain interior ministry allegedly ordered 1.6 million teargas canisters to use against protesters, and South Korean company DaeKwang is believed to be one of the major suppliers. R. Elgin wrote...

From Fiji to Italy, Global Eco-Tourism Communities Blossom

TribeWanted has developed a model for self-sustainable eco-retreats that are co-funded by members and operated together with locals at a growing number of worldwide locations.

Spain's Association of Victims of Terrorism Publicly Chastizes Amnesty International

The vast majority of Internet users defended the work of Amnesty International, the international human rights organization.

15-Year-Old Roma Girl's Deportation Shakes Up France's Immigration Debate

In the Leonarda deportation scandal, everything is controversial: the way in which the police acted, the media management of the scandal and the peculiarity of the family.

Egypt: Lawsuits Greet Bassem Youssef's Long-Awaited Al Bernameg

How ready is Egypt for Bassem Youssef's latest round of satire? Netizens react to the first episode of El Bernameg (The Programme), which was greeted with lawsuits.

International Organizations Call for a Swift Adoption of Marco Civil in Brazil

‘Internet Needs an Uncompromising “Marco Civil” in Brazil!‘, state international organizations that advocate for free speech and freedoms online in an open letter released on October 28, 2013 (on the eve of...

PHOTOS: Muralists ‘Paint Resistance’ in Toribío, Colombia

From October 19 to 26, a 'minga' - collective work done in favor of a community - united over 60 artists from Colombia and other parts of Latin America.

An Overview of Volgograd Bombing Anglophone Blogging

Misinformation disseminated online about the Volgograd bus bombing (which left at least six people dead on October 21) has raised the suspicions of Russia bloggers both Russophone and Anglophone.

Construction of 1 Billion Euro Resort Begins in Montenegro

Luštica Bay, near Tivat on the Montenegrin coast, is being developed by Swiss Orascom Development into a large-scale resort bay and marina. The resort is a colossal undertaking in the...

Serbia: Jovanka Broz, Widow of Tito, Dies Isolated and Forgotten

Jovanka Broz, widow of Tito, died in Belgrade on October 20, aged 88. In the decades since her husband's death, she led a reclusive life in Belgrade, forgotten and isolated.

Opposition MPs Suspect Foul Play as Croatia Airlines Prepares for Privatization

Some members of the Croatian parliament, all of different opposition parties, have voiced their concern in past days regarding safety issues that Croatia Airlines has had in recent weeks and,...

On the Kingdoms of Spain

Overnight, Catalan politics changed. Hundreds of towns in the Catalan countryside preemptively declared independence. Catalonia's Parliament passed a declaration of sovereignty. But nothing changed in Spain.

Everyone Suffers in Manila Traffic

Filipino journalist Iris Cecilia Gonzales writes about how people suffer from Manila's notorious street traffic: When one is stuck in traffic in Manila's streets, there's no escape. Everyone suffers —...

Is Cambodia a One-Party State?

Anirudh Bhati rejects the position by some analysts that Cambodia has become a one-party state after the main opposition party boycotted the inaugural session of the National Assembly: …it would...

Legendary Indian Playback Singer Manna Dey Dies

Dey recorded more than 4,000 songs between 1942 and 2013, and was famous for his playback work recording songs for hundreds of movies for actors to lip sync to.

Council of Europe Condemns Deterioration of Human Rights in Spain

The Council of Europe denounces the serious situation of human rights in Spain, largely as a result of social spending cuts, and disproportionate police violence.

Mapping Recent Reports Of Dengue Fever In India

Vidyut at Aam Janata blog has created a map of the Dengue outbreak in India from various reports published in print media in the last couple of months.

Massive Saudi Police Presence on the Day for Women Driving

Traffic police stopped Saudi women from defying a ban on driving. This action spells out the Kingdom's official position on driving, long blamed on a traditional society.

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