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12 March 2014

Stories from 12 March 2014

Saudi Arabia Controls Babies Names

You are not allowed to name your newborn daughter Eman, or Sandy, or Yara. And if it is a boy, names like Abdelnasser, Amir or Abdulmoeen are a no go....

Russia’s Best News Portal Decimated

In Russia’s jingoist climate today, it is now much easier for corporate owners and state authorities to meddle in the politics of the country’s news websites.

State Stops the Opening of Free Clitoral Repair Hospital for FGM Victims in Burkina Faso

The first hospital to offer free clitoral repair for victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) was open to the public  its doors in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso on March 7 but the...

Syria: I Am Aleppo, Aleppo Is Me

"Aleppo and I are alike: worn down, full of fire, confused," writes blogger/activist Marcell Shehwaro, in the first article in a series about life in Syria during the ongoing conflict.

For Abortion Rights in Bolivia, A Modest Gain

Bolivia's highest court rejected a constitutional challenge to a restrictive abortion law, while ruling that legal abortions no longer require a judge's consent.

Mexicans are Pushing for the ‘Redemocratization’ of Democracy

The Mexican population is not with Peña Nieto or the political class. Even the polls, which are generally most sympathetic to the president, accept that no one supports Peña Nieto....

Chinese President Xi Jinping Cartoons

Under a special section dedicated to China’s on-going National People’s Congress, iFeng.com, a pro-Beijing TV broadcaster based in Hong Kong, featured series of Chinese president Xi Jinping cartoons. The cartoons are...

Activists Mobilize for Passage of Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights

Internet rights activists are in Brasilia today to pressure the National Congress to approve the Brazilian bill of rights for Internet users, known as the Marco Civil. One of them is former Global Voices...

Video: China's Social Media Reacts to the Kunming Attacks

The attack at a railway station in China’s Southwestern Kunming city has led to heated discussions on Chinese social media. Many netizens think western media were trying to downplay the...

Academics and Experts to Discuss Digital Discrimination in Barcelona

The ICUD International Conference: Digital Discrimination and Social Networks takes place on March 13 and 14, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. It will be a discussion space for academics, researchers, Internet...

The Land of Fires, Italy's “Gateway to Hell”

For years the land between Naples and Caserta has been used for the illegal dumping of dangerous waste products that are poisoning the environment and causing tumours.

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