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April, 2014

Stories from April, 2014

Spare the Rod, 10 Tips From a Peaceful Parent

After people applauded the discipline in a viral video of a mother hitting her child in Trinidad, our Caribbean editor felt compelled to share her thoughts on peaceful parenting.

A ‘Stressful’ Taxicab System in Cameroon

Ghanaian blogger Kuukuwa writes about her experience with the taxicab system in Cameroon: There are no taxi stations, so taxi drivers move around town all day looking for passengers. And,...

Activists Battle Religion, Tradition in Gambia's Female Genital Mutilation Fight

Aja Babung Sidibeh followed cultural tradition and became a female genital mutilation (FGM) practitioner after the death of her parents years ago in her native Janjangbureh in the Central River Region...

South Koreans Accuse Government of Botching Ferry Response

It's been 14 days since the Sewol ferry capsized, and 205 people are confirmed dead. Politicians taking advantage of the calamity and media inaccuracy have fueled anger in South Korea.

MH370: Australian Prime Minister Talks Up Hunt for Missing Airliner

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks up the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370.

Protesting in Venezuela Will Require Authorization

(All links are in Spanish otherwise noted as [en] for English) As the protests [en] in Venezuela draw upon 100 continuous days of demonstrations, the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal of Justice's recent verdict rules that the...

From Igor Sechin to Dick Cheney: the End of Russia's Zuckerberg

In February, Vkontakte's CEO joked in public that nothing would reverse Facebook’s “slow death.” What’s died instead, it seems, is Durov’s opposition to the world’s largest social network.

Bangladeshis Are Not Happy With India's Bharatya Janata Party

Subramanian Swamy said Bangladesh should compensate India for its undocumented migrants there by giving the country one-third of its land. A Bangladeshi hacker group hacked 300 government websites in retaliation.

Good Enough to Work: Low Pay and No Rights

Undocumented labor contributes to the U.S. economy and this contribution would not be possible without a workforce among whom millions have already risked incarceration, deportation, physical abuse, and death.

Catching Up with the Togolese E-Waste 3D Printer Makers

In 2013, we were introduced to the E-Waste 3D Printer project by Woelab engineers in Togo. My Africa Is gives the genesis of the WoeLab project and what the makers hope...

Collaborative Economy Visionaries Gather at OuiShare Fest 2014 in Paris

The OuiShare Fest 2014 will gather thousands of activists for a conference on collaborative economy from May 5 -7 in Paris, France. The objective of the festival is to exchange...

The Challenge Of Keeping The Indian Electoral List Updated

The world's largest elections are underway in India and blogger Anuradha Shankar at “A Wandering Mind” blog points to the practical challenges of keeping the huge electoral list of the...

Colombia: Gustavo Petro Returns as Mayor of Bogotá

The Superior Court of Bogotá issued a judgment which reinstates Gustavo Petro in his post as mayor of Bogotá. The reactions for and against were immediate.

Pakistani Spies, Mir and the Missing People of Balochistan

After Pakistan's top TV newsman was shot, a vicious media war between single-minded nationalists and his TV station ensued leaving the story he was working on in the dark.

So You Need to Get Around Madagascar?

Public transportation can be a challenge in Madagascar. The country's road infrastructure is antiquated and underdeveloped and overcrowded buses and minivans are often the only option.

8 Shocking Quotes from Malaysian Politicians

Balik Cina is a new website which compiles some of the hilarious and notorious quotes made by Malaysian politicians.

China's Revised Environmental Law Toughens Penalties Against Polluters

The new law lends more power to environmental agencies to use punitive powers to rein in powerful polluters and does away with caps on pollution fines.

Mental Health Not a Priority in Cambodia

Writing for Southeast Asia Globe, Denise Hruby reported how the mentally ill in many rural areas of Cambodia are being treated: …the mentally ill are still treated by traditional healers,...

Former Malaysian PM Blames Boeing for MH370 Disaster

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad wanted Boeing to take responsibility for the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370. He wrote in his blog: Boeing built this aircraft. Boeing...

Sexy Monday: Between Sexual Expression and Censorship

(All links are in Spanish) David Troya writes for Gkillcity about the Ecuadorian Superintendence of Communication's sanction on the newspaper Extra for its cover picture of model Claudia Hurtado and...

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