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17 August 2012

Stories from 17 August 2012

India: Pictures of Varalakshmi Vratham Festival

Trinidad & Tobago: 50, but not really Independent

Guyana: Linden Protests Intensify

The protests in Linden, Guyana have intensified with the recent burning of buildings. Netizen commentary suggests that what began last month as a peaceful demonstration about increased electricity rates has...

Colombia: Online Campaign Seeks to Reform Health System

Russia: Pussy Riot's Guilty Verdict

RuNet Echo

'The judge said one of the reasons for a “real sentence” was to “caution others”. ' - Russian and anglophone Twitter users respond to the guilty verdict and two-year prison...

Ecuador Reacts to Assange Asylum

"they talk so much about freedom of expression when in our own country IT DOESN'T EXIST!" - An Ecuadorian netizen criticizes the government's decision to grant asylum to the founder...

Thailand: Olympic Boxing Defeat Disappoints Fans

Thailand won two silvers and a bronze in the recently concluded London Olympic Games but the controversial defeat of a Thai boxer disappointed many fans who believe that the gold...

Malaysia: Government Vows to Review Web Censorship Law After Protest

Responding to the blackout protest organized by netizens, the Malaysian government has vowed to review a controversial amendment in the law which critics say would restrict internet freedom in the...

Paraguay: Struggles and Threats Over Aché Indigenous Lands

Rising Voices

August was supposed to be a month of prolonged celebration after the Paraguayan government transferred some 4600 hectares of ancestral lands back to the Aché indigenous community of Kuetuvy. However,...

Brazil: Belo Monte, the Film

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