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4 January 2013

Stories from 4 January 2013

“Why Do I Feel So Much Pain, Violeta Parra?”

Iran: Police Looks For ‘Smart Control’ over Social Networking Sites

Nepali Citizen Arrested in the UK for Alleged War Crimes

The UK Police has used Universal jurisdiction law to arrest a Nepali army colonel residing in the in East Sussex town of the UK. He has been accused of torturing...

Chinese Journalists Demand Resignation of Provincial Propaganda Chief

In reaction to the brutal censorship of a new year editorial greeting by the newspaper Southern Weekly, a group of journalists issued an open letter demanding that the chief of...

Vladimir Pozner & Russia's Own Political Correctness

RuNet Echo

Late last month, Vladimir Pozner—one of Russia's best known journalists—spoke out on his television show against the “Dima Yakovlev” law. He criticized the need for such legislation, condemning it as...

Uganda in 2012: 50 Years of Independence and Africa's Youngest MP

2012 was one of the happiest years in Uganda's history. Sweet memories of 2012 range from Ugandans electing Africa's youngest Member of Parliament to 50 year independence celebrations.

Website of a Liberal Political Journal Shut Down in China

Ivorian Bloggers Under Arrest for Allegedly Interfering with Disaster Recovery While Trying to Help

Row over 3rd Generation Contraceptive Pills in France

“Some Hope for a Solution in Syria” – Michel Kilo

Michel Kilo is one of Syria’s famous dissidents, a political opponent of President Bashar al Assad. He rose to prominence inthe Damascus Spring, a brief flourishing of political freedom and...

An Alawite Outcast: How One Syrian Girl Lost Her Mother

Loubna Mrie paid a steep price for her place in Syria’s revolution. As an Alawite who took a stand against President Bashar Al Assad, she pitted herself against her community;...

A New Year of Syria’s Turmoil

As the world celebrated the dawn of 2013, in Syria, the regime and the rebels were fighting for the suburbs of Damascus. On Twitter, netizens spell out their anxiousness and...

Chinese Leaders’ Apparent Thriftiness Fails to Resonate

The 'Four Dishes, One Soup' anti-corruption catchphrase originally coined by China’s first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, has re-emerged centuries later. State media recently used the term to describe a...

Secret Money, Hacks, and Politics of Russian Web

RuNet Echo

While suspicions about money and sponsorship plague all Russian politics, the RuNet is a particularly contentious battleground. The rift between the oppositionist and pro-government camps is a hotbed of accusations...

Myanmar: 2012, the Year of Protests

Aung San Suu Kyi’s election victory, the reported persecution of the Rohingya people and President Barack Obama’s state visit were probably what the international community remembered about Myanmar in 2012....

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