Category Articles in English

Parental controls cool down the Arab Spring

How American firms sell surveillance technology to repressive governments around the world. Two years after the Arab Spring revolutions stunned the world — in part thanks to the impact of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube — governments of all kinds have tightened their control of the Internet. Who is selling the technology […]

Pro-independence rally on Via Laietana (Barcelona) on September 11, 2012. By Lohen11 on Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Catalonia: Independence from Spain to Do What?

On November 25, 2012 Catalans headed to the polls for a snap regional election. The polls were staged just two months after a massive pro-independence rally took place in Barcelona. Voter turnout peaked at almost 70%, the highest in 30 years, and the four political parties committed to holding a referendum on self-determination (CiU-ERC-ICV-CUP) got […]

What’s on China social media?

This year, high school entrance exams in China have given birth to two interesting stories. A 15-year-old student from a migrant family in Shanghai is protesting to take the exam as any local student. Also, an essay written by a boy dealing with love affairs and the boy to girl ratio, went viral. As the […]

What’s on China social media?

What are China netizens up to? The two stories of the week, the nice but fake detention of ten ‘jiefang’ agents in Beijing and the Nobel prize Mo Yan’s words on censorship, seen through China social media… in English! Hope you enjoy them! [View the story “What’s on China social media?” on Storify]

What’s on China social media?

What are China netizens up to? Media policies, “healthy” lunch scandal, Most Horrid People 2012… Here you have my latest selection of current discussions, memes and controversies going on… in English! Hope you enjoy them! [View the story “What’s on China social media?” on Storify]

China social media

What’s up on China’s social media?

What are China netizens up to? Rumours on political reforms, hilarious fails, memes and a netizen detained for posting a joke on Twitter. Here you have my latest selection of current discussions, memes and controversies going on… in English! Hope you enjoy them! [View the story “What’s up on China’s social media?” on Storify] Image […]

Did News Story on Riches of China’s Premier Weaken Reformists?

The hot pot of Chinese politics is still boiling madly after the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party and the leadership transition that took place in Beijing on November 14, 2012. Many see the composition of the new Politburo Standing Committee as a defeat for outgoing President Hu Jintao, who failed to see his […]