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Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 13-14, 2011

Global Voices: Daily Digest—August 13-14, 2011

Philippines: Uproar over Sorry State of Manila Zoo
The sorry state of Manila Zoo caused a stir among Filipino netizens after photos were posted online resulting in the rise of the keywords "Manila Zoo" as a popular trending topic on Twitter last month. A petition was initiated to stop the plan to get more animals for the zoo. read>>


Arab World: The Twitter Vs Facebook Debate Continues
A discussion is raging on Twitter tonight, comparing the micro-blogging site where users can post messages in 140 characters to social networking site Facebook. Here are some of the observations from Twitter users in the Middle East. read>>


India: Was Delhi's SlutWalk More of a Media Hype?
On Sunday 31 July, 2011, Delhi held it's own version of the SlutWalk - titled 'Besharmi Morcha' to make it more relevant to the Indian context. Netizens discussed the event, its reach, impact and its coverage in the mainstream media. read>>


Nigeria: Adrift, Awaiting the Arrival of a Woman?
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Nigeria's new Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy. Until recently, NOI was the Managing Director of the World Bank. As soon as the press went wild with her appointment, netizens have not ceased speaking about the most powerful woman in President Goodluck Jonathan's cabinet. read>>


China: Large NIMBY protest erupts in Dalian
A Sunday morning sit-in protest in downtown Dalian, Liaoning province, against a chemical factory located in the city turned into a large-scale procession through the streets. Police were out in full force, but so too were the microbloggers. read>>


More posts on Global Voices today...
Comedic Fun with Japanese Hashtag Memes
Pakistan: Netizens Protest Moral Policing On Art Curator
Colombia: The FTA With the United States From the Blogosphere
China Model in Two Different Cities


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