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A respite

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012
In a country with no daily newspapers and soft-hitting state media outlets, the Internet is where Tajikistanis go for news. That apparently got officials worried. In recent months, some 50 websites, including independent news portals and even youtube, were blocked. Though most sites were reopened on October 10, analysts say they can go offline anytime.

No snooping for personal data

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2012

Water watch since 3000 BC

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2012
WATER, one of our most critical resources, is under threat. The importance of water to life means that providing for water needs and demands will never be free of politics. The website under review is an effort initiated by American non-profit Pacific Institute to understand the connections between water resources, water systems and international security and conflicts.

Convention on biological diversity

cbd Page Teaser:  The forthcoming CBD conference in Hyderabad will discuss innovative ways of financing biodiversity from partnerships with business to payments for ecosystem services. Will this save the planet?

Safeguarding ancient wisdom

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012

Virtual coast guard

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012

War against Vedanta

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
PEOPLE’S movement and international solidarity is a powerful combination. Metals and mining giant Vedanta Resources felt the heat on the day of its annual general meeting on August 28. Grassroots campaign group Foil Vedanta declared the day as the global day of action against it. Activists from different organisations joined the campaign and crowded the entrance to the meeting hall.

What lurks beneath the Network

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
A series of buzzwords has become a naturalised part of discussions around digital social media—participation, collaboration, peer-2-peer and mobilisation. Especially in the post-Arab Spring world (and our own home-grown Anna Hazare spectacles), there is this increasing belief in the innate possibilities of social media as providing ways by which the world, as we know it, shall change for the better.

Looming threat of a secretive trade pact

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2012
When American policymakers complain repeatedly to their government that they are being kept out of the loop on a major trade agreement that’s under negotiation then you know something serious is afoot.
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