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22 February 2017

Colombia's Guerilla Fighters Like You've Never Seen Them

An award-winning photo by Luís Acosta shows the human side of Colombia's guerrilla fighters.

21 February 2017

Russia's Censor Suddenly Wants to Know More About Channels on Telegram

RuNet Echo

With help from a Putin-launched political movement, Russia's federal censor met on Tuesday behind closed doors with the authors of several popular Telegram channels. And nobody knows why.

Trump a Convenient Whipping Boy for Trinidad & Tobago Footballer Dwight Yorke's Visa Issue

A high-profile footballer, a controversial travel ban and an Iranian stamp in a passport all converge to blow a simple visa issue out of proportion.

A Veteran of the Malvinas War Shares His Healing Journey to the Past

War veteran Miguel Savage says there are three ways to cope terrible suffering: “block everything out, play the victim, or embrace the pain and turn it into something positive.”

The Strange Death of Russia's Closest Alliance

RuNet Echo

Almost three years ago, President Alexander Lukashenko suddenly realized that his country's weak sense of national identity was a serious problem. It's been odd times for Belarus ever since.

Hong Kong Police and Pro-Beijing Groups Protest After Court Convicts Officers of Assaulting Activist

"Police misconduct is not frightening as these are single cases. What's frightening is police wrongdoing can be justified by politics."

Unsurprisingly, Saudi Arabia's Politicians and Media Love Trump's Tough Talk on Iran

Some, however, warned that escalating tensions could end badly: "We live in the same region with Iran, any war on Iran means we all going to be devastated".

20 February 2017

Twitter Walks a Fine Line in Russia

RuNet Echo

Why does Twitter comply with Kremlin requests to censor Tweets inside Russia? It's complicated.

Free Expression Under Fire as Venezuela Takes CNN Spanish Off the Air

Global Voices Advocacy

CNN broadcasts will now be freely available in Venezuela on YouTube — but what does it matter in the country with one of the slowest Internet connections in the region?

Local Language / Global Network: Designing Mobile Technology for Indigenous and Minority Language Users

Rising Voices

Lessons from how Irish speakers are interacting with mobile technologies may provide insights for speakers of other minority and indigenous languages.

A Dozen or More Things Tropical Cyclone Dineo Should Have Taken Away From South Africa

"#ThingsDineoShouldTakeWithHer...Corrupt politicians, sure we'll lose 10% of our population but it'll be worth it."

19 February 2017

Fleeing the Shells of War, Kachin Civilians Struggle Against Freezing Cold in North Myanmar

Almost 2,000 fled their villages after recent skirmishes between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar army

Aussie Media Cop Criticism for Coverage of Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist's Meltdown

"Please consider the impact of sustained coverage on the #mentalhealth of a celebrity – important to be respectful." #GrantHackett

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

Thousands Joined ‘Walk for Life’ to Protest Extrajudicial Killings and Revival of Death Penalty in the Philippines

"If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We should match it with non-violence."

China Argues Over Which Country is Behind Kim Jong-nam Assassination

Old school pundits are still trying to drum up support for Beijing's troublesome ally, but social media users aren't buying it.

18 February 2017

Islamist Groups Demand Removal of Sculpture in Front of Supreme Court in Bangladesh

Authorities have less than a week to respond to a request that top officials and social media users alike are arguing is unreasonable.

Controversial ‘Crashing Airplane’ Advertisement Stirs Serbian Presidential Elections Debate

"No one in political history has released a [campaign ad] showing he's ready to take citizens to their deaths if they don't do his bidding."

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Global Voices Advocacy

State-sponsored Iranian hackers targetting civil human rights users have a new virus targeting Apple computers.

Uproar After a Syrian Judge Says Taking a Second Wife Could Fix ‘Spinsterhood’

"[The decreasing number of men] exacerbates the problem and negatively affects young women and families, given the social norms that stigmatize unmarried women, divorcees, or even widows."

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