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24 January 2017

Azerbaijan's Last Rail Stop Before Nagorno Karabakh is a Quiet Place, when it Isn't Getting Hit by Shells

Welcome to Kocharli: the end of the line.

The Tyrants Bring the Invaders: What Follows After Russia Helps Secure Assad's Victory

The Bridge

Russian’s bombing campaign in Syria has helped put an end to Aleppo’s civil democratic experiment, once a beacon of hope. What next?

From Facebook Live Questions to a Police Investigation, the Curious Case of a Trinidad & Tobago Presidential Housing Allowance

The police have begun investigations into the legality of the president's housing allowance, but in a country where faith in the police service is low, netizens are hoping for transparency.

The First Non-US Animated Short to Win an Oscar Was Made by a Director From Croatia

With Academy Award nominations around the corner, learn about the director from Croatia who won the Oscar in 1961 for Best Animated Short Film.

23 January 2017

Russia Says No to Political Crowdfunding by Individuals

RuNet Echo

Russia's version of PayPal is shutting down the transfer of money to individuals collecting funds for political purposes—a decision that will undermine one presidential bid to challenge Putin in 2018.

Hardliners Pressuring Iran's President Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

Global Voices Advocacy

“This (the internet) isn’t freedom. It’s the worst kind of bondage. Polluted anti-religious networks are functioning in this country because the organizations in charge are not doing their jobs.”

China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs

Global Voices Advocacy

The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.

Filipino Farmers and Activists March for Justice and ‘La La Land Reform’

'Stop killing peasants who feed the nation,' reads one banner during the January 20 march organized by peasant groups and activists in the Philippines.

“The Human Rights Situation in Burundi Is Deteriorating: We Need a New Approach to Show the World What is Happening”

"Strained relations in Burundi are causing price hikes and making life very difficult for the population. We need an urgent resolution to the Burundi crisis".

Snapshots of Migrants Working at a Riverside Brickworks in Myanmar

In some cases, children as young as five years of age share in their family’s labor when they really should be playing or studying at school.

American Traveler Unearths Decades-Old Photos of Hiroshima and Japan From the 1970s

Japan in the 1970s. Central Hiroshima was still a slum, but the country was undergoing an economic miracle. American Larry Rosensweig was there to witness it. And he took pics.

22 January 2017

The Long Road of Burundi’s Diplomatic Isolation

Over the past several months, Burundi’s ongoing political-security crisis has exacerbated diplomatic tensions and local economic decline.

Conspiracy Theories in Brazil Spread After Plane Crash Kills Supreme Court Justice Working Explosive Case

Despite a lack of evidence suggesting any foul play, many Brazilians — particularly people on the political fringes — have promoted elaborate and largely unsubstantiated theories about Zavacksi's untimely death.

Moscow's Top Cancer Hospital Under Pressure Amidst Drive for Health Care Privatization

RuNet Echo

Critics worry Moscow's Oncology Hospital No. 62 will close as part of a broader movement towards the privatization of the Russian health care system.

Worried About Its Future, This Former East German City Recruited Syrian Refugees

In Golzow, the population had shrunk so much that authorities were considering closing the village's only elementary school. That's when the town mayor invited Syrian refugee families to move in.

India's Education Minister Says Cow Is the Only Animal to Inhale and Exhale Oxygen

"When will this nonsense end? Or will it end at all? Each claim appears more ludicrous than the previous one."

21 January 2017

How the US Marines Spread Fake News About an Afghan ‘Terrorist’ In Okinawa

A long-term Afghan resident of Japan was accused of being a terrorist by an American military unit stationed in Okinawa Prefecture. It has since been debunked as "fake news".

A Persecuted Bangladeshi Writer Gets a New Life in the US. But Exile Isn't Easy.

“I feel that I am in exile not just physically, my mind is also in exile."

20 January 2017

With One More Vote, Trinidad and Tobago Could Ban Child Marriage

Child marriage will likely soon be illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, but the country's new legislation isn't likely to end the controversy surrounding the practice.

Mexico Hands Over Drug Lord in Move Viewed as ‘Farewell Gift’ to Obama

The extradition of the notorious criminal "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States makes waves in Mexico, where it's said to be a “farewell gift” to Barack Obama.

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