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13 October 2015

Outrage After Ugandan Police Strip a Female Opposition Official Naked in Public

"A regime that loses respect for women deserves no respect either"

Tajiks Angry at Government Re-Formatting Their Quaint Capital

"Rohat teahouse is not only a beautiful national building, but a memory from more sincere, humane and affordable times."

Democratic Republic of Congo Bans Film on Renowned Doctor Who Treats Rape Survivors

The film "The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates” documents the work of Dr. Denis Mukwege, who specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped.

12 October 2015

Watch Out, Internet! Ukraine Is Getting Its Own Cyberpolice

RuNet Echo

The new Ukrainian cyberpolice force is tasked with protecting the country and its citizens from malicious Internet activity, and is expected to do it better than its predecessors.

Why Some Chinese Seem to Be Gloating Over Their Country's Exclusion From the Trans-Pacific Partnership

"...are so many Chinese rejoicing over China's misfortune? No. What’s behind this is discontent over the status quo and demands for reforms."

WhatsApp Leads in Popularity, But Not Substance in Tanzanian Election Campaign

As a campaign platform, WhatsApp engages the most Tanzanian users, but political communication there mostly boils down to "trash talk," leaving Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to provide more substantial debate.

11 October 2015

Orthodox Serbian Village ‘Threatens’ to Convert to Islam in Bid to Restore Local Church

Residents of Šopić, a village just outside of Belgrade, threatened to "collectively convert to Islam" if their damaged Orthodox church wasn't reconstructed by the parish in October 2015.

Documentary Explores What It's Like to Be Black in Japan

This interesting full-length documentary, made by a pair of popular Japanese video bloggers explores what it's like to be black in Japan.

Is Beirut the Codeswitching Capital of the World?

In Beirut, most people don't just speak one language, but a mix of three: English, French and Arabic. It's what many in Beirut call Lebanon's mother tongue.

The Murky Ethics of Publishing Data on Russian Servicemen ‘Bombing Syria’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian "civic investigation" project Mirotvorets, previously preoccupied with exposing the Russian military presence in eastern Ukraine, has published personal data of Russian servicemen allegedly engaged in airstrikes in Syria.

Video Blog Provides In-Depth Insights Into How Japanese Politics Work

Japan specialist Tim Langley provide in-depth insights into Japanese politics not normally covered in mainstream media in his engaging video blog.

Execution of Palestinian Fadi Alloun, 19, in Occupied East Jerusalem Causes Nationwide Outrage

The horrifying video, showing how Alloun was killed, is being widely shared online, prompting Mondoweiss to call it the video that 'shocked global audience'.

10 October 2015

At Least 86 Killed in Explosions at Ankara Peace Rally

The October 10 attack was the biggest in Turkey's history, carried out as the country prepares for a November 1 election that appears increasingly unfeasible.

Say Goodbye to the Biodiversity at Europe's Oldest Lake?

New construction plans in Macedonia's Galichica National Park threaten the existence of more than a hundred rare and endemic species, jeopardizing the ecosystem of Europe's oldest lake.

A Man Who Travels the World Not to See Things, But Hear Them

Sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard used to be a musician. But he discovered he'd rather find sounds than make them. Now he records what other people barely notice.

Political Cartoons Defy Censorship to Expose Thai-Style ‘Democracy’

A political cartoonist who criticized Thailand's military-backed government has become the latest journalist to be summoned by the army for "attitude-adjustment."

Belarus Catches Up to Russia With Its Own Pro-government ‘Troll Factory’

RuNet Echo

Leaked emails published on ElectBy suggest pro-government Belarusian Republican Youth Union directs its local chapters to leave negative comments on articles about recent opposition rallies.

9 October 2015

Angolan Activist's Health in Danger After Nearly Three Weeks of Hunger Strike in Prison

Luaty Beirao, reportedly in critical condition, was arrested in June with 14 others on accusations of plotting a coup. He and the others maintain they were merely discussing peaceful protest.

Will Prayers Help Zambia's Currency Gain Value? President Lungu Thinks They Might

"Praying for a currency to improve means you don’t understand economics. The depreciation of the Kwacha is not the devils work."

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisians are over the moon their democratic progress was recognised by awarding the National Dialogue Quartet the Nobel Peace Prize today.

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