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· February, 2016

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Stories about English from February, 2016

29 February 2016

Can Goodwill Gestures Help End Burundi's Political Crisis?

Two blocked radios are permitted back on the air, arrest warrants were lifted and some prisoners to be freed -- yet many remain unconvinced about the government's good intentions.

Ukraine's Eurovision 2016 Entry Is About Stalin’s Repressions. Russia Isn't Thrilled.

RuNet Echo

Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision 2016 music contest is a song about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars by the Stalin regime. So why are Russian officials upset?

Body-Policing and Identity Politics Bog Down Trinidad Gymnasts’ Olympic Dreams

"So many countries celebrate an athlete's body. In my country, a female athlete could be shamed and disciplined for showing hers."

Macedonians Protest to ‘Defend the Constitution from the Constitutional Court Justices’

"Apparently it's perfectly legal to do election fraud, and whatever crimes you commit as long as the court approves it"

Macedonian Court Rejects Appeal by Activist Sentenced for Defaming Pro-Government TV Host

Five years after the case first began, Macedonia's judiciary has finally rejected an appeal by an activist convicted defaming a pro-government television show host.

Belgrade Mayor Stands By Police Chief Who Interfered in Journalists’ Work

Belgrade Mayor Siniša Mali has refused to comply with the request of Serbia's Ombudsman to fire the chief of the Communal Police, who interfered with the work of journalists.

Youth NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe Tackle Corruption With a New Documentary Series

In the former Yugoslavia and former USSR, "from kindergarten to university, generations of children and students grow up learning about corruption from their own experiences."

28 February 2016

The Malaysian Insider News Website Blocked by Authorities for Posting ‘Unverified’ Report on Government Corruption

Advox

"Such unilateral action could also be construed as an attempt to intimidate the media against running critical news reports."

27 February 2016

Desperate for Safer Roads, Russians Are Literally Filling Potholes with Money

RuNet Echo

In the past five weeks, there’s been a new slew of pothole-related scandals. Depending on your attitude about lousy public services and motorways, these stories will either entertain or disconcert.

Hokkaido's Popular Poplar Cut Down Because of Misbehaving Tourists

The tree had increasingly become a tourist attraction in recent years, with people traveling to visit the tree to snap its picture.

Disenfranchised Hongkongers Flood Their Chief Executive's Facebook Page with New ‘Angry’ Emoji

Hongkongers are making their feelings about the head of their government known, thanks to the launch of Facebook's new "Reactions" feature, which gives them the freedom to express their disapproval.

Anti-Extremism Police in Yakutia, Russia, Say They Have Ways of Finding You on WhatsApp

RuNet EchoAdvox

WhatsApp messenger is hugely popular in Yakutia—and the anti-extremist police force are on it.

26 February 2016

Jamaica Peacefully Chooses a New Government. Young Activists Take a Bow

Close to 35,000 voters joined the electoral list for the first time. Could the youth vote -- and online activism -- have been the deciding factors in Jamaica's general election?

Anti-Aviation Protests in France and the UK Mark a New Wave of Climate Disobedience

"When the political system is so fundamentally flawed that it is unresponsive to an issue of colossal international importance...then every citizen has a responsibility to act. "

The Fight Continues to Free Detained Central American High Schoolers in the US

"Children who are doing the right things, who are in school, who are living at home with their parents, are not a priority in my opinion."

Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias

The Bridge

With over 196 Indian languages on the verge of extinction, Wikipedia in Indian languages could potentially preserve and revive many languages.

Animator Chronicles His Family's Experience Emigrating With the Caribbean's ‘Windrush Generation’

"While many of the Windrush Generation experienced similar circumstances arriving in Britain, not much is actually documented. Animation can help to bridge generational gaps when the story is relevant."

Journalists Find Themselves the Target of India's ‘Anti-National’ Narrative

"As goons in black robes rampaged through the Delhi court house where Kanhaiya Kumar is being tried, they assaulted journalists not just on day one, but then once again..."

25 February 2016

Ukrainian Court Equates Social Network Profile With Mainstream Media

RuNet EchoAdvox

The social media pages containing "calls to overthrow authorities" were determined by the court to be "mass media" because they were public and accessible to an unlimited number of people.

An Exiled Scholar Says Thailand's Junta Is Harassing His Family

"I already found this injustice unbearable. But to go after my family who had nothing to do with me — this is absolutely unacceptable."

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