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· March, 2016

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Stories about English from March, 2016

31 March 2016

Thailand Stops Journalist From Attending World Press Freedom Day in Finland

"If junta thinks forbidding me to travel abroad would silence me then they're mistaken. I will continue to scrutinize and criticize them."

This Russian Website Uses Neural Networks to Combine Images, With Awesome Results

RuNet Echo

A Russian website based on a neural networks algorithm allows Internet users to combine photos and works of art to create fantastical images.

What's Happening in South African Politics? Just Follow the Hashtag

Learn about eight hashtags that help facilitate political debate and even organize protests in South Africa.

30 March 2016

Still No Justice 10 Years After Bolivian Migrants Die in a Sweatshop Fire in Argentina

"Keeping the memory of the tragedy is a tool to fight for the future. We do not forget."

Russia Gets Its Very First Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

RuNet Echo

Last week, one of Nizhny Novgorod's biggest Orthodox churches got a new neighbor, located just around the corner: Russia’s very first Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

With an Eye on China, Tibetans Vote for Their Government in Exile

The government chosen by the vote will govern a large community of Tibetans spread across several countries from its headquarters in McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh in northern India.

29 March 2016

Moscow Police Banned From Discussing Work Matters on Social Media

RuNet Echo

VKontakte, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp are now officially off limits to Moscow police officers who want to discuss work-related matters or exchange official law enforcement data.

Can Low-Income Housing in the US Be Energy Efficient and Affordable?

Residents of low-income housing need energy efficiency more than others, but are less likely to be able to afford it. How to escape the Catch-22?

Chinese Police Tear Families Apart Over Letter That Demanded President's Resignation

Advox

An open letter urging China President Xi Jinping to resign has triggered a rash of political persecution against the family members of Chinese dissidents living abroad. Germany-based writer and Deutsche...

EgyptAir Hijacking Drama Ends; All Passengers Released

"We can finally celebrate the first Arab Muslim hijacker who is not declared a terrorist but a psychologically unstable person. :) #EgyptAir," tweets Patrick Baz.

Meet the Jamaican Entrepreneur Who Found a Way to Make ‘Going Green’ Fulfilling, Socially Responsible, and Even Profitable

How did one Jamaican entrepreneur help water-challenged families in Flint, Michigan? Jovan Evans proves that developing eco-friendly ideas can benefit both people and the planet, while being profitable.

EgyptAir Plane on Route to Cairo Hijacked and Diverted to Cyprus

A lone hijacker has reportedly hijacked Egypt Air flight MS181, forcing the flight to be diverted to Larnaca Airport in Cyprus after claiming he was wearing an explosive belt.

How a Nazi Ghost Came to Haunt the Philippine Presidential Debate

After being accused of corruption in a televised debate, the Philippine vice president conjured the ghost of Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels.

27 March 2016

Blood Donors Crowd Lahore Hospitals Following Devastating Park Bombing on Easter Sunday

Following the attack, scores of citizens began coordinating efforts to donate blood and provide support to the families of the victims.

Online Campaign Tells Australia “Hands Off Timor's Oil” as Thousands March in Dili

Using the hashtags #medianlinenow and #HandsOffTimorsOil, the online campaign urges Australia to respect the maritime boundaries of Timor Leste.

26 March 2016

Center for Monitoring Propaganda and Disinformation Online Set to Open in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russia already has agencies that oppose and respond to cyberattacks, but the center's creators say it would be the first of its kind, monitoring and preventing information attacks online.

#JusticeForTonu Goes Viral After Bangladeshi College Student's Rape and Murder

"This issue runs deeper than one isolated incident. It's time we address it #JusticeForTonu."

Donald Trump’s Anti-Refugee Style of Politics Comes to Hong Kong

Ahead of Hong Kong's legislative vote, politicians are fanning prejudice against asylum seekers in a campaign strategy that mimics, some say, Donald Trump's presidential run in the United States.

25 March 2016

Russian Censors Target Public Wi-Fi Spots in Crusade Against Blocked Websites

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russian censors are now policing public Wi-Fi in places such as cafes, shopping malls or public libraries, to make sure ISPs are blocking access to websites that are officially banned.

China Shuts Down Communist Party News Site, Arrests 20 Over Call for Xi Jinping's Resignation

Advox

Though the letter was only online for a few hours, it is viewed as a direct challenge to Xi Jinping's leadership from party insiders.

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