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· July, 2015

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Stories about English from July, 2015

27 July 2015

Greece Crisis Propelling Some Ethnic Greeks Back to Their Homeland on a Turkish Island

Greeks and Turks share a love and pride for the beautiful island called Gökçeada by the former and Imbros by the latter.

26 July 2015

Malaysia Blocks News Website and Suspends Two Local Papers for Reporting on Government Corruption

"Our report is based on evidence corroborated by documents that include bank transfers and statements. How can the work we have done be deemed as a political conspiracy?"

Taiwan Will Most Likely Have a Woman President in 2016

"It is a breakthrough that the two main political parties endorsed women candidates."

25 July 2015

Videos of Trinidad Jailbreak Show Prisoners Made Confident Exit from Downtown Prison

As somebody quipped on Facebook, it looked like "more of a jail release than a jailbreak".

Conspiracy Theories Abound in Aftermath of Trinidad Jailbreak

In the absence of an official version of events from the country's protective services, netizens have been sharing their own theories about yesterday's jailbreak in Trinidad's capital city.

Why Do Seniors in Singapore Still Collect Cardboard Boxes?

The plight of elderly cardboard-collectors has become a popular topic in Singapore over the past two weeks, following a government minister's not-so-amusing gaff.

Why Britain Owes India for 200 Years of Brutal Colonialism

"Britain's rise for 200 years was financed by its depredations in India. In fact Britain's industrial revolution was actually premised upon the de-industrialisation of India."

24 July 2015

Trinidad's Capital Sent Into a Tailspin as Three Inmates Shoot Their Way Out of Prison

One escapee—awaiting trial in connection with a high-profile murder—and a police officer died in the ensuing frenzy. The other two prisoners are reportedly still at large.

Brazilian Music Legends Caetano and Gil Will Perform in Israel Despite Calls to Cancel

Ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters and former apartheid campaigner and Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu have publicly asked the duo to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.

Japanese Media Group's Purchase of the Financial Times Shocks China

Given the bad blood between China and Japan over Japanese war crimes during World War II as well as geo-political tensions in Asia, many Chinese didn't take the news well.

The Gambia's Increasingly Isolated President Frees Almost All Prisoners

Yahya Jammeh has pardoned all convicts between 1994 and 2013 in celebration of 21st anniversary of his toppling of the democratically elected President Dawda Kairaba Jawara on 22nd July 1994.

After Youth Activists’ Arrest, Ugandans Speak Out Against Police Impunity

"The Uganda police has been reduced into a small armed group that fights political opposition while part-timing at law keeping"

As Ukraine Bans Russian TV Shows for ‘Propaganda,’ Local Channels Put Up a Fight

RuNet Echo

With Ukraine banning a number of Russian TV shows that "glorify the Russian government, military, and law enforcement," Ukrainian television channels are already looking for loopholes in the new legislation.

Why Indian Film Students Have Been Protesting for More Than a Month

Students object to the recently appointed Gajendra Chauhan as chairmen of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, complaining that he isn't qualified and is a political choice.

23 July 2015

Internet Spots Luhansk Militants′ ‘Battlefield 3’ Fakes

RuNet Echo

Pro-Russian militants claimed they found a cache of "American weapons" at the Luhansk airport but social media users quickly discovered that the evidence was a video game-inspired fake.

How Boko Haram Is Changing International Politics in Western and Central Africa

Boko Haram has revved up its attacks against many African nations in the past several weeks. Here is a recap of the conflict in the region so far this year.

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

RuNet EchoAdvox

State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia.

22 July 2015

Russia's Internet Censor Threatens New YouTube Block

RuNet EchoAdvox

Roscomnadzor says the latest block, spurred by uploaded unauthorized copies of two Russian TV shows, may make all of YouTube unavailable to some RuNet users at the end of July.

The Origins of Anti-Haitian Sentiment in the Dominican Republic

Ruling the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961, Rafael Trujillo used anti-Haitian ideology to rally Dominicans around his dictatorship.

Israel's Business Style: Drop the Niceties, Speak Your Mind

Intel's guidebook on working with Israelis highlights Israel's workplace norms, which value direct communication and action, things that can be interpreted as rude in other cultures.