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· February, 2016

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Stories about English from February, 2016

25 February 2016

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi Briefly Goes Up for Sale on eBay

A bid offering Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi for sale went up on eBay minutes after he said he would even sell himself to bail out the country.

Unlike Past Elections, Uganda's Streets Are Empty of Celebrations Following President Museveni's Win

"People are so happy that they afraid they could die of happiness if they start celebrating," one Facebook user sarcastically quipped.

How Myanmar Residents Are Coping Up With Rising Temperatures Caused by El Niño

El Niño is already causing water shortages across Myanmar. Take a look at how residents are coping up with the rising temperatures.

Why Are People Calling John Kerry a “Thug” Online?

As the Geneva 3 Conference kicked off on January 29, tens of thousands of tweets used the hashtag #KerryTheThug to condemn US Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on Syria.

This Island in the Indian Ocean Is Small, But the Lessons It Offers on Clean Power Are Anything But

The Indonesian island Sumba is working to provide 100-percent renewable electricity to all 650,000 residents by 2025.

24 February 2016

Violence Escalates on Eve of Elections in Jamaica

In the aftermath of a typically turbulent campaign season, polls have predicted a tight race and low voter turnout in tomorrow's elections in Jamaica.

When Elections Are a Joke, the People Tell Election Jokes

Election fraud and other misdeeds have been a widespread problem in the Balkans. As the saying goes, 'If I didn't laugh, I'd cry.'

Bolivians Use Social Media to Expose Electoral Fraud in President Morales’ Referendum

"None of this is new. But this time, it shows the power of social media, and that now we are able to impact a campaign with the truth."

Egyptian Writer Ahmed Naji Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for His ‘Sexually Explicit’ Novel

Advox

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji has been sentenced to two years in prison for publishing a chapter of his "sexually explicit" novel in a magazine.

Homophobia Mars a Chechen Model’s Dream

RuNet Echo

Many models dream of scoring a photoshoot for Dolce & Gabbana. 17-year-old Ilona Bisultanova's dream came true last month, but what followed online wasn't entirely beautiful.

Volunteer Disaster Relief Efforts Cultivate a Friendship Between Taiwanese and Japanese

"You helped us and we weren’t even your friends, so of course we came to help. Japan and Taiwan will be best friends forever."

23 February 2016

Aqeela Asifi: A Teacher in Exile Continues the Struggle

Imagine teaching for 23 years in a small Afghan refugee camp, and then, one day, learning that Stephen Hawking himself has lauded you and your work

Unexpected Border Closure Leaves Thousands of Afghan Refugees Stranded in Greece

In Idomeni, a small village next to the Greek-Macedonian border, the only hope seems to be a passport.

Dear Karachi City Officials, ‘Fix It’. (Or Else.)

Alamgir Khan's #fixit campaign has rallied young Karachiites into action has taken up the responsibility of fixing some of the city's most detrimental issues.

China Won't Broadcast the Hong Kong Film Awards Because of Dystopian Nominee ‘Ten Years’

"What is so fearful about this film? The film has portrayed different thoughts and perspectives; this can be a starting point for communication and understanding."

Swasthani Vrata Katha in Photos: Nepal’s Month-Long Festival of Fasting and Praying for Spouses’ Well-Being

The ritual is said to have started after King Himalaya’s daughter Parvati, the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion, spent a month fasting and praying to the goddess Swasthani.

Russians Find the Stories Hidden in Photos of Decay

RuNet Echo

There's a community on the Russian social network Vkontakte that takes photos of rust, peeling paint, and decay, and reimagines them as “abstract stories.”

World's Oldest President, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Turns 92

"I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ because he only died once."

Live Twitter Chat #AskLesotho Brings Lesotho's Worst Drought in Recent History to the Fore

“Send a Cow ”is a UK-based international development charity. Global Voices spoke with its Communications Manager, Azita Shamsolahi, about a live Twitter chat, #askLesotho, the group is organising this week.

Facts Be Damned. China's President Demands Media Outlets Parrot the Party Line

"When all the media are working for something other than the people's interest, people are left behind and forgotten."