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· January, 2017

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Stories about English from January, 2017

25 January 2017

Russian Police Lose an Easy Way to Trap ‘Internet Extremists’

RuNet Echo

On Tuesday, by revising one of its default privacy settings, the Russian social network Vkontakte significantly reduced the number of shared photographs publicly visible on individual account pages.

24 January 2017

Popular Chinese Selfie App Meitu Prompts Privacy Fears

"I think it’s just a very shady business practice to try to gather as much data as you can without asking for permission."

Azerbaijan's Last Rail Stop Before Nagorno Karabakh Is a Quiet Place, When It Isn't Getting Hit by Shells

Welcome to Kocharli: the end of the line.

From Facebook Live Questions to a Police Investigation, the Curious Case of a Trinidad & Tobago Presidential Housing Allowance

The police have begun investigations into the legality of the president's housing allowance, but in a country where faith in the police service is low, netizens are hoping for transparency.

The First Non-US Animated Short to Win an Oscar Was Made by a Director From Croatia

With Academy Award nominations around the corner, learn about the director from Croatia who won the Oscar in 1961 for Best Animated Short Film.

23 January 2017

Inspired by Trump's Counsellor, Trinidad & Tobago Social Media Users Start Whipping Out ‘Alternative Facts’

"Ringling Brothers closed down in anticipation of the competition from the American government. #alternativefacts"

China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs

Advox

The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.

Filipino Farmers and Activists March for Justice and ‘La La Land Reform’

'Stop killing peasants who feed the nation,' reads one banner during the January 20 march organized by peasant groups and activists in the Philippines.

Snapshots of Migrants Working at a Riverside Brickworks in Myanmar

In some cases, children as young as five years of age share in their family’s labor when they really should be playing or studying at school.

Thousands of Women March to Reclaim Public Spaces Across India

Thousands of women across India rally, carrying signs reading, “I will go out,” in a campaign to reclaim their right to public spaces without fear of being attacked.

22 January 2017

The Long Road of Burundi’s Diplomatic Isolation

Over the past several months, Burundi’s ongoing political-security crisis has exacerbated diplomatic tensions and local economic decline.

India's Education Minister Says Cow Is the Only Animal to Inhale and Exhale Oxygen

"When will this nonsense end? Or will it end at all? Each claim appears more ludicrous than the previous one."

20 January 2017

With One More Vote, Trinidad and Tobago Could Ban Child Marriage

Child marriage will likely soon be illegal in Trinidad and Tobago, but the country's new legislation isn't likely to end the controversy surrounding the practice.

Health of Detained UAE Academic Nasser Bin Ghaith at Risk, Rights Groups Say

Advox

Bin Ghaith was held incommunicado for nine months over and deprived of adequate food and clothing. Supporters are now concerned for his health.

Diplomacy via Twitter? Indian Minister Threatens Amazon Over Indian Flag Doormat

"This case illustrates the perils of playing to the social media gallery in diplomacy."

China's Top Judge Warns Against the ‘Threat’ of Judicial Independence

"The speech should be the best migration service advertisement of the year."

19 January 2017

They’re Partying This Friday to Make America Great Again, In Russia

RuNet Echo

Invitations went out over social media this week, informing journalists about inauguration festivities organized by the “White Star” art collective, which includes several prominent figures in Russia’s pro-Kremlin youth movement.

What Eyewitnesses Say Happened When Israeli Police Tried to Demolish Umm el-Hiran, a Bedouin Arab Village

Eyewitnesses explain what happened in Umm el-Hiran on the morning of January 18, 2017 as Israeli authorities prepared to destroy a Bedouin village

The Bosnian Politician Caught Lying About an Invitation to Trump's Inauguration

The Bridge

“Unless the departing administration denies me a visa, I’ll be at the inauguration,” have turned out to be famous last words for the president of Republika Srpska.

Bahrain Intensifies Media Crackdown Ahead of Protest Anniversary

Advox

On 16 January, the government banned the online edition of the country’s only independent newspaper al-Wasat, from "using electronic media tools".