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· October, 2015

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Stories about English from October, 2015

11 October 2015

Is Beirut the Codeswitching Capital of the World?

In Beirut, most people don't just speak one language, but a mix of three: English, French and Arabic. It's what many in Beirut call Lebanon's mother tongue.

The Murky Ethics of Publishing Data on Russian Servicemen ‘Bombing Syria’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian "civic investigation" project Mirotvorets, previously preoccupied with exposing the Russian military presence in eastern Ukraine, has published personal data of Russian servicemen allegedly engaged in airstrikes in Syria.

Refugees Take Over Danish Daily Newspaper For a Day to Tell Their Stories

The Danish daily newspaper Information invited 12 refugees, some newly arrived, all professional journalists, to take over the entire 48 pages of the newspaper on Friday, October 9.

Video Blog Provides In-Depth Insights Into How Japanese Politics Work

Japan specialist Tim Langley provide in-depth insights into Japanese politics not normally covered in mainstream media in his engaging video blog.

Execution of Palestinian Fadi Alloun, 19, in Occupied East Jerusalem Causes Nationwide Outrage

The horrifying video, showing how Alloun was killed, is being widely shared online, prompting Mondoweiss to call it the video that 'shocked global audience'.

10 October 2015

Say Goodbye to the Biodiversity at Europe's Oldest Lake?

New construction plans in Macedonia's Galichica National Park threaten the existence of more than a hundred rare and endemic species, jeopardizing the ecosystem of Europe's oldest lake.

Political Cartoons Defy Censorship to Expose Thai-Style ‘Democracy’

A political cartoonist who criticized Thailand's military-backed government has become the latest journalist to be summoned by the army for "attitude-adjustment."

Belarus Catches Up to Russia With Its Own Pro-government ‘Troll Factory’

RuNet Echo

Leaked emails published on ElectBy suggest pro-government Belarusian Republican Youth Union directs its local chapters to leave negative comments on articles about recent opposition rallies.

9 October 2015

Angolan Activist's Health in Danger After Nearly Three Weeks of Hunger Strike in Prison

Luaty Beirao, reportedly in critical condition, was arrested in June with 14 others on accusations of plotting a coup. He and the others maintain they were merely discussing peaceful protest.

Will Prayers Help Zambia's Currency Gain Value? President Lungu Thinks They Might

"Praying for a currency to improve means you don’t understand economics. The depreciation of the Kwacha is not the devils work."

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisians are over the moon their democratic progress was recognised by awarding the National Dialogue Quartet the Nobel Peace Prize today.

‘Doubles’ Price Increase Sends Trinidad & Tobago Foodies Into Tailspin

Sellers of doubles, the nation's most beloved breakfast food, caused outrage when they announced a one dollar price increase, despite the fact that the raw materials cost has remained the...

The Dark Side of Hydropower in Bhutan

Bhutan depends heavily on its hydroelectric industry, but some bloggers worry that the country may be getting carried away with this industry.

8 October 2015

Arrest and Prison Time for Journalists and Bloggers over Facebook Posts in Lebanon

Advox

Two Lebanese Facebook users found themselves sentenced to prison for posts they wrote on the social networking site.

Belarusian Author and Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

RuNet Echo

Alexievich is the 14th woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first Russian-language author to be granted the honor since 1987, when Joseph Brodsky received the prize.

‘Running on Fumes'—Trinidad & Tobago Faces $8.5 Billion Deficit

Trinidad and Tobago's new government delivered its maiden budget speech in parliament this week. While many feared the news wouldn't be good, they didn't quite expect this...

7 October 2015

One of the Russian Internet's Founding Fathers Wants to ‘Erase Syria From the Map,’ and Here's Why the US Is Being Blamed

RuNet Echo

Moscow’s intervention in Syria is having some funny consequences back home in Russia. One of the strangest episodes in this story is Anton Nossik’s fervent support for the new airstrikes.

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Infiltrate Palestinian Protesters Before Turning Their Guns at Them

Footage showing Israeli soldiers dressed as Palestinians in a protest has surfaced online. First, the infiltrators throw rocks at the Israeli soldiers. Then, they turn their guns at the Palestinians.

Cambodian Monks Are Protesting Against Destruction of the Prey Lang Forest

"Monks cannot remain silent on the issue given the alarming rate of deforestation."

Chinese Women Spend Their Holiday Protesting Botched Cosmetic Surgery in South Korea

The majority of Chinese netizens weren't sympathetic to the women's protest. "Why have people in this land become so vain?" one commenter wrote.