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· May, 2015

Stories about Breaking News from May, 2015

30 May 2015

After 33 years, Cuba Is Off the US List of Countries Sponsoring Terrorism

The list is reserved for nations that, according to the US government, repeatedly provide support for international acts of premeditated, politically motivated violence against non-combatants.

29 May 2015

How Argentinian Football Club Boca Juniors Lost Out to Violence

Four players from the Buenos Aires football club River Plate were attacked by fans with pepper spray during a match against their bitter rivals, Boca Juniors.

FIFA Elections Are in Progress

2 Reasons Why Madagascar's President Hasn't Been Impeached Yet (Contrary to Media Reports)

28 May 2015

The Boomerang Effect: Why Would Tajikistan's Special Forces Chief Join ISIS?

"This is the most well-made film of a Tajik IS fighter. Unsurprisingly, they have quickly used [him] for recruitment purposes."

Did Russia Just Effectively Outlaw Internet Anonymizers?

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian court has ruled to block a webpage for being "an anonymizer," raising concerns that tools like Tor and other anonymizing proxy services might soon be banned wholesale.

What You Need to Know to About Growing Opposition to Peru's Tía María Mining Project

Resistance by Peruvian farmers to the planned Tía María mining operation has increased in the last few weeks. Here is some background on the origins of the conflict.

27 May 2015

No Extra Time for FIFA Caribbean Officials as US Justice Department Lays Indictments

There's a frenzy on Caribbean social media today, following the announcement that the US Department of Justice indicted 9 FIFA officials and 5 corporate executives for racketeering, conspiracy, and corruption.

26 May 2015

Dying in Secret: The Ethics of Investigating Russia's Ukraine Casualties

RuNet Echo

A new type of investigative journalism by bloggers is blurring the lines between armchair Internet sleuthing and hard-hitting investigative reporting to uncover information about Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict.

23 May 2015

In Argentina, a March on the ‘Global Day of Action Against Monsanto’

"In #Argentina 300 million liters of glyphosate are sprayed annually across 28 million hectares of plantation, affecting more than 10 million people."

Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary

"We cannot build a democratic society if we lack freedom, liberty, rights, justice, and reconciliation."

22 May 2015

ISIS Claims Responsibility in Suicide Bombing in Shia Mosque in Qatif Killing 21 Worshippers

Twenty-one people were killed when an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shia mosque in Qatif, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, after Friday prayers today.

19 May 2015

Russia Launches ‘Predictive System’ for Monitoring Protest Activity Online

RuNet EchoAdvox

The new Russian software will allegedly be able to spot preparations for protests online long before they happen, and could supply that information to law enforcement, academics and state officials.

16 May 2015

Egypt's Former President Mohammed Morsi Sentenced to Death for 2011 Prison Escape

Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi, along with more than 100 other people, were sentenced to death today. Human rights organisations and supporters describe the trial as a "sham."

15 May 2015

Facebook's Zuckerberg Responds to Ukrainians’ Complaints, But Is His Answer Enough?

RuNet EchoAdvox

Mark Zuckerberg has addressed the appeals of Ukrainian Facebook users for better content moderation and calls to create a dedicated Ukrainian office. His answers seem unlikely to satisfy them.

14 May 2015

Bahrain Court Upholds Six Month Sentence Against Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Over Tweet

Advox

A Bahrain court today upheld a six-month sentence for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab over a tweet. Rajab is already in custody under investigation for other tweets.