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· July, 2015

Stories about Citizen Media from 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.

New Video Shows How Japan's Urato Islands Are Bouncing Back Post-Tsunami

For the islands, everything changed on March 11, 2011, when a devastating tsunami swept away everything from houses to oyster beds.

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.

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

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.

Shipibo Stories Pass to the Next Generation—With a Little Help From Digital Media

In the Peruvian Amazon, the Chariboan Joi citizen journalism project has been training young Shipibo to digitally capture traditional stories from their elders to preserve their language and culture.

Nicaragua Mourns Three Family Members Killed by Police in High Speed Pursuit

The death of three family members is the latest tragedy staining Nicaragua's National Police force. The country's outrage might be here to stay.

Internet Spots Luhansk Militants′ ‘Battlefield 3’ Fakes

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.

‘Stereotypes Are Another Unregulated Way to Commit Violence Against Nicaraguan Women’

In an opinion piece published in alternative magazine Conexiones, Katya Najlis explores the ideas that lead to women being harassed on the street in Nicaragua. The essay presents multiple examples and reflections linking the...

Russia's Internet Censor Threatens New YouTube Block

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.

Latin American Indigenous Communities Compete in the ‘Other’ Copa América

Not everyone was on board with the alternative tournament. "This is an outrageous sham," one group wrote.

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.

Blame Game Follows Horrific Violence in Eastern Turkey

"The people who died were humans, is it this hard to value people only by knowing that they have the fundamental right to life... Why are we fighting?"

Laundering Russian Money in London: Undercover Reporters Show You How It's Done

The new hard-hitting exposé From Russia With Cash shows hows dirty money from Russia and elsewhere is being laundered through London's high-end real estate market.

Did the Honduras Government Remove Protesters on Hunger Strike to Save Face?

As the government of Honduras welcomed foreign delegates come to help to put an end to local protests, police unexpectedly dispersed a crowd of demonstrators on a hunger strike.

Mexican Army Accused of Shooting Civilians During Operation in Michoacán

Independent media reported that the Mexican Army opened fire against civilians in the indigenous community of Ostula in Michoacán state. One news outlet said a 12-year-old boy was killed.

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