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23 March 2017

Hong Kong Residents Are Trolling China's New ‘Diplomacy’ Page on Facebook

When China's Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong opened an official Facebook page, it was quickly flooded with angry comments.

Here's Why This Election Year in France Is Completely Unprecedented

People feel that the future is bleak and that the old recipes of established parties are not working.

22 March 2017

Kathmandu’s Pollution Is So Bad, Even Gods Need Masks

The level of pollution in Kathmandu has surpassed the minimum acceptable level and the residents are reacting by putting masks over their faces, just like the city's iconic statues.

21 March 2017

This Is How a Russian School Principal Talked to Her Students About Patriotism

RuNet Echo

Leaked audiotape reveals how a Russian school principal insulted her students, saying they lack patriotism, after they challenged her criticisms of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

19 March 2017

In Northern Sri Lanka, Incidents of Military Intimidation Threaten Reconciliation

"There was clearly anger from the side of the military that people were getting their land back."

17 March 2017

Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?

The Bridge

When posing solutions to fix fake news, we need to be careful not to build our own self-censorship machines.

16 March 2017

Going to University in Paraguay Can Be a Life-or-Death Decision (Part Two)

"I envy the opportunities they have on the the other side of the river. For us, this is another world."

The Amazing, Endearing PSAs of the Belarusian Ministry of Emergencies

RuNet Echo

The Belarusian ministry in charge of managing disasters and national emergencies has produced a cartoon show. The series features animals in Looney-Toons-style misadventures, and teaches children how to stay safe.

Life Inside a Leprosy Colony in Myanmar

Pyay Kyaw visits patients at the St. Joseph Cotto Legnos Leprosy Colony, home to people like Maya, who once was forced to live in her town’s cemetery due to stigma.

14 March 2017

Late-Season Snow Brings Joy to Bhutan

"only in #bhutan...police making snowman at the main roundabout. wonderful"

12 March 2017

India's Cashless Villages: Not Really There Yet, But the Journey Has Begun

The Lanura village lacks basic facilities, like electricity infrastructure, water and other amenities of life. The people were stunned to learn that the village was declared a "cashless village."

Reckless Diplomacy: Turkey-Netherlands #TulipCrisis Is Scary Viewing for Minorities in Europe

A rally, a crackdown and a diplomatic standoff that stands to benefit nationalist politicians in both countries, but almost no-one else.

10 March 2017

Russia Adds First-Ever Foreign Messaging App to Federal Registry

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

For the first time ever, Russia’s federal censor, Roskomnadzor, has added a foreign online messenger to its “Registry of Information-Dissemination Organizers,” targeting the Swiss company Threema.

8 March 2017

We the Governors of the Russian Federation Would Like to Wish You a Happy International Women's Day

RuNet Echo

According to sources in the Kremlin, the order came from the very top: Russian governors were to celebrate International Women's Day "creatively."

7 March 2017

Silicon Valley Giant Uber Caught up in Kazakhstan Wooden Stool Scandal

"Uber. Are you completely nuts? Is this what a Californian startup looks like?"

Despite a Military Mutiny, Côte D'Ivoire's Government Says It Is Ready for UN Troop Withdrawal

The question of material demands from the Army has been a recurrent one since Côte d'Ivoire's emergence, in 2011, from a decade of civil war.

6 March 2017

India’s Government Plans to Refuse School Lunches to Students Without National ID Cards

Beginning this summer, the Indian government will controversially start requiring more than 100 million school children to show their Aadhaar (national identity) card in order to claim their lunches.

5 March 2017

India Bans Two Movies For ‘Being Too Lady-Oriented’ and ‘Glorifying Homosexuality’

"According to the Cinematography Act, a film can only be banned if it compromises on national security. What security is a romantic film on a gay couple compromising?"

4 March 2017

With Key TV Station Takeover, Is Free Speech in Georgia at Stake?

"We have seen the government slowly but surely moving to usurp the media space, focusing primarily on television."

2 March 2017

Philippines Offers Media Credentials to Bloggers — But Some Suspect State is Trying to Control Online Content

Global Voices Advocacy

"when analyzed [in accordance with the guidelines]....it becomes clear that contrary views are unacceptable lest they be misinterpreted as provocative."

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