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Stories about International Relations

3 October 2015

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

29 September 2015

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

26 September 2015

A Series of Outrageous Events Fuels Catalans’ Distrust Before Historic Election on Independence

The Catalan people's distrust towards the Spanish government has been exacerbated by several unfortunate public faux-pas in the weeks prior to Catalonia's regional "independence" election on September 27.

25 September 2015

New Mobile App Noema Wants to Capture the ‘Underutilized’ Power of Human Voice

"Listening to someone from another part of the world talk about her experiences and most valued thoughts is incredibly awe-inducing," says 19-year-old co-founder Asad Jamal Malik from Pakistan.

24 September 2015

Refugees and Police Aren’t the Only Ones At Odds in the Balkans

When it comes to the refugee question, recent friction between EU leaders has done more to rekindle old animosities than resolve the current crisis.

21 September 2015

UN Does Not Recognize Taiwanese Passport, Denies Entrance to Geneva Office

Several Taiwanese citizens were denied entrance to the United Nations offices, after the receptionist there said the passport issued by Taiwan (ROC) was not a valid identity document.

18 September 2015

Russia's Favorite Beer-Eating Patriot Has Now Burned, Eaten, and Stomped on 20,000 ‘Dollars’

RuNet Echo

This week, Baretsky burned up, chewed up, stomped on, and then sprayed with beer a stack of dollars and euros. He said it was about $20,000—his supposed life savings.

Photos Show How Badly the Haze Is Affecting Southeast Asia

As a forest fire sends a thick haze above Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, face masks have become the fashion du jour for those venturing outdoors.

The End of Japan's ‘Peace Constitution’ Draws Ever Closer

As the country's ruling coalition prepared to pass a new law allowing Japan to go to war, protesters lined the streets and scuffles broke out inside the Diet itself.

South Africa's President Blames the West for Surge in Refugees, So ‘They Must Address It’

Jacob Zuma said the West was guilty of opening the floodgates of refugees by taking military action in Libya, a statement that divided netizens.

17 September 2015

Resentment Against Hungary Grows After Serbia Border Clashes Injure Refugees and Journalists

Many expressed anger at Hungary and the European Union for their handling of the refugee crisis, including the closure of the Hungarian-Serbian border, without consulting their non-EU neighbors.

16 September 2015

Refugees Met with Generosity and Suspicion in France

Despite enduring fear and suspicion towards refugees, many citizens initiatives have been launched or scaled up in France to meet their needs.

15 September 2015

Saudi King Pays a Short Visit to an Iranian Victim of the Mecca Crane Incident

Saudi King Salman visits an Iranian victim of the Mecca crane accident, which killed 107 pilgrims on Friday. Some say it is a PR exercise while others praise Salman

14 September 2015

Egypt Kills 12 People, Including Eight Mexican Tourists, and Then Makes Excuses for It

Eight Mexican tourists were among 12 people shot to death from a helicopter in a popular tourist spot, in the Western Desert, in Egypt. Why have they been targeted?

13 September 2015

Hungarian Journalist Kicking Syrian Refugees Rouses Disapproval and Outrage Worldwide

In the video, the journalist can be seen kicking two children and tripping up a refugee carrying a child in his arms, causing him to drop the child.

Remembering the Great Fire of Smyrna, 93 Years Ago

The Smyrna Catastrophe is widely considered the worst incident of modern Greek history, and the plight of the refugees halted the Greco-Turkish relations for many decades.

Haze Returns to Southeast Asia as Indonesia's Forest Fires Reach Critical Level

Smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has led to hazy skies in Malaysia and Singapore as well. Social media users reacted with concerns about health and jokes about "Haze Runner."

9 September 2015

Indonesian House Leaders Face Ethics Probe After Cozying Up to Donald Trump

The surprise appearance of Indonesia's House speaker and his deputy at Donald Trump's campaign rally in New York angered many Indonesian netizens.

7 September 2015

Grand Theft Auto and More: The Grim Reality of Life in ‘Donetsk People's Republic’

RuNet Echo

Documents leaked this summer by 'Anonymous International' depict a living hell for civilians in the separatist-controlled territories of eastern Ukraine.

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