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Stories about International Relations

14 April 2017

War Between Spain and the UK Over Gibraltar? Social Media Says No Way, José!

"Why would we want Gibraltar, if we can't already exit a roundabout driving on the right imagine us on the opposite side!!!"

13 April 2017

The Convenient Uses of Mexico's “Foreign Enemy” Doctrine

The Bridge

"The doctrine, before being imparted to its recipients, came with a dose of shock therapy, plus several months amplifying the panic-ridden discourse in the United States prior to the elections."

12 April 2017

Russian Journalists Say One of NYT's Pulitzer-Winning Stories Was Stolen

RuNet Echo

The New York Times won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for ten articles on Russia. The Russian website Meduza says one of those stories was stolen.

Venezuelan Migrants Face Prejudice and Bureaucracy in Northern Brazil

Economic crisis and food shortages in Venezuela have sparked a wave of migrants into Brazil, which is now struggling to respond and meet humanitarian needs.

China's Latest Step to Root Out Foreign Spies? Cash Rewards for Informants.

But some Chinese are concerned, given that certain "patriotic" circles equate critical speech about China as an act of espionage.

9 April 2017

Sisi's Visit to the White House Met with Controversial Reactions in Egypt

On the chessboard of Egyptian politics, Sisi's relations with the United States is no small matter. But how are Egyptians reacting?

5 April 2017

The Syrian Regime Is Waging a War of Documents on Syrians

Authorities have withheld or complicated the issuing of death certificates, school diplomas and passports as punishment to Syrians who don't walk the regime line.

4 April 2017

Hungary Fast Tracks Legislation to Boot Out Central European University

On April 4, the Hungarian government adopted an amendment to new legislation on higher education that might bring an end to the Central European University.

3 April 2017

Pre-Vote Shenanigans — And Fake News — Cloud Armenia's General Election

Global Voices Advocacy

The build up to #Armvote17 showcased a sample of the online tactics favoured by modern-day vote manipulators.

2 April 2017

Missing Taiwan NGO Worker's Wife Travels to Beijing to Rescue Him

"The [Chinese] government can assign the label "harmful to state interests" to anyone that it does not like."

1 April 2017

Happy April Fool’s Day from the Russian Embassy

RuNet Echo

It's April Fool's Day, and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs brought its A-game.

31 March 2017

The CIA's Online Museum Offers a Glimpse of US Military Intervention in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a region where U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War led to the expansion of the CIA’s paramilitary operations in Laos and Cambodia.

Sudden Death of Aqua-Blue-Eyed Model Shocks Maldives

Raudha Athif, the 20-year-old aqua-blue-eyed Maldivian model, was found hanging inside her dormitory room in north Bangladesh on Wednesday. On social media, Maldivians are mourning the loss of this woman.

28 March 2017

Georgia Really, Really Wanted a Visa-Free Agreement with the EU, and Now It's Party Time

"From Tuesday, Georgian nationals may visit Europe’s vast borderless Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 day period."

The UK Is Among the World's Largest Suppliers of Weapons—and Is Making Arms Boycotts Illegal

As one of the world's largest weapons dealers, the UK routinely sells to countries with abysmal human rights records. It is now seeking to outlaw boycotts on Israeli settlement products.

27 March 2017

For One Somalia-Born UK Citizen, Brexit Is a “Point of No Return”

The Bridge

"This is not the England I grew up in, the one I wanted so much to belong to."

26 March 2017

In A Greek Refugee Camp: A Volunteer's Notebook

The Bridge

"As volunteers, we’re treated as though we’re not part of the story.... But whether we like it or not, we are part of the narrative and influence it, significantly."

23 March 2017

There Are ‘No Borders to Music,’ But the U.S. Consulate Still Rejected These Indonesian Choir Members’ Visas

"Regardless of the “borders” instilled by politics, there are no borders to music, no borders to unity through artistry, no borders from humanity that thrives from singing of the heart."

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.

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