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23 September 2016

Iran Executes Hundreds of People Each Year in Its UN-Funded War on Drugs

Those who are executed are often individuals who are marginalized in Iranian society, such as undocumented migrants and refugees from neighbouring Afghanistan and ethnic and religious minorities.

Drone Video Exposes Illegal Burning of Land on Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia

A drone video has captured the extent of land clearing in western Indonesia, which has caused a cloud of haze to descend in the region and in nearby countries.

22 September 2016

In Bulgaria, an Example of How Refugees Need Not Be a Problem, but a Solution

Refugees can help solve shortages of workers—if they're given the chance.

16 September 2016

The Bitter Aftertaste Left by Donald Trump's Visit to Mexico

US presidential candidate Donald Trump made a short visit to Mexico’s capital last month for a private meeting with President Enrique Peña claiming a high cost for the president.

15 September 2016

Havana Is a City That Lives and Breathes Beyond the Limelight

In recent years, Cuba has become fashionable, and Havana is a star in the world market.

10 September 2016

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Global Voices Advocacy

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

French Politicians Say the Darndest Things About Colonialism

You'll find little in common between François Fillon, the former French prime minister, and Dorcas Dienda, a current contestant in the “Miss DRC” beauty pageant. But that being said...

8 September 2016

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

2 September 2016

Iran Declares ‘Unveiling’ of Its National Intranet

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran declared a grand "unveiling" of its national internet. But what's really new here? We analyze the project and the government performance around its so-called "unveiling".

‘Spy’ Trial Against Macedonian Journalist Is Postponed Amid Calls for His Release

"Such cases are intended to punish the disobedient journalists and intimidate and discipline the others."

24 August 2016

Ahmad Abughaush, Jordanian Gold Medalist, and the Erasure of Palestinian Identity

The Bridge

To those who know the history of Palestine, Ahmad Abughaush's surname speaks volumes. Yet this information was absent from news reports on his gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

23 August 2016

Put Down the Marvel and DC, Kids: Russia Just Bought You a Patriotic Comic Book.

RuNet Echo

The three “primary goals” of the comic book are creating alternatives to foreign superheroes, incentivizing teenagers to become active in sports, and raising basic levels of knowledge about military service.

22 August 2016

Breaking the Siege of Aleppo

The Bridge

"The perception is that the US is collaborating with the attackers. If democratic anti-regime forces are crushed by foreign powers and Shia militias, violent extremism will grow in its place."

16 August 2016

The City of Mariupol, Ukraine's Line in the Sand

The Bridge

"This is a war in which the interplay of informational conflict and physical violence is especially evident, in which disinformation and propaganda muddle motives, deny violence, and seek to confuse."

12 August 2016

In International Spotlight, China Convicts Human Right Lawyers and Activists on ‘Subversion’ Charges

The convicted men and women are all connected with the Beijing-based Fengrui law firm, which has a history of taking on politically controversial rights cases.

‘Limited Bandwidth': Where Is the Reporting on Kashmir?

The Bridge

"For partisan commenters on both sides, compromise seems impossible. Kashmir is like Solomon’s Baby, except both of its prospective mothers are happy to cut it in half."

11 August 2016

Russian Officials in Crimea Shut Off the Internet at the Ukrainian Border

RuNet Echo

“This was to ensure that certain special forces... so there would be no infiltration... For security reasons, these measures were necessary, and people understand why.”

10 August 2016

The New Orientalism: Iran as a Political Commodity

The Bridge

The fact that Iran remains for westerners an exotic and mysterious land whose "complex history" requires "untangling" by experts, puts serious limits on the possibilities for genuine engagement.

7 August 2016

How the Zika Narrative About Puerto Rico Explains US Colonialism

The Bridge

Puerto Ricans work, love, live and struggle daily to resist not only the Zika virus, but something much more devastating: more than a century of colonialism and its many consequences.

3 August 2016

How the Vietnamese People Reacted to the South China Sea Ruling

"Groups of riders zipped through the streets, each biker with a passenger holding up a sign that read “China get out of Vietnam”.

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