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· July, 2014

Stories about International Relations from July, 2014

31 July 2014

“Very Difficult to Care about Madagascar”

Why July 25 Is a Tragic Date in Puerto Rican History

Constitution Day is celebrated on July 25, but it is also the date of the U.S. invasion in 1898 and the murder of two young pro-independence activists.

30 July 2014

The Mouthpiece of Totalitarian Propaganda — Crimea's Colonel Cassad

RuNet Echo

Colonel Cassad has little love for Vladimir Putin. Despite this his blog has become massively popular among Putin's supporters. It has also earned him the ire of Ukraine's intelligence services.

29 July 2014

Spinning the MH17 Tragedy, Moscow's Victory Isn't What You Think

RuNet Echo

Kyiv and Moscow trade evidence and conspiracy theories about whose BUK surface-to-air missiles downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. What game is the Kremlin playing online?

23 July 2014

Malaysia's Government, Opposition and People Unite to Demand Justice For MH17 Crash

Malaysia’s Parliament held an emergency session and unanimously approved a motion condemning those who are responsible for shooting down the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which killed 298 people.

Sri Lanka Plans to Deport 1,500 Pakistani and Afghan Refugees

18 July 2014

Only Months After MH370 Disappears, Plane Crash in Ukraine Sends Malaysians Reeling

A Malaysia Airlines flight attendant highlighted on Instagram and Twitter the loss of lives on both flights: "Within 4 months I lost almost 30 friends."

Jews and Arabs in Chile, Home to One of the Largest Palestinian Communities, Call for Peace in Israel and Gaza

Palestinian and Jewish communities have called on each other to speak out against human rights abuses, while politicians are urging the government to take its condemnation of Israeli shelling further.

17 July 2014

The World Shouts #FreeAlexSodiqov During Global Vigil

Global Voices' community member Alexander Sodiqov is not a British spy. And #FreeAlexSodiqov is an international movement. This vigil - a month after his arrest - proves it.

Authorities Have Confiscated $9.9M Hidden in Bean Cans, Shoes and Even Stomachs at This Guatemalan Airport

Money launderers try to smuggle the undeclared cash to destinations like Panama or Colombia, often to pay for drugs.

15 July 2014

This Russian Journalist Fears ‘Spy Scares’ May Migrate North from Tajikistan

The Bridge

It is nearly a month since Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov was wrongfully arrested by Tajik authorities on espionage charges. This "Tajik precedent" should concern Russians, too, argues journalist Igor Rotar.

More Fallout From Yet Another Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Shootout

"Enclaves", "exclaves" and border shootouts undermine relations between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Central Asia's poorest states. The latest fatal flare up caused a death and several injuries.

11 July 2014

Oscar López Rivera Has Spent 33 Years Behind Bars in the US. Puerto Ricans Say That's 33 Too Many

Oscar López Rivera's imprisonment has received attention in recent weeks in various media outlets and at the United Nations from people who support his release.

9 July 2014

Will India's Search for ‘Black Money’ Stashed Abroad End in Fortune or Frustration?

It depends on who you ask. Some estimates put the amount of money stashed abroad at $1.34 trillion, which India would use for its development.

Deported Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Speak of Mistreatment by Australian Authorities

Guyana's Foreign Minister Comes Out Swinging After the US Ambassador Criticizes the Lack of Local Elections

The ruling People's Progressive Party (PPP) administration has failed to hold local government elections for 20 years.

Bahrain Kicks Out Visiting American Human Rights Official

Bahrain, ruled by the Sunni al-Khalifa family, has faced criticism for its human rights record ever since the military cracked down on Shi'ite Muslim-led protests against the government in 2011.

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