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· January, 2015

Stories about International Relations from January, 2015

23 January 2015

Japanese PM's ‘Triple Disaster’ Response to ISIS Ransom Demands

The prime minister dispatched a notably pro-Israel Japanese lawmaker to Jordan to deal with the crisis and delivered his response to ISIS's demands standing in front of an Israeli flag.

22 January 2015

America's Digital Diplomacy in Russia After Michael McFaul

RuNet Echo

McFaul's commentary spanned both his professional and personal life, and he was not afraid to engage with his online audience, even when that meant fighting a "Twitter war."

21 January 2015

Georgians Show Solidarity after Family is Massacred in Armenia

Joseph Smith documented a Facebook-organized event held in Georgia in support of Armenia, currently suffering following the massacre of a family by a Russian soldier near a Kremlin military installation.

16 January 2015

Civil Liberties vs. Terrorism: What Are We Willing to Give Up?

Advox

European Union Interior Ministers are considering measures to combat terrorism in the region, which many have branded as draconian.

13 January 2015

Pro-Russian Forces in Eastern Ukraine Apparently Fire on Another Civilian Vessel by Accident

RuNet Echo

This is not the first time separatists have boasted of an attack online, quickly followed by an assertion that the attack was actually carried out by the Ukrainians.

Twitter Mocks Anti-Muslim Comments with #FoxNewsFacts after ‘Expert’ Says Birmingham, England is ‘Totally Muslim’

Twitter users quickly got into the game, trending #FoxNewsFacts globally. Social search engine Topsy reports that the tag has been tweeted more than 400,000 times this week.

9 January 2015

Venezuelan President Would Free Opposition Leader if US Frees Oscar López Rivera

Puerto Rican Oscar López Rivera has been in prison for 33 years in the United States. He has been called the longest held political prisoner in the Western Hemisphere.

How #EuroMaidan and War with Russia Have Changed Ukraine's Internet

Global Voices takes a look at how #EuroMaidan and Russia's interventions in Crimea and the Donbas have changed Internet use in Ukraine.

7 January 2015

A Look Back at ‘Eastern Ukraine Unfiltered’

RuNet Echo

With hindsight, the title of this interview series is a bit of a misnomer. The truth is, of course, that everyone has a filter.

6 January 2015

Eastern Ukraine Unfiltered, By the Numbers

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo has interviewed and profiled 12 bloggers, citizen journalists, and social media users in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Here's how that breaks down.

4 January 2015

Lovers of the Middle East, Unite!

Two lovers have started collecting 100 love stories from around the Middle East to show the world that the Arab Uprisings brought about unique social change.

Countdown to Asian Cup 2015 Heats Up in Australia

The temperatures in Australia are soaring a week before hosting the Asian Cup 2015 starting 9 January.

2 January 2015

‘A Happy Day Has Come’ for Cuba and the US

In 1974, Cuban singer songwriter Silvio Rodríguez wrote "The Happy Day That Is Coming." This day has finally come.

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