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· February, 2015

Stories about International Relations from February, 2015

28 February 2015

Iran Reacts to the Latest Snowden Leak on SIM Card Hacks

Advox

Iran's Minister of Information and Communication Technologies told Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency that he urges all state employees and ordinary Iranians to rely on their landlines for most communications.

Imported Bollywood Films Have Become Quite a Drama in Bangladesh

Popular Bangladeshi actor Shakib Khan joined protests against Indian movies being screened, arguing it would hurt the country's struggling film industry. Film distributors and cinema owners then banned his films.

24 February 2015

The Dress Rehearsal for the Belarusian Crackdown

RuNet EchoAdvox

"Belaruskaya Pravda" chief editor Yuri Dubina says the recent crackdown in Belarus on independent online media is only "the dress rehearsal" before the presidential election this November.

23 February 2015

Arrival of Yellow Dust Marks Start of Spring Headaches for Japan

Fukuoka in Japan is experiencing its first "yellow dust" day of the season, three months early.

22 February 2015

US Government Eases Sanctions to Allow Export of Personal Communications Tools to Sudan

Advox

The US government has issued a general license amending sanctions on Sudan to allow the export of certain personal communications technologies.

20 February 2015

Meet Russia's New Activists, the Anti-Maidan Movement

RuNet Echo

When Moscow witnessed mass protests in the winter of 2011-2012, organizations like Nashi and Young Guard exerted little or no influence on events. Will Anti-Maidan be different?

Afghanistan Makes History in Cricket World Cup, Despite Debut Loss to Bangladesh

Afghanistan competed in its first ever game in the Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh, also comparatively new to the international sporting competition.

19 February 2015

Japan Seizes Syria-Bound Photographer's Passport Amid ISIS Fears

This follows the brutal murder of two Japanese nationals by ISIS in January. There is now a vague sense in Japan that some places that are not acceptable for travel.

17 February 2015

Moroccan Forces Accused of Abusing Sub-Saharan Migrants

"There were six buses waiting for us, we were ordered to climb. Then we drove for several hours into the desert. We had no indication where we were going."

Nepal Is Home to the World's Leading Tiger Conservation Park

Chitwan National Park has become the world's first tiger refuge to be accredited by the new Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS) from the Tigers Alive Initiative.

14 February 2015

Japan Needs Apartheid, Says Influential Conservative Author

Noted Japanese author and conservative political activist Ayako Sono advocated in a newspaper column that immigrants to Japan be separated by race and forced to live in special zones.

13 February 2015

Argentinian President Goes to China, Mocks Chinese Accents on Twitter

"Ignorant, stupid and racist, a jewel, come on. And she is the representative of a country, poor Argentinians."

Guinean Bloggers Aren’t Satisfied With Government’s Handling of Ebola Epidemic

"In the fight against the disease, it is clear that the approach taken by the authorities has been haphazard and there has been a lack of communication from the beginning."

The Minsk Summit 2.0

RuNet Echo

Social media users in Russia and around the world closely followed the diplomatic summit in Minsk through the night on Wednesday.

12 February 2015

How the War in Ukraine Tears Apart Families and Friends Online

RuNet Echo

Bitterness is in the air, and bitterness affects personal relationships—so I wasn’t surprised when Eleonora told me how a formerly friendly Kiev colleague wished death upon her on Facebook.

10 February 2015

Indonesians Take a Hard Look at Death Penalty Ahead of Drug Trafficking Executions

Indonesian President Joko Widodo denied clemency appeals and stated that the country is dealing with a drug emergency problem.

9 February 2015

#FreeSavchenko: Ukranian Pilot's Hunger Strike in Russian Prison Hits Ninth Week

International campaigns for the release of Nadiya Savchenko continue. Russian authorities don't seem to have plans to release her. Neither does Savchenko have plans to end her hunger strike.

Gardeners Are Repurposing Coconut Waste as Eco-Friendly Plant Pots

Using coir pots that can be planted can save an estimated 100 million plastic pots from ending up in garbage cans.

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