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· May, 2015

Stories about International Relations from May, 2015

31 May 2015

What Does Japanese Prime Minister Abe's Ignorance of the Potsdam Declaration Actually Mean?

Has Prime Minister Abe really never read the Potsdam Declaration? Or is his professed ignorance a signal he rejects Japan's postwar pacifism?

28 May 2015

Migrant Tragedies: ‘Behind the Statistics Are Individual Life Stories and Grieving Families’

"If Africa's youth comes to believe that its future lies elsewhere, it will be impossible to solve the issue of migration," says Souleymane Bachir Diagne.

27 May 2015

No Extra Time for FIFA Caribbean Officials as US Justice Department Lays Indictments

There's a frenzy on Caribbean social media today, following the announcement that the US Department of Justice indicted 9 FIFA officials and 5 corporate executives for racketeering, conspiracy, and corruption.

A Guide to Resources on the Palestinian Nakba, Memory and Identity

Joey Ayoub digs into a list of resources to learn about the 1948 Palestinian exodus, also known as the Nakba, as well as memory and identity.

26 May 2015

Dying in Secret: The Ethics of Investigating Russia's Ukraine Casualties

RuNet Echo

A new type of investigative journalism by bloggers is blurring the lines between armchair Internet sleuthing and hard-hitting investigative reporting to uncover information about Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict.

What Africa Day Means to Africans and Friends of Africa

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity, when the leaders of 30 independent African states signed a founding charter in Ethiopia.

25 May 2015

Region-wide Presidential Term Limits for West Africa? Not So Fast.

West African leaders have dropped the idea of instituting a two-presidential-term limit across the region, thanks to the opposition of Gambia and Togo, the only member states without term limits.

23 May 2015

What Should Singapore's Response to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Be?

Singapore has remained aloof during the migrant crisis in Southeast Asia, saying that the island cannot accept refugees. But should the city-state do more?

21 May 2015

Activist Ambassador Lawyer Journalist: What It’s Like to Be Hated Online in Russia Today

RuNet Echo

Earlier this week, Afisha magazine's Nina Nazarova published a collection of fascinating interviews with four public figures who have played major roles online and in the news in Russia.

19 May 2015

Arab-American Journalist Detained by Israeli Security for ‘Flying While Muslim’

Palestinian-American journalist Noor Wazwaz shares her experience of "Flying While Muslim" into Tel Aviv, saying the humiliation will not deter her from returning again.

Morsi's Death Sentence: The International Community Is Anything but Silent

The international community speaks up against Morsi's verdict and the mass death sentences passed by an Egyptian court on May 16. Netizens stand in support for the ousted president.

The Profitable Patriotism of Vladimir Putin's Biker Bromance

RuNet Echo

Putin’s biker bromance admittedly isn’t radically new, but the prominence—both in Russia and abroad—of the "Night Wolves" motorcycle gang is exploding like never before.

17 May 2015

The Poetical Is Political as Tajik Wordsmith Declares ‘Death to Afghanistan’

'I do believe, that whoever wishes death to Afghanistan, cannot have any love for Tajikistan.'

Rohingya Boat Refugees Rejected by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia

"Action on #Rohingya is a real test of character for #ASEAN. Are we compassionate or heartless nations?"

15 May 2015

Not Everyone in Nepal Is Happy with the Indian Media

Angered by the irresponsible reports in the Indian media, Nepalis online have started using the hashtag #GoHomeIndianMedia, which trended on Twitter for several days.

14 May 2015

A Japanese Town Wants UNESCO Recognition for Kamikaze Memorabilia

Before the young pilots flew to their deaths in WWII, many left behind letters and other artifacts. The town of Chiran wants them given UNESCO's "Memory of the World" status.

Bolivia's Civil Service Wracked by a Series of Social Media Slip-Ups

Blunders made by Bolivian civil servants show how simple mistakes quickly escalate in social media.

12 May 2015

Open Letter to President Obama From a Bahraini Human Rights Defender

Advox

AlMahafdah, a former political detainee in Bahrain, asks President Obama to "be the voice of the people of Bahrain" when he meets the crown prince of the kingdom on Wednesday.

Can Africa Really Maintain Its Own African Centers for Disease Control?

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