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· September, 2015

Stories about International Relations from September, 2015

Kazakhstani Textbooks Send Local Patriots and Ukraine into a Tantrum (Clue: It's About Crimea)

"People are working for the promotion of Putin's "Russian World" into the minds of Kazakh children. In my opinion, this is ideological sabotage."

Vladimir Putin's UN General Assembly Speech: Beyond Hashtags

RuNet Echo showcases what about Putin's speech in New York seemed to resonate best with Russian-speaking Twitter users.

A Series of Outrageous Events Fuels Catalans’ Distrust Before Historic Election on Independence

The Catalan people's distrust towards the Spanish government has been exacerbated by several unfortunate public faux-pas in the weeks prior to Catalonia's regional "independence" election on September 27.

New Mobile App Noema Wants to Capture the ‘Underutilized’ Power of Human Voice

"Listening to someone from another part of the world talk about her experiences and most valued thoughts is incredibly awe-inducing," says 19-year-old co-founder Asad Jamal Malik from Pakistan.

Refugees and Police Aren’t the Only Ones At Odds in the Balkans

When it comes to the refugee question, recent friction between EU leaders has done more to rekindle old animosities than resolve the current crisis.

‘We Are Here To Support You': A Dutch Welcome for Refugees

Volunteers at Amsterdam's Central Station have banded together to welcome and support arriving refugees. "What I didn’t anticipate," writes Faten Busheri, "are the stories they would tell me."

Moroccan Royal Motorcade Runs Down By-Stander

UN Does Not Recognize Taiwanese Passport, Denies Entrance to Geneva Office

Several Taiwanese citizens were denied entrance to the United Nations offices, after the receptionist there said the passport issued by Taiwan (ROC) was not a valid identity document.

Russia's Favorite Beer-Eating Patriot Has Now Burned, Eaten, and Stomped on 20,000 ‘Dollars’

This week, Baretsky burned up, chewed up, stomped on, and then sprayed with beer a stack of dollars and euros. He said it was about $20,000—his supposed life savings.

Photos Show How Badly the Haze Is Affecting Southeast Asia

As a forest fire sends a thick haze above Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, face masks have become the fashion du jour for those venturing outdoors.

The End of Japan's ‘Peace Constitution’ Draws Ever Closer

As the country's ruling coalition prepared to pass a new law allowing Japan to go to war, protesters lined the streets and scuffles broke out inside the Diet itself.

South Africa's President Blames the West for Surge in Refugees, So ‘They Must Address It’

Jacob Zuma said the West was guilty of opening the floodgates of refugees by taking military action in Libya, a statement that divided netizens.

Resentment Against Hungary Grows After Serbia Border Clashes Injure Refugees and Journalists

Many expressed anger at Hungary and the European Union for their handling of the refugee crisis, including the closure of the Hungarian-Serbian border, without consulting their non-EU neighbors.

Refugees Met with Generosity and Suspicion in France

Despite enduring fear and suspicion towards refugees, many citizens initiatives have been launched or scaled up in France to meet their needs.

Saudi King Pays a Short Visit to an Iranian Victim of the Mecca Crane Incident

Saudi King Salman visits an Iranian victim of the Mecca crane accident, which killed 107 pilgrims on Friday. Some say it is a PR exercise while others praise Salman

Egypt Kills 12 People, Including Eight Mexican Tourists, and Then Makes Excuses for It

Eight Mexican tourists were among 12 people shot to death from a helicopter in a popular tourist spot, in the Western Desert, in Egypt. Why have they been targeted?

Hungarian Journalist Kicking Syrian Refugees Rouses Disapproval and Outrage Worldwide

In the video, the journalist can be seen kicking two children and tripping up a refugee carrying a child in his arms, causing him to drop the child.

Remembering the Great Fire of Smyrna, 93 Years Ago

The Smyrna Catastrophe is widely considered the worst incident of modern Greek history, and the plight of the refugees halted the Greco-Turkish relations for many decades.

Haze Returns to Southeast Asia as Indonesia's Forest Fires Reach Critical Level

Smoke from forest fires in Indonesia has led to hazy skies in Malaysia and Singapore as well. Social media users reacted with concerns about health and jokes about "Haze Runner."

Could Using a Cell Phone in Iran Put You in Business with “Terrorists”?

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