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· October, 2015

Stories about International Relations from October, 2015

28 October 2015

Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World

Advox

Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.

Russian Lawmakers Reportedly Consider Adding ISIS to List of ‘Undesirable’ NGOs

RuNet Echo

Senators are reportedly preparing new additions to their NGO “stop-list,” seeking a ban on several new groups, including the already-outlawed extremist group ISIS.

27 October 2015

From Okinawa to the UN, the Protest Against a US Military Base Continues

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga went to the UN to address human rights violations he says the Japanese and American governments have committed.

Jailed for Anti-Monarchy Graffiti, Thai Musician Gets Support on Social Media

Opas C, a 68-year-old Thai, is serving a three-year jail term for writing an anti-monarchy graffiti in a mall toilet.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Leaves the US Without a Peep About Nukes

"Very unusual for a long joint statement to appear before the mtg is over! Obama-Sharif talks"

21 October 2015

Precarity and Resilience in Calais

The Bridge

"We are from countries that have been colonised or had wars fought against them—by the same countries that now treat us like criminals and make us risk our lives...”

Two Sides of the Reality: A Summer Lesson in Chios Island

The Bridge

For residents of the Greek island of Chios, the past summer brought a lesson that "will continue. . . as long as the misery inside and outside our country persists."

20 October 2015

‘The World Needs Tunisia’

The Bridge

Journalist Guy Sitbon reacts to the Quartet of Tunisian National Dialogue's Nobel Peace Prize win. "Here is what Oslo has revealed to me: the world needs Tunisia too."

The US is No ‘Safe Harbor’ for Citizens’ Data

Advox

The European Court of Justice struck down the data transfer agreement between the EU and the US. Privacy advocates are smiling while US tech companies are unsure of what's next.

12 October 2015

Why Some Chinese Seem to Be Gloating Over Their Country's Exclusion From the Trans-Pacific Partnership

"...are so many Chinese rejoicing over China's misfortune? No. What’s behind this is discontent over the status quo and demands for reforms."

11 October 2015

The Murky Ethics of Publishing Data on Russian Servicemen ‘Bombing Syria’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian "civic investigation" project Mirotvorets, previously preoccupied with exposing the Russian military presence in eastern Ukraine, has published personal data of Russian servicemen allegedly engaged in airstrikes in Syria.

9 October 2015

The Dark Side of Hydropower in Bhutan

Bhutan depends heavily on its hydroelectric industry, but some bloggers worry that the country may be getting carried away with this industry.

6 October 2015

Syrian Refugees? Get Your Facts Straight Before You Share Their Stories

Photographs of struggling Syrian refugees escaping death are plastered all over the Internet. Here's our pick of some photographs which are not what they seem. Rami Alhames explains.

Steps On the Journey

The Bridge

“The seas are not only the graveyard of our bodies. . . but also of our memories—of our belongings and the small things we brought to remind us of home.”

5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

RuNet Echo

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

Portrait of Nobel Literary Prize Winner Pablo Neruda Sparks Debate About Rape Culture in Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda included an account of a rape in his memoir. Now, an artist reimagines the author's memoir with a new title, "I Confess That I Have Raped."

3 October 2015

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

2 October 2015

A Quake-Ravaged Nation Now Faces Indian Blockade. Welcome to Nepal.

Officials in Nepal have accused India of imposing an “unofficial economic blockade,” as it is preventing Indian trucks carrying supplies from entering Nepal near the Madhes border zone.

1 October 2015

Jamaicans Are Unimpressed With the UK's Pish-Posh Attitude on Slavery Reparations

Bob Marley's famous "Redemption Song" called for self-emancipation from mental slavery, but Jamaica is asking for financial reparation from the United Kingdom for its role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

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