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· February, 2016

Stories about International Relations from February, 2016

Ukraine's Eurovision 2016 Entry Is About Stalin’s Repressions. Russia Isn't Thrilled.

Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision 2016 music contest is a song about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars by the Stalin regime. So why are Russian officials upset?

The Fight Continues to Free Detained Central American High Schoolers in the US

"Children who are doing the right things, who are in school, who are living at home with their parents, are not a priority in my opinion."

UN Human Rights Official Pulls No Punches in Assessment of Hungary

After a nine-day visit, UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst highlighted the disheartening conditions human rights activists face in Hungary.

Volunteer Disaster Relief Efforts Cultivate a Friendship Between Taiwanese and Japanese

"You helped us and we weren’t even your friends, so of course we came to help. Japan and Taiwan will be best friends forever."

Eviction in Calais Refugee Camp Poses Special Threat for Unaccompanied Minors [Updated]

For the hundreds of unaccompanied minors living in Calais' "Jungle" refugee camp life is extremely hard, and the eviction of camp residents by French authorities won't make it easier.

Eurasia’s Leaders Urged to Close Their “Cyber-Borders”

The obscure Organisation of Eurasian Cyber-Security says an open internet can spur 'colour revolutions' of the sort already witnessed in the ex-Soviet region.

The Racist Portrayal of the Philippines in Historical Cartoons as US Troops Invaded

The cartoons portrayed Filipinos as uncivilized people who needed to be educated by the invading United States army.

Italy's Gesture of ‘Respectful’ Self-Censorship for Iran Ends Up Offending Italians

"I don’t think President Rouhani would have been surprised to find there were nude statues in Rome."

When a Syrian Town Has So Many Foreign Fighters That English and German Are Common Languages

Manbij is populated by so many foreign fighters that English and German are now commonly spoken languages in the small town.

Chinese Authorities Pressured a Bangladesh Art Summit Into Censoring a Tibet Exhibit

"The underlying threat to this message is: If you do not comply, we will cut economic ties or otherwise make it difficult for you."

Is Taiwan a Country, a Self-Governing Island, or a Breakaway Territory or Province of China?

The question of Taiwan's political status "is a difficult question for diplomats and journalists, and it is not an easy one even for Taiwanese."

Did Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Fall for Spam Scam?

"During my free time I read about you and learn how to be successful."

Colorized Photos Show Manila in Ruins After the Second World War

"100,000 Filipinos perished, government buildings lay in ruins—and Manila was Pearl of the Orient no more."

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