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· September, 2016

Stories about International Relations from September, 2016

Pakistani Actors in Bollywood Become Targets of Hate as the India-Pakistan Tussle Escalates

"...culture and art and sport should be without boundaries and borders. These are the two areas which bring people together and encourage understanding of other cultures."

I Am Lucky to Have a Syrian Passport

"Do I appear fidgety? Maybe it is because I don’t understand how someone would ever answer “Yes” to the question: 'Are you a member of a secret banned organization?'"

Jordanian Government Ignores Public Backlash, Signs Gas Deal With Israel

Despite significant opposition, Jordan signs controversial gas deal with Israel. Protests planned for this Friday could determine the agreement's future.

A Lavish Iranian TV Series Revises the History of the 1953 Coup for the Post-Nuclear Deal Age

Iran's 1953 coup d'état is widely depicted as a rupture in the modern history of Iran. It is also a Pandora’s box filled with contested narratives.

Iran Executes Hundreds of People Each Year in Its UN-Funded War on Drugs

Those who are executed are often individuals who are marginalized in Iranian society, such as undocumented migrants and refugees from neighbouring Afghanistan and ethnic and religious minorities.

Drone Video Exposes Illegal Burning of Land on Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia

A drone video has captured the extent of land clearing in western Indonesia, which has caused a cloud of haze to descend in the region and in nearby countries.

In Bulgaria, an Example of How Refugees Need Not Be a Problem, but a Solution

Refugees can help solve shortages of workers—if they're given the chance.

The Bitter Aftertaste Left by Donald Trump's Visit to Mexico

US presidential candidate Donald Trump made a short visit to Mexico’s capital last month for a private meeting with President Enrique Peña claiming a high cost for the president.

Havana Is a City That Lives and Breathes Beyond the Limelight

In recent years, Cuba has become fashionable, and Havana is a star in the world market.

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

French Politicians Say the Darndest Things About Colonialism

You'll find little in common between François Fillon, the former French prime minister, and Dorcas Dienda, a current contestant in the “Miss DRC” beauty pageant. But that being said...

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

Iran Declares ‘Unveiling’ of Its National Intranet

Iran declared a grand "unveiling" of its national internet. But what's really new here? We analyze the project and the government performance around its so-called "unveiling".

‘Spy’ Trial Against Macedonian Journalist Is Postponed Amid Calls for His Release

"Such cases are intended to punish the disobedient journalists and intimidate and discipline the others."

A Postcard from Slovakia’s Vietnamese Community

"Even though in these neighborhoods, more Vietnamese are living, they are mostly not recognized by the municipality."

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