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· April, 2017

Stories about International Relations from April, 2017

26 April 2017

Romania's Anti-Corruption Protests and the Burden of Shame

The Bridge

Though shadowed by a sense of national shame, for a few days Romania was an inspirational place, as people took to the streets and acknowledged the widespread reality of corruption.

How the United States Has Become a Problem for Indians

To learn more about the lives of Indians in Donald Trump's America, Global Voices spoke to two Indian young men about their aborted plans to study in the United States.

Kyrgyz Kickboxer Claims Racism After Publicly Contesting a Loss in Russia

The contest's Russian referee threatened Sharsheyev with deportation as he refused to leave the ring after the loss.

22 April 2017

A House Divided: Ethiopian Runners Separated by Politics Face Off at London Marathon

Feyisa Lelisa and Kenenisa Bekele, two of the world's greatest marathon runners, are both from the same ethnic group. But that is where the similarities stop.

18 April 2017

Kazakhstan's Great Alphabetical Distraction

Kazakhstan's veteran leader suddenly seems to think the country's long-planned transition to a Latin alphabet is very pressing indeed. The country's social media users want to know why.

14 April 2017

War Between Spain and the UK Over Gibraltar? Social Media Says No Way, José!

"Why would we want Gibraltar, if we can't already exit a roundabout driving on the right imagine us on the opposite side!!!"

13 April 2017

The Convenient Uses of Mexico's “Foreign Enemy” Doctrine

The Bridge

"The doctrine, before being imparted to its recipients, came with a dose of shock therapy, plus several months amplifying the panic-ridden discourse in the United States prior to the elections."

12 April 2017

Russian Journalists Say One of NYT's Pulitzer-Winning Stories Was Stolen

RuNet Echo

The New York Times won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for ten articles on Russia. The Russian website Meduza says one of those stories was stolen.

Venezuelan Migrants Face Prejudice and Bureaucracy in Northern Brazil

Economic crisis and food shortages in Venezuela have sparked a wave of migrants into Brazil, which is now struggling to respond and meet humanitarian needs.

China's Latest Step to Root Out Foreign Spies? Cash Rewards for Informants.

But some Chinese are concerned, given that certain "patriotic" circles equate critical speech about China as an act of espionage.

10 April 2017

The Thaw Is Over: The Next Wave of Repression in Belarus

RuNet Echo

The regime in Belarus hasn't changed; it’s just pretending to be democratic to get what it wants.

9 April 2017

Sisi's Visit to the White House Met with Controversial Reactions in Egypt

On the chessboard of Egyptian politics, Sisi's relations with the United States is no small matter. But how are Egyptians reacting?

5 April 2017

The Syrian Regime Is Waging a War of Documents on Syrians

Authorities have withheld or complicated the issuing of death certificates, school diplomas and passports as punishment to Syrians who don't walk the regime line.

4 April 2017

Hungary Fast Tracks Legislation to Boot Out Central European University

On April 4, the Hungarian government adopted an amendment to new legislation on higher education that might bring an end to the Central European University.

3 April 2017

Pre-Vote Shenanigans — And Fake News — Cloud Armenia's General Election

Advox

The build up to #Armvote17 showcased a sample of the online tactics favoured by modern-day vote manipulators.

2 April 2017

Missing Taiwan NGO Worker's Wife Travels to Beijing to Rescue Him

"The [Chinese] government can assign the label "harmful to state interests" to anyone that it does not like."

1 April 2017

Happy April Fool’s Day from the Russian Embassy

RuNet Echo

It's April Fool's Day, and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs brought its A-game.

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