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· January, 2018

Stories about International Relations from January, 2018

Russians are Baffled by the United States Treasury's Latest Sanctions List

Russia’s political elite registered a collective smirk at the seemingly toothless report.

Iran Suspends Thousands of Drug-Related Death Sentences After Years of Human Rights Advocacy

"Ninety percent of the prisoners on death row for drug crimes were just unfortunate mules carrying drugs to pay for their daughter’s dowry or an operation for their mother."

Rejected by Australia and Condemned to Detention in Indonesia, Refugees Protest Life in Limbo

"Australian NGOs have denounced this 'Indonesian Solution', arguing that their government is paying Jakarta “hundreds of millions of dollars to detain and warehouse asylum seekers."

#JusticeForAsifa: A Young Girl's Murder Shocks Jammu And Kashmir Residents — But Not the National Media

Nationally, reactions to the incident have been sporadic, with many Indians refraining from commenting or staging protests against the heinous crime.

What is More Convincing for World Cup 2018 Fans? Russia's Edgy New Tourism Logo or Their Governments’ Dire Warnings?

With the World Cup fast approaching, will Russia live up to its new “The Whole World Within Russia” tourism brand campaign?

To Achieve Freedom for Iran and the Arab Nations, the Region Must Unite

"United, we can rebuild the region and save all our peoples before the Iranian regime drags us all over the precipice into a chasm of sectarian bloodletting and chaos."

Is Taiwan a Country? What About Tibet? China Says They Aren't—and Wants Foreign Companies to Fall in Line

Multinational corporations have faced pressure to apologize for listing Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Tibet as countries on their websites, even if in reality it's a common practice.

Japanese Media Struggles to Translate Trump's “Shithole”

"Fascinating that media outlets find it easier to print "shithole" than 'racist' or 'racism'."

Africans ‘School’ US President on Good Governance After ‘Shithole’ Comment Sparks Global Outrage

"Yes, Africa [has] problems. We don't dispute it. But name calling & outright disrespect by the very nation that has stripped off its resources for years is totally crossing it."

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

Singapore Authorities Ban Documentary on Palestinian Teen Activists for ‘Skewed Narrative’

"...did you even consider that this documentary...exists to provide a balance, a corrective to the kinds of propaganda that Israel state television and the US-centric media produce..."

Angolans Left Snickering After Post-Launch Glitch in Country's First Satellite

"Launching a satellite into space while on the ground there is no medicine, food, quality education, healthcare worthy of that name...seems to me a terrible irrationality"

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