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· January, 2014

Stories about Language from January, 2014

So Long to Russia's Only Independent TV Station?

The only opposition television station operating today in Russia is now threatened with losing access to cable broadcasting, after a scandalous poll about the WWII Siege of Leningrad.

“Real Patriots Choose Patriotic Names” in Tajikistan

In Tajikistan, a person's name is no longer a private matter. Officials insist that a name is an indication of the degree of patriotism of its bearer.

Xinjiang Cuisine: 5 Must-Eat Foods

On Love, Politics and the Francophone Culture

France seemed to shrug at the news of French President François Hollande's affair with actress Julie Gayet. Are other French-speaking countries as relaxed in matters of love?

Most Annoying Emoticons and Expressions in Chinese Online Communication

Russia's Foreign Ministry Opines on “Queers”

While the translation is labelled as "unofficial," Russia watchers were somewhat taken aback that a homophobic slur could end up on a government website.

How Online Platforms Are Working to Save Angola's Languages

There are an estimated 37 languages and 50 dialects in Angola, and almost 8.5 million Angolans only speak national languages that aren't featured in any education or social programs.

#ShamelesslyHaitian on Haiti's Independence Day

Haitians celebrate their culture with a creative hashtag on Haiti's independence day. Here's an interview with Bertin Louis who started the hashtag.

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