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21 February 2017

The Strange Death of Russia's Closest Alliance

RuNet Echo

Almost three years ago, President Alexander Lukashenko suddenly realized that his country's weak sense of national identity was a serious problem. It's been odd times for Belarus ever since.

In Georgia, Concern Mounts as Tussle over Key Broadcaster Reaches Endgame

"#Media is a natural ally of society. It can show flaws! Never make mistakes already made by your opponents. Support #Rustavi2"

Hong Kong Police and Pro-Beijing Groups Protest After Court Convicts Officers of Assaulting Activist

"Police misconduct is not frightening as these are single cases. What's frightening is police wrongdoing can be justified by politics."

Unsurprisingly, Saudi Arabia's Politicians and Media Love Trump's Tough Talk on Iran

Some, however, warned that escalating tensions could end badly: "We live in the same region with Iran, any war on Iran means we all going to be devastated".

20 February 2017

Twitter Walks a Fine Line in Russia

RuNet Echo

Why does Twitter comply with Kremlin requests to censor Tweets inside Russia? It's complicated.

Free Expression Under Fire as Venezuela Takes CNN Spanish Off the Air

Global Voices Advocacy

CNN broadcasts will now be freely available in Venezuela on YouTube — but what does it matter in the country with one of the slowest Internet connections in the region?

19 February 2017

Fleeing the Shells of War, Kachin Civilians Struggle Against Freezing Cold in North Myanmar

Almost 2,000 fled their villages after recent skirmishes between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar army

Thousands Joined ‘Walk for Life’ to Protest Extrajudicial Killings and Revival of Death Penalty in the Philippines

"If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We should match it with non-violence."

18 February 2017

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Global Voices Advocacy

State-sponsored Iranian hackers targetting civil human rights users have a new virus targeting Apple computers.

17 February 2017

Divisions and Danger Loom Ahead of Turkey's Upcoming Referendum

On social media, hundreds of "No" Facebook pages have popped up, with humour deployed in the face of strident state propaganda.

Belgrade Mayor’s Ex-Wife Reignites Political Scandal With Bombshell Interview

The ex-wife of Belgrade's mayor gave a bombshell interview this week, making waves across Serbia, implicating her former husband in a political firestorm.

Award-Winning Hong Kong Political Cartoonist Refuses Self-Censorship

"You speculate that the government may sue the publisher, and so decide to censor the work. The whole incident goes against my principles."

15 February 2017

Battle of the Hashtags: Mapping the Online Conversation Surrounding Mexico's Gas Prices

Global Voices Advocacy

In the wake of protests following Mexico's hike in gas prices, social media has become a battlefield over the propagation of false stories.

Kenyan Government Allegedly Pays Social Media Influencers to Promote “GreedyDoctors” Hashtag

Global Voices Advocacy

As allegations of social media manipulation surfaced, seven Kenyan Doctor’s Union officials were jailed for failing to call off an ongoing strike.

14 February 2017

Marcus Garvey and President Obama's Missed Opportunity

The Bridge

By refusing to pardon or highlight the accomplishments of Marcus Garvey during his tenure, President Obama missed the opportunity for "honest discussion about race and the erasure of black heroes."

13 February 2017

Egypt's Religious Reforms Bring Women Preachers to the Pulpit

The Egyptian government is looking to women preachers as part of its campaign to reform religious discourse, but many are unhappy with the move.

Bulgaria's New President Vetoes Law That Would Have ‘Opened a Door to Corruption’

"The extension of the time limit to indefinite is a way to privatize services, rights and functions, which society guarantees to its citizens and therefore they are not for sale!"

11 February 2017

‘The War Against Drugs Creates a War for Drugs’

"I think what we have done to Latin America has been terrible to the utmost extreme, but it can come to an end. The alternative exists," says journalist Johann Hari.

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