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21 April 2017

This Is What ‘Racist Glasses’ Look Like in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russian animator Alexey Yurevich has produced his own version of Rudy Mancuso’s 2016 viral hit, “Racist Glasses,” using the same premise with a uniquely Russian spin.

17 April 2017

Pick Your Poison? Russian Orthodoxy or Banishment From Social Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”

7 April 2017

Jamaican Prime Minister Apologizes to Rastafarian Community for 1963 Killings

On April 12, 1963, eight Rastafarians were killed in a state-sanctioned attack; over 100 more were rounded up, beaten and humiliated by having their dreadlocks forcibly cut.

4 April 2017

Meet Russia’s Warrior-Writer and Bloodthirsty Priest

RuNet Echo

In the month of March, Zakhar Prilepin and Vsevolod Chaplin treated Russian Internet users to some extraordinary displays of what they'd no doubt call patriotism.

27 March 2017

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

23 March 2017

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

13 March 2017

‘Riot Cops in a Kindergarten’: Russia's War on Religious Minorities Escalates

RuNet Echo

As a new law designed to fight terrorism takes effect in Russia, missionary work by minority Christian groups is becoming a gamble with the police.

12 March 2017

Reckless Diplomacy: Turkey-Netherlands #TulipCrisis Is Scary Viewing for Minorities in Europe

A rally, a crackdown and a diplomatic standoff that stands to benefit nationalist politicians in both countries, but almost no-one else.

Indonesians Gleefully Welcome Saudi King, But Activists Are Wary of Riyadh's Influence

"Saudi learns pluralism from Indonesia. We learn Wahhabism from Saudi. We're even," wrote a Twitter user during the visit.

27 February 2017

Obama, Japan's Fiery Start to Spring

Spectacular images of an annual fiery festival in Obama, Japan, that marks the start of spring.

26 February 2017

St. Petersburg Stands up for St. Isaac's Cathedral

RuNet Echo

Despite a variation of the blood libel against protest organizers and pressure from authorities to stand down, St. Petersburg activists continue to stand up for St. Isaac's Cathedral.

23 February 2017

Visit by France's Marine Le Pen Leaves Many Lebanese Unimpressed

Marine Le Pen was granted the honor of a State Visit in Lebanon. Here's how she spent it.

19 February 2017

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

Islamist Groups Demand Removal of Sculpture in Front of Supreme Court in Bangladesh

Authorities have less than a week to respond to a request that top officials and social media users alike are arguing is unreasonable.

Uproar After a Syrian Judge Says Taking a Second Wife Could Fix ‘Spinsterhood’

"[The decreasing number of men] exacerbates the problem and negatively affects young women and families, given the social norms that stigmatize unmarried women, divorcees, or even widows."

16 February 2017

Here Are Some of the Southeast Asian Artifacts in the Met Museum's Public Domain Collection

"Since our audience is really the three billion internet-connected individuals around the world, we need to think big about how to reach these viewers..."

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.

7 February 2017

‘Tambourine Army’ Gathers Recruits as Jamaicans’ Anger Over Child Sexual Abuse Grows

"I want a different kind of Jamaica for women and girls. And I hope the #TambourineArmy will create that different Jamaica that is needed."

From Vietnam to the US, the Zodiac Is an Important Part of Vietnamese Culture

"...when you meet Vietnamese elders, they don’t ask how old you are as much a lot of the time as your year you were born, your zodiac year..."

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