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· May, 2014

Stories about War & Conflict from May, 2014

31 May 2014

“I Can Feel Total Censorship in the Air”: Internet Freedom Evaporates in Thailand

AdvoxThe Bridge

"Freedom of expression is Thailand is at stake...Simply criticising the Council could land one before a military court."

30 May 2014

Rwanda: The Good, the Bad and the Hopeful

Although Rwanda has made great strides in recovering from the 1994 genocide, advocacy groups continue to report human rights violations.

28 May 2014

Thai Coup Selfies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

There is reason to be less worried as long as we see Thai coup selfies on our timelines. Coup selfies provided the latest information about the political situation in Thailand.

27 May 2014

Ukraine War in Real Time

RuNet Echo

Last Friday Ukrainian violence became even more viscerally evident on the Facebook account of one of the cyber-punk, post-state, viral-citizen-armies operating in the region.

Should the Family and Friends of Terrorists in China Be Punished Too?

Some Chinese are calling for the use of “lianzuo”, a form of collective punishment, for acts of terrorism in the wake of the latest attack that left 39 people dead.

25 May 2014

Syrian Dark Humor and the Elections

It is no surprise to see Bashar al-Assad nominate himself for the Syrian presidency in the upcoming elections on June 3. Syria Untold checks out what cartoonists have to say.

23 May 2014

Russia's Hashtag Activism in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Russian activists are capitalizing on #BringBackOurGirls by framing in analogous terms Ukraine's capture of two Russian journalists, hoping for a similar groundswell of awareness and public outrage.

These Egyptians Say No to Mandatory Military Service

On May 15, a group of Egyptian young men and women started an online campaign against military service. Find out why.

Russian Special Forces Blogger Throws in the Towel

22 May 2014

The First Five Hours of Thailand’s 12th Coup

For the 12th time in the past century, the Royal Thai Army has launched another coup in Thailand in a bid to end violence and political conflict in the country.

Cameroon's President Blames Boko Haram for Attacking While Soldiers Are Asleep

On the eve of the Paris summit for security in Nigeria, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram crossed over into Cameroon despite the heavy presence of security forces.

Escape from Ukraine, or Return of the Tomato Terrorist

RuNet Echo

After coming in contact with separatists, Morozov was arrested and accused of being a spy: "I don't hold it against the militia who tortured me in Antracite" he later wrote.

Drawings to Mourn for Self-immolated Tibetans

21 May 2014

In Eastern Ukraine Conspiracies Believe in You

RuNet Echo

Several Russian journalists made connections between Eastern Ukraine separatist leaders and Russian billionaire Konstantin Malofeev.

Video on Murder and Corruption in Trinidad Goes Viral

Vice News produces a damning video about the level of corruption in Trinidad and Tobago, alleging that high-level players involved in international drug trafficking are driving the country's gang wars.

20 May 2014

Only in Thailand: Coup Without a Coup

The Thai army declared martial law across Thailand to solve the country's political crisis but it insisted that there was no coup.

19 May 2014

The Courageous Career of Slain French Photojournalist Camille Lepage

Camille Lepage was killed while covering the conflict in the Central African Republic. As a journalist, she was determined to cover stories in Africa often ignored by western media.

18 May 2014

Anti-China Protests Spread in Vietnam Over Oil Rig Dispute

Workers burned factories, rallies erupted across the country, and traders vowed not to sell Chinese goods after China installed an oil rig ‘inside’ the territorial waters of Vietnam.