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· October, 2014

Stories about War & Conflict from October, 2014

31 October 2014

Tensions High as Holy Site Reopens Following Targeted Assassination Attempt of Jewish Activist in Jerusalem

The targeted assassination attempt of Rabbi Yehuda Glick is being called a "dangerous escalation" in Israeli-Palestinian relations, leaving many concerned the region is on the brink of a third intifada.

The Space Race Is Over, But Russian Schadenfreude at American Rocket Troubles Soars

RuNet Echo

In Russia's post-Crimea era, almost any event seems capable of sparking spasms of patriotic fervor. Thanks to the legacy of the Cold War, space travel is a particularly sensitive flashpoint.

30 October 2014

With Homes and Infrastructure Destroyed, a Tough Winter Lies Ahead for Gaza

The people of Gaza are doing what they can to prepare for the winter in the wake of war, which left an estimated 100,000 homeless.

29 October 2014

Aleksandr Makarenko: Digital Quartermaster for Ukraine's Army

RuNet Echo

The Ukrainian army and pro-Kyiv forces, underfunded by the state, have relied heavily on support from ordinary Ukrainians like Aleksandr Makarenko, who has raised over $75,000 on social media.

Mexican University Students Go On Strike Over Ayotzinapa Tragedy

"They were taken alive, we want them back alive!" The student community in Mexico shows their solidarity for the missing students of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, which remains unresolved.

27 October 2014

Russian and Ukrainian Musicians Caught Between Conflict, Bitter Rhetoric and Bans

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict unfolds, political borders turn into cultural borders, and artists on both sides suffer the consequences.

Russia Step Ups Censorship of ISIS Social Media Content

RuNet EchoAdvox

The move to forbid ISIS’s media content joins a trend of growing Internet surveillance and censorship in Russia, but the feasibility of weakening ISIS by targeting social media is questionable.

22 October 2014

Venezuela: Twitter Users Detained After Socialist Party Deputy is Slain

Advox

Numerous Twitter users have been detained by Venezuelan police in recent weeks, all on accusations linking them to the assassination of Socialist Party Deputy Robert Serra.

21 October 2014

Russian Opposition Leaders Support Ukraine, But Crimea Is Not Coming Back

RuNet Echo

Russia’s leading opposition figures Alexey Navalny and Mikhail Khodorkovsky have a message for Ukrainians: Crimea is gone, and Ukraine is not getting it back.

20 October 2014

Barbados Muslims Reject ISIS, but Still Face Anti-Islam Bigotry Online

Many prominent Islamic scholars have condemned ISIS, but that unfortunately hasn't stopped some from conflating the militant group with the religion of Islam, like popular blog Barbados Free Press did.

Mexicans Demand President Peña Nieto Resign With Trending Twitter Hashtag

A spate of state violence, including the case of the missing Ayotzinapa students, has prompted Mexicans to demand the resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto on Twitter under #DemandoTuRenunciaEPN.

19 October 2014

Kashmir Witnesses ‘Worst Violence in a Decade’ Between India and Pakistan

The latest unrest in Kashmir has been called the region's “worst in a decade," and many fear it could destroy the 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan altogether.

17 October 2014

Citizen Journalist Kidnapped and Killed in Mexico for Reporting on Organized Crime

Advox

María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio volunteered as a contributor with Valor por Tamaulipas (Courage for Tamaulipas), a citizen media platform that allows users to file anonymous reports on violence.

16 October 2014

Will Ayotzinapa Case Become Mexico's Political Firestorm or Will It Be Forgotten?

If a mass grave turns out to contain Ayotzinapa's missing students, the tension now in the air might be enough to cause a large-scale political firestorm.

14 October 2014

Vladimir Putin and Russian Nationalists Don't Get Along. Here's Why.

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo speaks to Egor Prosvirnin, the chief editor of the website "Sputnik & Pogrom," about Vladimir Putin and nationalism in Russia today.

13 October 2014

Death By Firing Squad in Eastern Ukraine Over a Cartoon?

RuNet Echo

The rebel "culture minister" allegedly demands that a court sentence a writer to death by firing squad, and also asks to be awarded 50,000 rubles in compensation for moral damages.

9 October 2014

Bahrain Joins US Air Strikes, but Still Tortures Americans and Silences ISIS Critics

Bahrain, along with four other Arab countries, has joined the coalition against the militant group ISIS, as it silences its own critics.

7 October 2014

Facebook Weighs In on the Ukraine-Russia Takedown Dispute

RuNet EchoAdvox

RuNet Echo talks with Facebook about content takedowns, community standards, and the social media war in Ukraine, where users on all sides resort to desperate measures.

Iranians protest in solidarity with Kobane

With Ayotzinapa Attack, Have Violence and Corruption Reached a Tipping Point in Mexico?

Authorities have discovered a mass grave, and some believe the bodies were those of student teachers missing since their bus was attacked by Mexican police and members of organized crime.