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· February, 2016

Stories about War & Conflict from February, 2016

29 February 2016

Ukraine's Eurovision 2016 Entry Is About Stalin’s Repressions. Russia Isn't Thrilled.

RuNet Echo

Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision 2016 music contest is a song about the deportation of the Crimean Tatars by the Stalin regime. So why are Russian officials upset?

Colombia Edges Closer to Signing Peace Agreement

The final and hopefully definitive phase of a peace process is underway and the Colombian government is preparing for post-conflict reconciliation with its new plan “Peace for Colombia.”

28 February 2016

Sexual Violence a Crime Against Humanity, Guatemalan Court Rules in Historic Verdict

In a historic ruling, a Guatemala court sentences former military men for murder, rape and enslavement of indigenous women, categorizing the offenses as crimes against humanity.

26 February 2016

Want to Arouse a Peruvian's Passions? Just Talk about Terrorism—or Food

The Bridge

"The only other matter that reliably inflames the passions of Peruvians are the attempts by our southern neighbors to claim the Pisco Sour or the Suspiro Limeño as their own."

25 February 2016

Pressure Like Nowhere Else in the World: Journalism in Afghanistan

"Freedom means having voice. @TOLOnews & @TOLO_TV gave us a voice and a #FreedomOfExpression. We stand with MOBY & condemn the attack."

Why Are People Calling John Kerry a “Thug” Online?

As the Geneva 3 Conference kicked off on January 29, tens of thousands of tweets used the hashtag #KerryTheThug to condemn US Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on Syria.

23 February 2016

Aqeela Asifi: A Teacher in Exile Continues the Struggle

Imagine teaching for 23 years in a small Afghan refugee camp, and then, one day, learning that Stephen Hawking himself has lauded you and your work

Indian Tribal Activist Soni Sori, ‘an Inconvenient Woman Who Speaks Inconvenient Truths’, Attacked

"Attack on Soni Sori is another attempt to muzzle the voice of dissent. One might disagree with one's views but this is no way to deal with."

22 February 2016

Anabel Flores Becomes Yet Another Journalist From Mexico’s Veracruz to Be Killed

The murder of Anabel Flores adds to the distressing statistics which prove that Mexico is the most dangerous country in Latin America to practice journalism.

Hard Labor for Woman Who Reposted Online Criticism of Russia's Actions in Ukraine

RuNet EchoAdvox

A Russian court found Vologzheninova guilty of "discrediting the political order" and of "inciting enmity" by reposting or liking online material critical of Russia’s actions in Crimea and in Donbas.

18 February 2016

Violence Claims 49 Lives in an Overcrowded, Underguarded Mexican Prison

Forty percent over capacity, short on guards and supplies, and awash in violence. This is life in many of Mexico's prisons.

The Racist Portrayal of the Philippines in Historical Cartoons as US Troops Invaded

The cartoons portrayed Filipinos as uncivilized people who needed to be educated by the invading United States army.

16 February 2016

Burundi's Independent Media Aren't Going Down Without a Fight

"Why do you harass the only independent media left to us?"

How Syrian Activists in Raqqa Are Resisting ISIS

A group of citizen journalists are documenting life under ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Find out how Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently is resisting the militant group

14 February 2016

Is Tajikistan's President ‘Preparing Himself a Parachute’ with Constitutional Changes?

Things are getting bumpy in Tajikistan, which means it is time to hold a referendum.

13 February 2016

Salvadoran Women Respond to Violence with Community Service, Music, and Individual Efforts

Communal work initiatives created by women for women, musical education in female juvenile prisons, and individual actions have been some of the ways in which Salvadoran women have combated violence.

12 February 2016

When a Syrian Town Has So Many Foreign Fighters That English and German Are Common Languages

Manbij is populated by so many foreign fighters that English and German are now commonly spoken languages in the small town.

6 February 2016

These Speed Drawing Videos Promote Tolerance and Women Empowerment in Indonesia

"With the spread of extremist doctrines targeting vulnerable youth, the need for alternative messages to violent intolerance that celebrate Indonesia’s spirit of pluralism and unity in diversity is increasingly urgent."

5 February 2016

Afghan Five-Year-Old Murtaza Ready to Meet Argentine Football Star Messi

"We do not have any personal desires but what we expect is opportunities for our children to have a better future."

4 February 2016

Colorized Photos Show Manila in Ruins After the Second World War

"100,000 Filipinos perished, government buildings lay in ruins—and Manila was Pearl of the Orient no more."

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