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11 February 2016

Hilarious Animated History of Japan Gets Rave Reviews—Including From Japanese

Bill Wurtz's compelling video history of Japan has gone viral, collecting millions of views in just over one week.

Local Trinidad & Tobago Mayor Sparks Outrage After Victim-Blaming in Masquerader's Death

Did the mayor of Port of Spain just imply that women's behaviour was inextricably linked to their safety? That's how the majority of netizens heard it -- and they're angry.

Incidents of Violence Spoil Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

Violence by band security and the discovery of a dead masquerader have put a dark cloud over Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2016.

The Ugliness of Counterterrorism at France’s Borders

A Guinean blogger shares her experience at the hands of French border police.

Netizen Report: The EU Wrestles With Facebook Over Privacy

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10 February 2016

After Revealing Workplace Sexual Harassment, an Iranian Newscaster Says It's ‘Time to Break Free’

Sheen Shirani has reportedly fled the country after posting evidence on Facebook that her bosses sexually harassed her. The case highlights the precariousness of women's roles in Iran's professional settings.

River Communities in Mexico Still Don't Trust Their Drinking Water Following a Mining Spill

The populations affected by the worst environmental disaster in the history of Mexico obtained an important victory after a judge ordered new studies due to the risk of contaminated water.

Chinese Authorities Pressured a Bangladesh Art Summit Into Censoring a Tibet Exhibit

"The underlying threat to this message is: If you do not comply, we will cut economic ties or otherwise make it difficult for you."

Viewers Complain China’s Spring Festival TV Gala Was Way Too Political This Year

"The New Year's gala this year is awful, I feel like I’ve just watched a daily news broadcast but in gala form."

The Power of Social Media in Uganda's 2016 Elections

"Freedom of expression comes with responsibility to it. There are instances of irresponsible reporting and commenting on social media."

9 February 2016

Classrooms Without Teachers Spread in Southern Venezuela

Although they love their profession, hundreds of teachers in Gran Sabana, Venezuela, have left their classrooms to find more affordable pay in other industries.

8 February 2016

For Mainland Chinese, Taiwan's Earthquake Relief Efforts Stand in Stark Contrast to Their Own

"So concrete, transparent and efficient."

Unbelievable: Saudi Arabia's Vice Police Arrests a “Female” Mascot

Saudi Arabia's religious police arrested a "female" mascot.

A Costa Rican Political Party's ‘Incendiary’ Ad Didn't Seem to Help Them at the Polls

"That advertisement could seem to us idiotic... but these little Costa Rican army and far-right political groups are symptoms."

7 February 2016

Will Egyptian Doctors Vote in Favor of a Nationwide Strike Next Friday?

Egyptian doctors are threatening a nationwide strike if an investigation is not launched after colleagues in a teaching hospital were assaulted by policemen. Netizens back doctors in their demands.

Broken Is the Road of Political Promises in Trinidad & Tobago

An opening ceremony for a children's hospital that was never actually opened to the public. Public funds used despite a government-to-government arrangement. A collapsed access road. What next?

A Young Pakistani Woman Hopes Her Soul-Searching Motorcycle Trip Will Inspire Others

Zenith Irfan describes herself as "a 21-year-old Capricorn on an epic motorcycle journey amongst the terrains of Pakistan with nothing but her free-hearted soul."

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