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13 October 2017

Russians Are Receiving Some Uncanny Answers From Alisa, Tech Giant Yandex's Siri Competitor

RuNet Echo

"— I want a new iPhone. — What keeps you from buying one? — I don’t have money. — Steal it...No one will know."

12 October 2017

Comical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan's State Visit to Serbia

The warm welcome of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a state visit this week incited many satirical comments on nationalism and media freedoms.

‘The Eurovision Baby Has Arrived': Macedonian Contestant Jana Burceska Gives Birth to Daughter

The then-unmarried Burceska had revealed she was pregnant in her Eurovision introductory video. The move was controversial in her home country Macedonia, which has become quite conservative in recent decades.

3 October 2017

Russians Get Territorial After Chinese Newspaper Tweets Photos of the Remote Altay Region

RuNet Echo

China Daily regularly tweets promotional photographs from Chinese regions, but this time it caused a backlash from Russian users who thought China was claiming parts of Russia as its own.

Serbian Groups Stage Blackout to Protest Media Intimidation By Tax Authority

Global Voices Advocacy

The shuttering of a Serbian newspaper led to physical protest and an online blackout with 150 participating websites.

19 September 2017

German Anti-Immigrant Party Targets Russian-German Voters With a Xenophobic Ad

RuNet Echo

The ad was highly criticized. One German woman wrote, "...because I'm all for fighting for our country, I’m considering suing you and your 'party' for incitement of ethnic hatred..."

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

18 September 2017

In Ukraine, Fears of ‘Technological Terrorism’ Cause Free Expression to Decline

Global Voices Advocacy

State of Internet freedom in Ukraine is a reflection of challenges brought to free speech and independent reporting under the conflict settings, explains legal expert Olga Kyryliuk.

16 September 2017

Vending Machines Around the World that Japanese People Find Surprising

Japan is often considered to have some of the world's most unusual vending machines, but there are a few in other countries giving them a run for their money.

Estonian President Warns of ‘Self-Occupation,’ Prompting Praise and Political Spin

Estonian president's remarks against close-minded nationalism received different political interpretations abroad, obscuring her focus on the real challenges -- technological change, including the globalization of workforce.

8 September 2017

Muslims in the Former Soviet Union Rally Behind Myanmar's Besieged Rohingya

RuNet Echo

"They are experiencing what we cannot even imagine! #Rohingyawearewithyou"

6 September 2017

Macedonia's Former Ruling Party Accused of Inflaming Xenophobia Ahead of Local Elections

The anti-migrant campaign incites fear among the local population which is believed to be intended to mobilize support for the dwindling political base of the former ruling party.

1 September 2017

Russia's Social Inequality Is in the Spotlight After an Ex-Senator Gets High, Shoots Up Hotel Room

RuNet Echo

"Last night an ex-senator Jabrailov shot up a hotel room. He was charged with HOOLIGANISM. However, you are an extremist for liking [a social media post]."

30 August 2017

Macedonian ‘Moby-Dick’ Translator Ognen Čemerski, 42, Was a Meticulous Linguist and Engaged Educator

Čemerski passed away on August 25 of cancer. Beyond literature, he was remembered as someone who made thoughtful commentary about the tense state of affairs in Macedonia.

29 August 2017

Russia's Blind Footballers Overcome Underfunding and Doping Scrutiny to Become European Champions

The victory comes a year after the team was disqualified from the Paralympic Games due to the ban levied as part of the wider doping scandal.

25 August 2017

Macedonian Citizen Fined 400 Euro For Insulting Turkish President Erdoğan on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

A Macedonian court ordered a person to pay 400 euros for writing "ironical statements and insulted a leader of a foreign country."

24 August 2017

Diplomatic Row Between Serbia and Macedonia Thwarted, No War in Sight

As diplomatic tensions between Serbia and Macedonia defuse, citizens reaffirm their common goal to live normal lives without threats of war.

Blaming Social Media Comments, a Russian Tycoon Announces He's Done With Macedonian Sports

"All over the world fans insult and badmouth club presidents, yet no president has left a club because of that."

22 August 2017

Serbia and Macedonia at War? The Headlines Say So, But Citizens Disagree

While Serbian politicians and pro-government media step up war-mongering rhetoric against Macedonia, the common citizens on both sides of the border refuse to get drawn into the fray.

15 August 2017

A Viral Rap Battle Has Everyone in Russia—Including Business Journalists and Politicians—Talking

RuNet Echo

Even opposition leader Alexey Navalny weighed in, saying despite the profanity, the raps are "100 times more cultural than any comedy show or song contest you see on state television."

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