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25 April 2017

Russian Authorities Want Easy Access to Online Dating Logs

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Do you hope to find love in Russia? If so, and you’re planning to use the Internet to meet people, the pursuit could be less private than you maybe hoped.

One Small Town's Referendum on Gold Mining Is a Big Victory for Citizen Participation in Macedonia

It was the first successful referendum since Macedonia gained independence 26 years ago.

‘Lalades,’ the Local Tulips That Signal Spring on Greece's Chios Island

The local Chios term for tulip, lalades, speaks to the flower's historical migration.

How Alexey Navalny Abandoned Russian Nationalism

RuNet Echo

Alexey Navalny had to reinvent himself to take charge of the Russian opposition, but he may have given up his populist edge over Vladimir Putin, along the way.

21 April 2017

Marine Le Pen's Comments on the Vel d'Hiv Roundup During WWII Reawaken France's Painful Past

"The victims of #veldhiv have been pulled from eternal rest to serve as a tool in the electoral plot of infamous politicians without brains or morals."

20 April 2017

Critics Say Albanian Parliament Is Trying to Amnesty Crooked Politicians, Under Pretext of Judicial Reform

Following protests, Albania's president has rejected legislation that could have spared the hides of many corrupt politicians. But it could still become law, regardless.

18 April 2017

The Kremlin Is Reportedly Planning a Major Mudslinging Campaign Against Putin's Biggest Critic

RuNet Echo

The Kremlin has reportedly decided to unleash a major mudslinging campaign against opposition leader Alexey Navalny, after his anti-corruption efforts shaved 10 points of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s approval rating.

17 April 2017

Pick Your Poison? Russian Orthodoxy or Banishment From Social Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

16 April 2017

Urbanisation in Chechnya: Why Do People Leave Their Ancestral Villages?

Chechnya's farms have fallen fallow as villagers enthusiastically swap the hard work and abundance of the countryside for occasional labour and handouts in the city.

15 April 2017

Chinese-French Millennials Protest Police Shooting—and the ‘Model Minority’ Myth

After the lethal shooting of Liu Shaoyo, a Chinese man in Paris, an overlooked community in France finds its voice.

14 April 2017

War Between Spain and the UK Over Gibraltar? Social Media Says No Way, José!

"Why would we want Gibraltar, if we can't already exit a roundabout driving on the right imagine us on the opposite side!!!"

Can Russia Protect Its Journalists From the ‘Homegrown ISIS’ in Chechnya?

RuNet Echo

Alexey Venediktov, one of Russia's most prominent journalists, says the Russian government appears to have allowed a “homegrown ISIS” to emerge under its nose in Chechnya.

Protests in Italy Save Hundreds of Ancient Trees on the Chopping Block for Gas Pipeline Construction

The olive trees are not only essential to many people's livelihoods, but also beloved by local residents.

Meet the Activist Trying to Bring Ukraine's Villages Online

RuNet EchoRising Voices

“I don’t really like Europe. In Europe, 99 percent of things are finished; here, there is work to be done."

13 April 2017

The French May Be Casual about Extramarital Sex, But They Aren't about Relationships

The Bridge

According to studies, the French may simply be more realistic about the challenges of long-term monogamy.

12 April 2017

Russian Journalists Say One of NYT's Pulitzer-Winning Stories Was Stolen

RuNet Echo

The New York Times won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting for ten articles on Russia. The Russian website Meduza says one of those stories was stolen.

You Can Conquer Digital Worlds in Scottish Gaelic, Thanks to Hard-Working Localizers

Rising Voices

GunChleoc has a passion for translating video games into Scottish Gaelic. Her story suggests an engaging new model of bringing high-quality digital content to languages of few speakers.

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