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English soccer authorities suspend foreign star for a ‘racist’ remark, but it was nothing of the kind

‘Applied without regard for social, cultural and linguistic context, antiracism efforts risk becoming a caricature of themselves, driving a wedge between people of different cultures rather than bringing them together...

After grisly murder, women hold protest in Baku

The demonstration was given impetus by the brutal murder of a 32-year-old woman.

Research firm uncovers a pro-Huawei influence campaign

While Graphika's research findings are insufficient to suggest that Huawei was behind the operation, its employees were key amplifiers of the comments produced by the fake clusters.

Serbia expels US neo-Nazi after investigative website Bellingcat outed his location

Queens, New York native Robert Rondo bragged about helping local neo-Nazis restore Serbian nationalist graffiti that had been defaced by anti-fascist activists.

Capturing the mood on both sides of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Donbas

A new survey finds that Donbas citizens hold little trust in state institutions and are divided on the future of the region, but strive for economic stability.

Galindo: COVID-19 unearths ghosts of Spain’s ‘dirty war’

'Some of the reactions to Rodríguez Galindo’s death are proof that segments of Spanish society have a lot of work to do to face their demons.'

New Russian law demands self-censorship from social media platforms

Experts believe that the most likely reason for the new self-censorship legislation is the state's desire to curtail the growing discontent and protest activity in the country.

Security concerns and legal ambiguities threaten the future of Ukraine's ‘State in a Smartphone’

On the anniversary of its launch, the revolutionary e-government app Diia boasts 6 million users, but seems to fall short when it comes to security standards and privacy.

Citizens protest against impunity for online sexual predators in North Macedonia

Public dissatisfaction with the authorities' inaction exploded on the anniversary of the unveiling of a scandal involving a Telegram group for sexual predators called Javna Soba (Public Room).

Farewell to Japanese sculptor who became a local hero in Prilep, North Macedonia

'During his short lifetime, and even shorter career, Ryota Koshika became one of the most prominent classic sculptors working in marble from Japan.'

Some Western observers share Central Asia's misgivings about Alexey Navalny

"Western policy-makers even turn a blind eye to the fact that Navalny’s foreign and security policies run directly counter to Western objectives. Maybe they think it’s worth the gamble."

Alexey Navalny's views on migrants run counter to his pro-democracy discourse

Alexey Navalny has emerged as a rallying figure for liberal Russians and a symbol of Russian opposition, but his image among Central Asians – including Russia's migrant workers – is...

Hungary's new health care law could upset expectant mothers’ birth plans

Unless decrees regulating prenatal care and childbirth are passed, pregnant women might be unable to deliver their babies with their obstetrician of choice.

Queer and single French women face uphill legal battle to have biological children

The French Senate voted against permitting fertility treatments for queer women and single women.

Famed Serbian film director arrested after former students accuse him of rape

The scandal has captured the Balkans' social media conversation in recent weeks.

Hypocrisy vs history debate follows death of former Yugoslav actress Mira Furlan

The legendary Babylon 5 actress was hounded from her home in Zagreb in 1991 because she opposed chauvinistic nationalism; she rebuilt her life and career from scratch in the USA.

Russian protesters rally in support of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny

Unusually large numbers of Russian citizens are protesting against the imprisonment of opposition leader Alexey Navalny - on the street and on TikTok.

Dutch climate activists block Climate Ministry entrance to demand release of “Shell Papers”

The protest was a call for government transparency regarding the use of public funds and the state's connections to Shell

Want to learn to curse like a Russian? There's an Instagram account for that

A Russian journalist and a Canadian comics artist have teamed up to create an online Russian-English dictionary celebrating the richness of Russian profanity on Instagram.

Remembering the Mexican parody songs of the former Yugoslavia

A selection of the greatest hits of the 1960s-1980s YuMex wave.

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