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21 July 2017

Kyrgyzstan Blocks Archive.org on ‘Extremism’ Grounds

Global Voices Advocacy

Russia also moved to block the website and its popular 'Wayback Machine' two years ago.

Luxury Lifestyle of the Congolese President's Entourage Attracts Attention of French Investigators

"Between 2008 and 2011, several tens of millions of euros from the Congolese public purse are thought to have passed through offshore companies."

11 July 2017

A Syrian Artist Reimagines the World's Powerful Leaders as Vulnerable Refugees

"Those leaders were partly responsible for the displacement of Syrians. Maybe they will feel what it feels like to be vulnerable."

8 July 2017

Teodorín N. O. Mangue, Son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, Faces Justice in Paris

The defendant did not deign to travel to Paris and was represented by three lawyers there. Their strategy consisted in arguing that he benefits from diplomatic immunity.

29 June 2017

Cardinal George Pell, Vatican's Third Highest-Ranking Official, Charged With Sexual Assault Offences in Australia

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has indicated that Pell will return to Australia to try to clear his name.

28 June 2017

A Czech Nuclear Plant Held a Swimsuit Contest to Choose Its Next Female Intern

The move quickly faced accusations of sexism: "What a joke! Do we make men pose in swim suits to get hired as interns?"

27 June 2017

Satirical Cartoonists Take Aim at Bulgaria's Media Distribution ‘Monopoly’

"When holding this newspaper is a reason for jealousy. There is expression, but no freedom. #Prass-Press"

A Win for Citizen Activism After UNESCO Asks Macedonia to Stop All Construction Projects on Lake Ohrid

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is the oldest lake in the European continent but the previous Macedonian government wanted the natural heritage area to be converted into a mega resort.

26 June 2017

Is the End Near for Telegram in Russia?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Blocking Telegram in Russia would surely decrease its popularity, but there is no guarantee that it will help stifle communication among violent extremist groups.

25 June 2017

Romania Seeks to Draw Lines Around Notions of Family

The Bridge

But as shown by the increasing numbers of children with parents working abroad, the lines are already being redrawn by economic pressures.

24 June 2017

Transgender Woman Speaks on Chechnya's Persecutions and Life Pre-Kadyrov

"The man ran away. The women called an ambulance. I learned at the hospital that I had two stab wounds in my right lung."

How Balkan Egyptians Are Asserting Their Identity and Fighting Discrimination in Macedonia

"Our community is just a small part of the Balkan cultural mosaic, but nevertheless it provides important contribution to the overall European diversity."

23 June 2017

The 1944 Thiaroye Massacre in Senegal, a Shameful Episode of the French Colonial Period in Africa

"In 1944, African soldiers, liberators of France, were massacred by... France itself. These African servicemen had committed only one crime: that of being African."

ISIS Attempts to Exploit Balkan War Wounds With Localized Propaganda

The region has a painful legacy of war that has divided people along ethnic and religious lines.

22 June 2017

Nigerians Celebrate the Election of Seven British-Nigerians to the UK Parliament

While the federal government of Nigerians is congratulating the new MPs, some Nigerians say the government should not appropriate the electoral victory of the British-Nigerians.

19 June 2017

‘Who Has the Most Selfies?’ Council of Bloggers Meets for First Time in Russian Parliament

RuNet Echo

"I have more than ten thousand [selfies]," firebrand politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky joked. "Who has more than me? No one!"

16 June 2017

Black, Female, Spanish, and a Police Officer

"Both people outside the field and colleagues think it’s pretty unusual to see a black police officer. I’ve actually been asked many times if I’m originally from Spain."

14 June 2017

How Much Money Did Macedonian Railways Make From the 2015-2016 Refugee Crisis?

"There were days when over 10,000 human beings would cross the border, and everyone (except small children) had to buy the tickets...Where are the money gone, you f*cking thieves?!"

12 June 2017

Hungary's LEGO Love Affair Began with an Animated Cartoon

Move over, Lego Movie. These short films are literally blockbusters.

11 June 2017

‘Bad Prime Minister’ Phrase Censored From Text in Greek Language Exam

An accident, or political interference?

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