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19 July 2013

Stories from 19 July 2013

Online Gambling No Longer Accessible from Lebanon?

Gambling sites have been blocked in Lebanon, a dangerous slippery slope.

Public Safety in Venezuela: ‘Safe Homeland’ to the Rescue?

A new security plan promises to solve the public safety problem in Venezuela, but the participation of the military generates doubts and mistrust.

Iran: Campaign Against a Mobile Phone Network Operator

Kyrgyzstan's President Accuses Britain of “Dirty Lies”

Kyrgyz president Almas Atambayev slammed the British government for "hosting" the son of the country's ousted dictator in a Guardian interview. Kyrgyz netizens weigh the wisdom of his outburst.

Privileges Granted to Ex-Presidents in Madagascar

Pakistani Journalist Takes on Taliban Militant for Malala

As a Taliban militant writes an open letter to Malala, urging her to return home and continue her education, a well-respected Pakistani journalist responds with advising him against picking a...

Gay Uzbekistan: Unknown Singer Stands for an Alternative Lifestyle

A mysterious musician in drag recently hit YouTube with a song about the sweetness of forbidden tea, reminding the world that Uzbeks, too, can be gay.

Sixty Killed During Fighting in Nzérékoré, Guinea

Saudi Women Banned From Attending Public Trials

Even the wife and mother of Umar Al-Saeed, a member of Saudi Arabia's leading human rights organisation, were forbidden from attending his trial.

Saudi Activist Slapped With Sudden Travel Ban at Airport

Saudi activist and journalist Iman Al-Qahtani was denied the right to leave Saudi Arabia as punishment for her activism and support for reformers in the absolute monarchy.

The Terrifying Potential of a Post-Navalny Russia

RuNet Echo

On the eve of being sentenced to a five-year term in a penal colony, Alexey Navalny blogged as irreverently as ever.

Residents Oppose Coal Project in Southern Philippine City

Coal plant could also undermine Davao City’s reputation as Southeast Asia’s first smoke-free city.

Chinese Court's Bizarre Anti-Sexual Abuse Poster

China Law Professor: Raping Bargirl Does Less Harm

Experience of Being Black in China

China: Crackdown on Citizen Movement Activists

Blockbuster Film ‘Tiny Times’ Reflects China's Generational Conflict

China's older generation critics are blasting the 'materialistic' Tiny Times, a luxury brand-heavy drama about four young women who pursue love and success.

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