Stories from 6 August 2013
Snowden's decision to hitch his wagon to Putin's makes opposition and human rights activists uneasy, while his status as a defected "spy" alienates many of Putin's supporters.
When a man sets himself on fire in protest, no one accuses him of harming the movement he self-immolated for. Why does FEMEN face those accusations?
Like in nearby Turkey and Serbia, the protest that seemed to revolve around a few trees became something much more.
Dictators fear the soft power that can transform people’s mind, which is why they target artists and intellectuals. Syrian musician Malek Jandali speaks out
Iranians using the hashtag #AhmadiByeBye are saying good riddance to a divisive and dysfunctional presidency.
Lawmakers and citizens have been debating the government's plan to decriminalize the controlled sale and production of marijuana for more than a year.
Charged with establishing an unlicensed association and possessing illegal books, Mohamed el-Bjadi was released from a Saudi prison today. The Saudi Twittersphere rejoices.
Roser Tarragó had displayed the Catalan separatist flag and a picture wearing the Catalan team suit instead of the Spanish one on her account.
Nadéra Bouazza explains what being “tchippée” [fr] means for french speaking black communities. Tchip is the sound one makes when he/she disapproves of the behavior/action of someone else (roughly similar to the “shaking my head” internet slang). The “Tchip” sound is used across most black communities and has become an internet meme:
The ruling comes as the party faced mounting criticism for its opposition to Bangladesh's independence and its top members implicated in war crimes.