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9 April 2014

Stories from 9 April 2014

Jailed Iranian Blogger's Letter Speaks of Torture

The blogger known as Siamak Mehr writes an open letter from a small cell with 40 inmates. He is serving a 4-year sentence for writing a blog.

Analyzing Election Results in El Salvador

On the blog on World Policy website, author Jamie Stark analyzes the March 9, 2014 election results: A recount confirmed a thin margin for the governing left-leaning [Farabundo Martí National...

Court Annuls “Mega-Commission” Findings Against Ex-President Alan García

The megacomisión has been working since 2011; former President Alan García has pointed out that its goal is to get him annulled electorally for the next presidential elections in 2016.

Are Economic Sanctions Effective Against Rogue Rulers?

Economic sanctions are often proposed to penalize countries guilty of bad government. But do they actually help bring about good government?

Japan Makes Public Transportation More Stroller-Friendly for Parents

Traveling with a baby stroller on Japan's crowded public transportation can make for an uncomfortable juggling act. New standardized rules aim to make it easier for parents.

Project Uses Mobile Phones to Encourage Reading

Lauri writes about a project in South Africa, FunDza Literacy Trust, that takes advantage of mobile phone technology to encourage reading among kids: What I find lovely, though, is when...

A 80 Year-long Wait: Niger Gets its First Train Station

On April 7, Niger inaugurated in the capital Niamey its first train station ever [fr]. The authorities already projected the construction of the train station 80 years ago but the project...

PHOTOS: Picnicking Under Japan's Cherry Blossoms

"Hanami", as the activity of flower viewing is called in Japanese, is in full bloom now that cherry blossom season has arrived.

Macedonian President's Interview Blunders Leave Macedonians Laughing

A series of gaffes in a televised interview by Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov have provoked widespread discussion among Macedonian social media users as presidential elections approach.

France, the Czech Republic and Greece Under Scrutiny for Their Treatment of Roma Community

  On International Romani Day (April 8) the French branch of Amnesty International wrote a statement entitled “Facing a spiral of violence, the Roma of Europe are demanding justice and protection”....

The Kidnapping Industry Takes Hold in Cameroon

The Matango Club blog reflects upon the kidnapping of two italian priests and a canadian nun [fr] on April 4, 2014 in Northern Cameroon:  Pour l’histoire, les kidnappings de ce genre ne...

Russian Internet Hipsters Are Out For Blood

A cautionary tale about the dangers of ill-conceived Facebook status updates, or perhaps about the growing threat of RuNet's epistemic closure.

Cambodia's Angkor Wat Now on Google Street View

We can now explore the ancient city of Angkor Wat in Cambodia through Google Street View. This video highlights some of the stunning temples of Angkor Wat.

Video Shows How the U.S. Dropped 2.5 Million Tons of Bombs on Laos

Mother Jones uploaded a video which simulates the 600 bombing missions conducted by the United States in Laos between 1965 to 1973 during the Vietnam War era.

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