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17 November 2014

Stories from 17 November 2014

Stencil Art ‘Terrorises the Powers That Be’ in South Africa

Tokolos-Stencil, a radical anonymous art collective, uses disruptive art to call attention to the deadly Marikana mine massacre, inequality and South Africa's apartheid past.

Activists Discover Evidence of St. Petersburg's River of Poop

RuNet Echo

A group of ecologists dropped nine miniaturized, waterproofed GPS-tracking units down a toilet in a St. Petersburg suburb and mapped the devices’ signals. The results were terrifying.

Poetry Project Bridges Language and Cultural Barriers between Arabic and Hebrew Speakers in Israel

Jamaican Sexism Flexes Its Muscles as Gender Gaffes Stir Public Outrage

Most recently, the misogynistic ideas of some of Jamaica's leading men, in both the public and private sectors, has entered the public spotlight.

Turkish President's Columbus Comments Trigger “Mosque on the Moon” Mockery

Turkish President Recep Erdoğan has been challenging Columbus' discovery of America and promising to build a mosque in Cuba. This is perfect fodder for the country's satirists.

There's a Dark Side to Alibaba's Massive Profits in China

Alibaba made $9.3 billion on China's Single's Day, a popular online shopping day. But much of its success is due to its cooperation with the Chinese government in punishing dissidents.

Kyrgyzstan's First President Dreams of Returning to His Homeland. He Should Keep Dreaming.

Kyrgyzstan's 70-year-old former president Askar Akaev, overthrown in 2005, is among the most gifted academics in his country's history. He was also unquestionably corrupt. Should he be allowed home?

Video: Imprisoned Swazi Lawyer Speaks Through Human Rights Activists