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24 November 2014

Stories from 24 November 2014

Venezuela: Draft Law Would Criminalize Online Protest, Remove Checks on Surveillance

Advox

Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.

Another Celebrity Wants to Help Africa, And He's No ‘Band Aid’

When it comes to helping Africa, there is Bob Geldof's approach with "Band Aid," and then there is Akon's.

Experiences After Working at a Youth Hostel

Colombians Push for Peace After Kidnapping Derails FARC Talks

"It is difficult to achieve peace when bullets are flying."

Victims Reveal Culture of Rape and Silence at Brazil's Top University

Two female students accuse University of São Paulo's medical college of pressuring them to not report the incidents to protect the school's reputation.

In Putin's Russia, Hell Is Other Liberals

RuNet Echo

The speed and vigor with which Russia’s intelligentsia turned on Alexey Venediktov in such a short time would be nothing short of amazing, were it anything unusual in Moscow.

Strong Earthquake in Japan's Nagano Injures Dozens, Topples Homes

Forty-one people were injured during the magnitude 6.8 temblor, but no deaths were reported. Twitter users snapped photos of public transportation gone dark and disheveled supermarkets.

Young Independent Candidates Are Shaking Up Taiwan's Local Elections

Many young activists are throwing their name into the pool of candidates for local village chiefs in an effort to combat the "rotten" culture of community politics.

‘Humour Is a Sharp Weapon Challenging an Authoritarian Regime’

Chinese political cartoonist Biantailajiao, who now lives in Japan after being labeled a traitor in mainland press, says dictators have no sense of humour.

Three Cases that Show Social Networks Are Helping Hold Mozambique's Government Accountable

Kyrgyzstanis Skeptical about Government Biometric Data Drive

Over two decades' worth of state intrigue and corruption has forced Kyrgyz citizens to be cynical about anything the government wants them to do, especially if it involves submitting fingerprints.