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14 January 2015

Stories from 14 January 2015

Saudi Arabia to Erect a 600 Mile “Great Wall” to Fend off ISIS

Last week, two Saudi guards and a general were killed when ISIS suicide bombers attacked the Suweif border post, 80km from Al Nukhayb, Iraq.

Is Syria Ready for TEDx Damascus With Its Free Thinkers Dead, in Jail or Exile?

Innovation can hardly flourish while innovators like Bassel Safadi remained imprisoned, and when the majority of Syrian free thinkers have been killed, detained or forced to leave the country.

The French Media’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Narrative Isn’t for Everyone in France

One schoolteacher pushes back against the French mainstream media's coverage of minority attitudes about the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Kremlin-Owned Internet Search Engine Filters Out ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Results

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Earlier today, Russian Internet users discovered that Sputnik.ru returns almost no image-search results for “Charlie Hebdo” (in Latin script or Cyrillic), whatever one’s “moderation” settings.

‘So Many Kids Lost in Such a Small Place': St. Vincent Mourns Bus Disaster

A bus plunged off a cliff in northern St. Vincent, leaving at least five young people dead as it crashed onto the rocky coastline.

Croatia Makes History With First Woman President, But Her Politics Worry Some Voters

Croatia is deeply divided politically. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović managed a narrow win over incumbent President Ivo Jospović in the runoff in January 2015 with 50.74% of the votes.

Nigerians Blast Government's Response (or Lack Thereof) to Boko Haram's Baga Massacre

Those politicians who have responded to the massacre are busy quibbling over the death toll, which ranges from 150 to 2,000 people. Netizens are furious.

What Snow Can Tell You About Russia's Local Politics

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Russia is notorious for having a weak civil society and an oppressive government, but that reputation isn't equally deserved throughout the country.

Documenting the Struggles of Papuans in Indonesia

The Internet Takes Down Fox News’ ‘Terrorism Expert’ for Saying Birmingham Is a No-go Area for Non-Muslims

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Emerson told the news channel UK city is 'totally Muslim'.