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4 February 2015

Stories from 4 February 2015

Stop the Music: Spotify Cancels Launch in Russia

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Spotify is leaving Russia in response to the economic crisis, the political situation, and the draconian Internet laws.

US-Cuba Policy Experts Discuss ‘Deep Differences’ on Human Rights

The debate on human rights in Cuba implies a thorough review of the model of democracy in this country.

World Leaders Mourn Saudi Oil Monarch as ‘Strong Advocate for Women’

World leaders expressed their condolences following the death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Some even went as far as calling him a "strong advocate for women."

Male University Students in Taiwan Wear Skirts to Support Transgender Community

"I cannot help but feel sad. What makes us be so overcome with negative feelings when we see a minority who is different from us?"

After 29 Years in Power, Ugandan President Museveni Won't Leave Office

"So its official. There is no democracy in Uganda. It's about Museveni and his Army."

Who Do We Lose With Internet Censorship and Control?

The Bridge

"Through Internet censorship and control we lose an ability to be our own secret human – the one we are when nobody is around."

Being a Member of Parliament in Uganda is a Lucrative Business

Massive Fire Hits Treasured Moscow Library

RuNet Echo

According to radio station Echo of Moscow, roughly 15 percent of the library's total collection, including rare Slavic texts dating back to the 16th century, is no more.

Trinidad & Tobago's ‘Pass-the-Buck’ Politics

Her attorney general faces obstruction-of-justice charges, but the prime minister has laid the blame for her government's woes elsewhere.

Ex-Nigerian Military Dictator Running for President Dodges TV Debate

The main opposition candidate for Nigeria's presidential election, former military dictator and retired General Muhammadu Buhari, recently declined participating in a presidential debate.

Mumbai Newspaper Editor Fired, Arrested for Republishing Charlie Hebdo Cartoon

Shirin Dalvi is accused of hurting religious sentiments. She says printing the cartoon was an honest mistake, but that no one is listening to her side of the story.

Sinai Residents Pushed Out of Their Homes, as Egyptian Forces Fight “Terrorism”

The State of Sinai, a militant group previously called Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis (ABM) before announcing its allegiance to ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attacks, which left over 25 dead.

The Collapse of Media Freedom in Bulgaria

Global Voices Advocacy

Bulgaria has slid in international press freedom rankings, and corruption and lack of transparency plague the country's media sector.

Natural Hair Gets Barbados School in a Twist

It's nothing new, but netizens cannot understand why natural black hairstyles are deemed so offensive to authority figures in the Caribbean. Could race, rank and personal grooming be so intertwined?

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