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10 February 2015

Stories from 10 February 2015

RuNet Watchdog ‘Baffled’ by Twitter's Refusal to Block Kremlin's Opponents

RuNet Echo

Alexandr Zharov, head of Roscomnadzor, told journalists that Twitter "has consistently refused to adhere to the demands of Russian legislation, including those aimed at combatting extremism."

Indonesians Take a Hard Look at Death Penalty Ahead of Drug Trafficking Executions

Indonesian President Joko Widodo denied clemency appeals and stated that the country is dealing with a drug emergency problem.

Armed Serbian Anti-Terrorism Police Bust in on Belgrade's Arts and Performance District

Multiple raids took place throughout Belgrade's Savamala district, which less than 24 hours before was featured in the Guardian's travel section as "Serbia's new creative hub."

Who Killed the Zamalek Football Fans in Egypt if it Wasn't the Police?

Photographs shared by netizens on social media show the police shooting at the spectators, who were crowded behind metal barricades.

Campaigning for a Free West Papua: Perspectives From an Exiled Activist

Global Voices interviews exiled activist Paul Inggamer about his views of his native West Papua and the campaign for independence against the existing Indonesian occupation.

Nepalese Are Finding the Humor in Their Country's Gas Shortage

Liquefied petroleum gas is the second most popular source of energy for cooking and heating in Nepal, but it's hard to come by these days, much to the consumers' frustration.

Palestine Remembers ISIS Captive Kayla Mueller Killed in Raqqa

Mueller was in Palestine from August to September 2010, where she “worked with Palestinians nonviolently resisting the confiscation and demolitions of their homes and lands.”

Turkey Cites National Security as it Cranks Up Internet Controls

Advox

Courts offer citizens occasional protection from Ankara's vicious war on freedom of expression and privacy, so government is looking for laws that bypass them.

Misbehaviour Trumps Murder in Trinidad & Tobago Headlines

After More Than a Century, Argentinian Museum Returns Indigenous Chief's Remains to His People

The remains of Chief Inacayal, who died in 1888, were on display in the museum for years. Now, they are finally back with the Tehuelche indigenous community.

Spain's Alternative Political Parties Are Fluent in Internet

New political parties planning to run in Spain's next elections are taking full advantage of digital tools to reach voters. Headliner Podemos got its start thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.

Trinidad & Tobago: Am Gay; Will Travel

Explore Bangladesh From Your Computer, Thanks to Google Street View

Bangladesh's Google Street View launched February 5. One Facebook user posted his amusement at seeing his lungi, a sarong-type cloth, appear in the image (it was hanging from his balcony).

Japan's Young People Don’t Care About Politics? Not True!

YouthCreate works to increase the number of young people who vote. Founder Kensuke Harada became alarmed by the lack of interest by his fellow youth in Japan's political process.

Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?

In 2012, the globally reported murder rate approached three per week. Growing violence against environmental activists is leading to a search for solutions.

Red Chinese New Year Envelopes Get a Yellow Umbrella Makeover in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy activists have given a twist to the traditional red envelopes, which normally carry seasonal greetings, to support the Umbrella Revolution.

Bombshell Election Rigging Allegations Make #EkitiGate a Trending Topic in Nigeria

#EkitiGate is the name given to a scandal involving audio recordings purported to show how some politicians and soldiers rigged the 2014 governorship elections in Ekiti State, Nigeria.

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