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23 February 2015

Stories from 23 February 2015

Arrival of Yellow Dust Marks Start of Spring Headaches for Japan

Fukuoka in Japan is experiencing its first "yellow dust" day of the season, three months early.

‘Birdman’ Director Puts Mexico Front and Center at Oscars

The "Birdman" director electrified Twitter with his acceptance speech at the Oscars, discussing the Mexican government and the situation of Mexican immigrants in the United States.

The Stale Catch in Croatia's “Fresh Start” Debt Erasure Program

The Bridge

Croatia's government has received praise for its decision to wipe the debt of its poorest citizens. But will this "Fresh Start" really help Croatians?

A Love Letter to Jailed Syrian-Palestinian Bassel Khartabil

The Bridge

As the ongoing strife in Syria fades from international headlines, Leila Nachawati writes an appeal inspired by a love letter to jailed blogger Bassel Safadi written on Valentine's Day.

Iranian Classroom Condemns Anti-Afghan Discrimination With ‘We Are Ashamed’ Campaign

Afghan refugees in Iran often face widespread discrimination and experience racist treatment from Iranians. The #ashamed campaign has more than 20,000 likes on Facebook.

Trinidad & Tobago Law Students Create Anti-Bullying Campaign

Student attorneys from various parts of the Caribbean come together to help eradicate bullying in schools, which they regard as a human rights issue.

The Translation Detail Everyone Missed in the China Internet’s Incredibly Surreal Anthem

It's a Lock In!: Tajikistan's Ruling Party Holds Pre-election Rallies by Force

Mass public participation is not just desirable in Tajik President Emomali Rahmon's heavily-managed democracy, it is mandatory.

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

Advox

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, an icon of the Egyptian revolution, was sentenced to five years in prison today.

Uncertainty Over Saman Naseem's Execution in Iran

Several conflicting reports about Naseem's execution and continued incarceration have circulated online.