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February, 2015

Stories from February, 2015

26 February 2015

Venezuela's Military Can Now Legally Use Firearms Against Demonstrators

A new measure in Venezuela that authorizes the military to use firearms against demonstrators drew condemnation from the opposition, human rights activists and citizens.

Banksy Visits Gaza, Calls on World to Act

Famous British street artist Banksy went undercover in Gaza and released a series of thought-provoking graffiti as well as a mini documentary, calling on the world to act.

Why Did Egyptians Tie and Behead a Dog as Onlookers Watched?

News of the public "slaughtering" of a dog in Cairo as onlookers watched has sent shock waves around the world, with many questioning how people have become this violent.

Police Raid the Lesbians Who Trolled Russia's Leading Anti-Gay Politician

RuNet Echo

Being gay is dangerous business in Russia, but it’s especially risky when you troll the country’s leading opponent of gay rights.

Did Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung Newspaper Let Advertisers Dictate Its Content?

Former contributor Sebastian Heiser accused Süddeutsche Zeitung on his blog of letting advertisers influence editorial content, saying he witnessed it happening firsthand when he worked on the services supplement desk.

ISIS Destroys 3,000-Year-Old Sculptures at a Museum in Mosul, Iraq

Armed with sledgehammers, drills and pickaxes, militants belonging to the ISIS are videotaped destroying 3,000-year-old ancient artefacts in a museum in Mosul, in Northern Iraq.

How Did Palm Oil Become Such a Problem—and What Can We Do About It?

Production of palm oil is devastating for the environment. Solutions are complex, but they exist.

The Political Apartheid Against Women in Venezuela

Lawrence Maxwell, the Chilean Man Who Came Face to Face With Mexican Police Brutality

Lawrence Maxwell was in downtown Mexico City to take part in a peaceful demonstration in support of the missing Ayotzinapa students when he was arrested and threatened by Mexican police.

Your Social Media Photos Could Help Protect Whale Sharks and Other Species

Open source software solutions like Wildbook allow scientists to tag and photo-identify individual animals through photos and videos posted on platforms like Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Vimeo.

Australians Shake Up Internet With Indigenous #MotherLanguage Tweets

Rising Voices

Australians joined people from around the world for International Mother Language Day by tweeting in indigenous languages.

Caribbean Law Students Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

"We believed the subject of human trafficking had not received the level of public appreciation which it deserved and it was our duty to bring awareness to it."

25 February 2015

Russian Lawmakers Propose Banning Women Under 40 from Smoking

RuNet Echo

“Female smoking,” the legislation’s explanatory note says, “harms the body’s reproductive system, causing irreparable damage to the genetic stock of the nation.”

ISIS Burns Mosul Library in Iraq, Destroys Thousands of Valuable Manuscripts and Books

While reports on the attack on Mosul Library have just made the headlines, UNESCO says attacks on libraries, museums and universities have been going on for several months.

Belarus Bans Tor and Other Anonymizers

RuNet EchoAdvox

Belarus is banning anonymizers, typically used to circumvent government censorship and reach online resources banned inside the country, including many of the opposition websites.

Peru’s Mosques: Pearls of Latin America’s Muslim Immigrants

Global Voices takes a look to two mosques in Peru, in Southern Tacna and the capital, Lima.

Lunar New Year Envelopes Get a Rainbow Twist for Gay Acceptance in Hong Kong

One activist group handed out the traditional envelopes, but instead of money they contained real-life stories of the challenges that gay and lesbian people face during the holiday.

Facebook Campaign Garners Iranian Journalist Masih Alinejad Women's Rights Award

Remembering Ukraine's ‘Heavenly Hundred’

"It's dangerous and frightening, and today one must be [in the east], like one had to be in Kyiv a year ago. Maidan has moved. It's now at the frontline."

The ‘Spy Cables’ Reveal Inconvenient Truths about Israel's Mossad

Al Jazeera and The Guardian newspaper have released leaks from spy agencies across the world. Here are the first few stories pertaining to Israel's Mossad.

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