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February, 2015

Stories from February, 2015

25 February 2015

‘Ministry of Truth’ Recruits Ukrainians for ‘Internet Army’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian Ministry of Information Policy has launched a website to recruit Ukrainian social media users for a government-run "Internet Army."

Trinidad & Tobago Has ‘Carnival Mentality’. Is That Necessarily a Bad Thing?

Carnival mentality refers to the carefree attitude on display at Trinidad and Tobago's biggest party. Some argue the term should represent industriousness -- Carnival takes a lot of work.

Disabilities Are No Obstacle to These Spirited Cricketers in Nepal

Be it spinal injury or visual impairment, these disabilities won't ever stop dozens of spirited hearts from relishing the fervour of the World Cup.

South Korea's Young Workers Earn ‘Passion Wages’, Meaning Hardly Anything at All

The buzzword "passion wage" reflects harsh conditions young South Korean people face nowadays in the workforce -- low or no pay to pursue their passion.

Here Is What You Can Do in Kyiv if You Have One Dollar

RuNet Echo

What can a dollar buy you in Kyiv, Ukraine? Quite a few things, actually! An enterprising social media user collected the most interesting ideas in a blog post.

24 February 2015

Cameroon Bloggers Rally Behind #StopBokoHaram Campaign

"My words, my pen, and the ease with which I express my feelings, choices and ideas in my writings, are my weapons."

The Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence in Reggaeton Lyrics: Phase 2

The campaign recently released new images, posted on its Facebook page, that—very graphically—showcase the violence described in the lyrics of several very popular songs that are often performed in public.

The Dress Rehearsal for the Belarusian Crackdown

RuNet EchoAdvox

"Belaruskaya Pravda" chief editor Yuri Dubina says the recent crackdown in Belarus on independent online media is only "the dress rehearsal" before the presidential election this November.

Read First-Hand Accounts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings, Translated to English

August 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Tanzanian Schools Will Teach Students in Swahili, Not English

President Jakaya Kikwete launched a new education system in Tanzania last week that, among other changes, will introduce Swahili as the language of instruction in schools.

Unlawful Deals by 5 Biggest Ebola Contractors in Sierra Leone

Indigenous Tweets Highlight International Mother Language Day in Australia

Rio's Carnival Cozied Up to Equatorial Guinea's Brutal Dictator. But Why is Everyone Surprised?

Outrage followed revelations that the winning samba school, whose parade theme was Equatorial Guinea, reportedly received 3.5 million euros from the country's President Obiang.

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