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June, 2015

Stories from June, 2015

30 June 2015

Ecuador's Sarayaku People Are Preserving Their Identity Through Video

Rising Voices

Sarayaku youth in Ecuador are using new technologies to preserve their cultural identity and ancestral legends.

Storipot: A News Aggregator for Ugandan Blogs

How a Young Kenyan Doctor Fell in Love With Medicine

Kenyan Blogger Defamation Case Highlights the Need for Education

Government and Muslim Brotherhood Trade Blame After Car Bomb Death of Egypt's Public Prosecutor

Egypt top prosecutor was assassinated in a car bomb making activists fear a state crackdown on freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism.

Japan's ‘Too Handsome’ Gorilla Is a Social Media Sensation

Some outside Japan wrote the story off as another “Weird Japan” piece, but that didn't sit well with everyone.

29 June 2015

Bahrain Takes Security Measures Following ISIS Threat

Bahrain is on alert following a threat by ISIS that its Shia population are its next target following attacks on Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Hashtags and User Networks in the Putin-Poroshenko Twitter Chatter

RuNet Echo

Network graphs reveal the associations between individual Twitter users in Russia and Ukraine and the hashtags they include in their tweets about presidents Putin and Poroshenko.

Israel Intercepts International Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla

"It is disappointing that the Israeli government chose to continue the absolutely fruitless policy of 'no tolerance', meaning it will continue to enforce an inhumane and illegal collective punishment..."

Can Social Media Create a Lasting Impact in Uganda?

"It beats my understanding when I sometimes visit the IT ministry website and it is down. I don’t get it."

Thousands Take to Rome's Streets to Echo Pope Francis’ Call for Climate Action

"...all of humanity needs to stand united in addressing the crisis of our times. Climate change is an issue for everyone with a moral conscience.”

28 June 2015

Gaza-Bound Flotilla III Expected to Dock in the Palestinian Enclave at Dawn; Israel Threatens to Stop it

The Freedom Flotilla lll is about 170 miles away from Gaza and is expected to dock at dawn. Will Israel attack the boats? The next few hours will be decisive.

Tunisians Point Fingers at Government Security Failures After Resort Attack

In the aftermath of a beach resort attack that left 39 people dead, Tunisians are criticizing their government's security failures.

Kuwait Identifies a Saudi Man as Suicide Bomber of the Shia Mosque

Kuwait identifies suicide bomber to be Saudi, and arrests his driver following an ISIS attack on a Shia mosque that killed 27 people and injured more than 200.

How Russia’s Biggest Homophobe Joined an LGBT Social Community

RuNet Echo

One of Russia's most popular satirical online communities has used the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage to troll St. Petersburg's most infamous homophobic politician.

Same-Sex Couples in Mexico Win Another Victory Against Discrimination

"In this sense, the First Chamber reaffirmed that there exists no rational justification to deny access to marriage to homosexual couples..."

A ‘Peace Community’ Tries Nonviolent Resistance in Colombia

As Colombian peace talks over an end to decades-old civil violence between government and rebels proceed, some communities have claimed neutral status for themselves in the name of peace.

India's Justice System Is in a Sorry, Sorry State

There is slow, painfully slow and then there is India's judiciary.

Is Bahrain Prepared for an ISIS Terror Attack?

Predictions that Bahrain could be next on ISIS’s list of mosques to be attacked are being circulated on social media. Faten Bushehri raises the red flag.

The Internet, a Staging Post for Protests in Ecuador, Is Under Threat

Participants in recent protests in Ecuador accuse government of illegally signal jamming communication between protestors. Peer-to-peer apps may be the solution.

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