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4 July 2015

Stories from 4 July 2015

CNN's Countdown to Greek Bankruptcy Ignites Enraged Reactions

A provocative countdown to the Greek bankruptcy, inspired by CNN, triggered a storm of reactions in the Greek online community.

Tensions Between Government and Opposition Threaten Democracy in Ecuador

While protests and counter-protests continue to be held in Ecuador ahead of Pope Francisco's visit, the very concept of democracy is under siege, writes one analyst.

Steven Salaita Lands Job at American University of Beirut, Talks Black Politics and Palestine Solidarity

After being denied tenure at the University of Illinois for pro-Palestine tweets, Salaita will be the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut.

Police in Russia Might Soon be Allowed to Shoot at Women, Unless They ‘Look Pregnant’

Russian lawmakers want to expand opportunities for the use of firearms with impunity by police officers, allowing them to fire into crowds or at women.

PHOTO: 141 Dead in Indonesia C-130 Plane Crash

Timeline: 14 Activists Detained in Thailand for Protesting Against Junta

The arrest and detention of 14 anti-Junta activists in Thailand has sparked outrage across the country. It also inspired many academics to call for the immediate release of the activists.

Teenagers in Myanmar Are Organizing a Humanitarian Visit to Help 120,000 Residents Displaced by War

"When we heard that there were 120,000 people living as refugees, fighting for mere survival and living on less than 2 cents per day, we had to act."

Iran's Version of The Muppets Makes a Comeback

Kolah Germezi (or "Red Hat") is a beloved Iranian TV program featuring a collection of skits and musical numbers. Its producer says the program officially has 35 million viewers.

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