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13 July 2015

Stories from 13 July 2015

Bahrain Releases Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Only to Send Another Activist Back to Jail

Advox

Bahrain released from prison rights activist Nabeel Rajab tonight. It also renewed the detention of political leader Ibrahim Sharif for 15 days. Is the government playing chess with political dissidents?

The Internet Laughs at Spanish President Rajoy's Ignorance About His Country's Debt

Mariano Rajoy's blunders when talking about Spain's foreign debt have made netizens wonder how much he really knows about the reality of the country he governs.

Ethiopians React to Bloggers’ Release With Compassion, Criticism

Advox

Supporters of the Zone9 blogging collective are expressing both joy and bitterness at the release of some -- but not all -- of the bloggers from prison last week.

Forget a ‘Grexit’. Twitter Users Want Germany's Finance Minister to Go Instead

"20 years from now our kids will ask us why we let it happen and didn't remove this bunch of corrupted technocrats. #Schaublexit"

Journalists Scrape Together What News They Can as Iran Talks Drag on

One journalist has been covering the talks so long, "I give directions to people and tourists; have a regular cafe; a regular gym; have joined the city's public bike system..."

The Risky Roller Coaster Ride That Is China's Stock Market

"I was hoping to use the money I earn from the stock market to fly to the US to see my friends. Now I won’t be going."

Open-Source Information Reveals Pro-Kremlin Web Campaign

RuNet Echo

Publicly available information from Google Analytics and other sources shows connections between a number of pro-Russian and pro-Kremlin websites, but offers little indication as to who might be behind them.

Nepal Closes a National Park to Give Mating Red Pandas Some Privacy

The red panda’s breeding season starts from mid-June, but the shy creature is easily scared by noises. Red pandas are listed as an endangered species.

Malaysian Prime Minister’s Corruption Scandal Inspires Movie Memes

The hashtag #1MDBMovies appeared after a Wall Street Journal report alleged that 700 million US dollars was transferred into the bank accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Journalist Asteris Masouras Hopes Solidarity Will Save Greece

In this interview, Global Voices contributor Asteris Masouras analyzes the Greek crisis, its roots and its possible ramifications.

BAKE, an Organization That's Helping Kenya's Blogging Community Grow

The association has trained over 1,500 people on blogging, social media and online community management. One day, they hope to "help set up blogging associations in all the African countries."

A 13-Year-Old Boy's Horrific Death Becomes Viral Facebook Video in Bangladesh

"A 13 yr old boy was beaten to death in 4 stealing. his murderers videoed & posted it on FB. I'm so ashamed to be a Bangladeshi today"

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