Stories from 14 July 2015
Australian Artist Jailed in UAE For Posting “Bad Words” on Facebook
An Australian artist found herself thrown into an Abu Dhabi prison and deported for posting a photograph of a car blocking a disabled parking spot.
Arrests of Sunni Extremists in Bahrain Go Unnoticed
Bahraini authorities have arrested several ISIS members in the kingdom amid a media blackout. ISIS supporters take to Twitter to threaten the government.
The Unbearable Heaviness of American Student Debt
In the "land of opportunity" a university education is beyond the reach of many of its citizens.
In Sweeping Effort to Spy on Civil Society, Macedonia Broke Its Own Privacy Laws
"When such a government wiretaps you, it means that you are on the right track," says NGO worker Xhabir Deralla.
Three Issues That Undermine Chile's Once Popular President
How will President Michelle Bachelet weather the current discontent with her presidency, and can she effectively deal with the corruption that threatens her ability to govern?
The Consequences of India’s Lack of Toilets Go Beyond Hygiene
Open defecation leads to harassment among adolescent girls and women, and the country's discriminatory caste system means "the untouchables" are made to clean up waste in some areas.
Disappeared Juvenile Iranian-Kurdish Activist Resurfaces Months After Scheduled Execution
Saman Naseem, a juvenile Kurdish activist who went through a five month period of disappearance since his scheduled execution in February was able to call his relatives from prison this past weekend, according to Amnesty International. The day before he was due to be executed, he was transferred to an unknown...
The Qurghonteppa Escape, Aka the Shawshank Redemption with a Tajik Twist
After an inmate escapes in a car driven by a penitentiary chief from the Tajik president's hometown, netizens salute the policeman that refused to play ball.
Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Finishes in Vienna
"Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope."
This Invention by Burkinabe and Burundian Student Scientists Could Save Thousands from Malaria
Two students, Moctar Dembele and Gerard Niyondiko, might have just made a major contribution to reducing the morbidity of one of the deadliest diseases in Africa.
Zambia's Crippling Energy Crisis Is Changing Life for Everyone. And Not for the Better.
A near-nationwide power outage hit Zambia earlier this year, leading to drastic cutbacks in the country's electricity supply. A new "load-shedding" scheme is now testing consumers and employers alike.
Bangladesh's Rich Iftar Tradition in 12 Spectacular Photos
The streets in Bangladesh's capital are turning into open buffets for iftar, the sunset meal during the Islamic month of fasting.
The German Voices on the Greek Crisis You Aren't Hearing
Within German online communities anti-austerity voices -- that align themselves with the Greek people -- are loud and clear.