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July, 2015

Stories from July, 2015

28 July 2015

Russian Censors Threaten to Shut Down Business Website for Writing About Bitcoin

RuNet EchoAdvox

Officials today told a Russian business-news website that it must delete or edit within the next three days an article it published about bitcoins.

Russia to Web Anonymizers: Shut Up and Go Away

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russian censors are now officially adding anonymizing websites to their blacklist registry, on the grounds they enable access to extremist content that is already blocked in Russia.

#HackingTeam Leaks: Lebanon’s Cybercrime Bureau Exploited Angry Birds to Surveil Citizens’ Mobile Devices

Advox

Lebanon's Cybercrime Bureau seems to be conducting surveillance outside the boundaries of local law — and using Hacking Team software to do it.

Destroying a Mountain: Mexican President Orders Expropriation of Native Lands for Freeway Project

A presidential decree was enough to expropriate almost 100 acres of land from the indigenous Otomi community for the construction of a new highway.

Conspiracy Theory Blaming China's Stock Market Plunge on Foreign Forces Finds Online Support

Lin Zuoming, chairman of a state-owned aerospace and defense company called China Aviation Industry Corp., echoed the theory of foreign manipulation "aimed at breaking people’s faith in government."

Taiwanese High School Students Arrested After Protesting New Textbook Guidelines

Thirty high-school students and three reporters were arrested for entering the Ministry of Education to protest against new textbook guidelines that tell Taiwan's history from a greater Chinese perspective.

27 July 2015

How To Miss A Coup d'Etat

The Bridge

The July 27, 1990 attempted coup is Trinidad and Tobago's "Where were you when JFK was shot?" moment. But what if you weren't in the country at the time?

Saudi Woman Dies After Her Daughter Is Rejected From University

A grief-struck Saudi mother literally dropped dead at The University of Tabuk campus which refused to admit her daughter into its medical school. Netizens react to the news with alarm.

For a Glimpse of Plan Central America's Future, Look to Colombia

Replicating Plan Colombia's failed approach, a Washington aid program for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador combines neoliberal economic reforms with military aid.

Unintentionally Amusing Illustrations Found in Japanese Textbooks

"Thanks to these illustrations, I'm unable to concentrate while studying, haha."

Learn 40 Aboriginal Hand Signs Used to Communicate Across Western Australia’s Desert

Rising Voices

A participatory video project in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert is teaching about hand signs used by Aboriginal women elders while teaching the Kukatja language.

Scroll Through Madagascar History Via Vintage Photographs

Greece Crisis Propelling Some Ethnic Greeks Back to Their Homeland on a Turkish Island

Greeks and Turks share a love and pride for the beautiful island called Gökçeada by the former and Imbros by the latter.

Afghans Nail #GrowingUpAfghan on Twitter

"My dad just asked me to make him tea when it's 84 degrees outside #GrowingUpAfghan."

26 July 2015

Uganda Ponders a Sustainable Future as MDGs Become SDGs

Uganda has made clear progress in meeting its development targets in some areas, and almost none in others.

Malaysia Blocks News Website and Suspends Two Local Papers for Reporting on Government Corruption

"Our report is based on evidence corroborated by documents that include bank transfers and statements. How can the work we have done be deemed as a political conspiracy?"

How to Explore Japan By Train Without Ever Leaving Home

There are thousands of YouTube videos that can let you explore almost every part of Japan by train from your own computer.

Reality TV's New Stars Are Tanzanian Farmers

"Female Food Heroes" is a Tanzanian TV show produced by Oxfam that aims to empower and educate rural women who feed most of the families in the African nation.

Taiwan Will Most Likely Have a Woman President in 2016

"It is a breakthrough that the two main political parties endorsed women candidates."

25 July 2015

Videos of Trinidad Jailbreak Show Prisoners Made Confident Exit from Downtown Prison

As somebody quipped on Facebook, it looked like "more of a jail release than a jailbreak".