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17 August 2015

Stories from 17 August 2015

The Bold and the Uniformed: How New Ukrainian Police Are Taking Over Social Media

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian capital Kyiv has recently revamped its police force in an attempt to improve law enforcement's reputation, and the fresh new officers are taking social media by storm.

Raising Flags and Hopes

The Bridge

"We are witnessing a new era in Cuba. . . for the first time in my life there isn’t a specific enemy we're expected to fight at all costs."

Human Rights Protections Weaken as Tunisia Fights Terror

Advox

Despite the PM's reassurance that "people can talk or write whatever they like," authorities have been cracking down on speech.

The Hilarious Mystery Surrounding Items Forgotten on Japanese Trains

A Matome Naver user has compiled a list of perplexing items that Twitter users have found inside train cars, including a brass tea kettle, a bonsai tree and a tomato.

Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars

Advox

The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.

‘Las Patronas': Making Mexico’s ‘Train of Death’ a More Humane Place

How a petition on Change.org pushed a family improving the lives of thousands of U.S-bound migrants towards a nomination at the 2015 Princess of Asturias awards.

Russian Censors Falsify Evidence Against Newspaper to Uphold Ban on Political Coverage

RuNet EchoAdvox

Last weekend, in an appeals case by one newspaper against the government, state censors finally revealed specifically why they banned several news stories last year about a protest in Siberia.

Kyrgyz Rappers Trash Bribe-Takers in Hip-Hop News Segment

"There are no clean people on this old stage."

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