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November, 2015

Stories from November, 2015

26 November 2015

Two Russian Lawmakers Want to Ban Homosexuality in Public. This Is How They'd Do It.

RuNet Echo

Many expected officials to strike down a 2013 law banning "gay propaganda," but they didn't. A new proposal, meanwhile, is an even more glaring affront to Russians' fundamental rights.

Singaporeans Can Now Legally Own and Read ‘Fanny Hill’, but Playboy Is Still Banned

The government lifted the ban for 240 publications but 17 titles remain prohibited for being obscene or contrary to public interest.

Commonwealth Youth Demand That Leaders Stop Talking and Act

The Commonwealth youth leaders meeting in Malta want their governments to walk the talk.

Ahmadi Muslims Once Again Become a Target for Violence in Pakistan

"We bleat about the West callously turning back refugees while we sit in abject silence at continued Ahmadi persecution in Pakistan."

‘If There Is One Thing the Angolan Government Is Scared of, It Is People’

Read part two of an interview with Laurinda Gouveia, who is accused of inciting rebellion against the Angolan government for participating in a book group.

25 November 2015

Iranian Cartoonist Who Drew Sadness of Paris Attacks Jailed

It's not the first time Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari has been a target for arrest.

Chinese Netizens Have Their Own Version of Thanksgiving: Fried Rice With Egg Day

"Sixty-five years ago, a plate of fried rice with egg changed the fate of China. We would have become North Korea without this dish (although the two are becoming alike)."

With Messaging Apps Still Banned, Bangladeshis Turn to Tor (and Twitter)

Advox

It is not clear whether the government has blocked the Facebook portal or banned the use of Facebook altogether.

Pot Isn’t Legal Yet in Mexico, But a Landmark Supreme Court Decision Has Opened the Door

Debate over the legalization of marijuana goes all the way to Mexico's Supreme Court.

Welcome to the #StandwithRussia Movement

RuNet Echo

Russian Internet users are getting quite inventive about conveying to Turkey how they feel about an attack on a Sukhoi Su-24 jet earlier this week.

An Interview With Laurinda Gouveia, a Young Woman Charged With Conspiring Against the Angolan Government

"Even today, physically, I bear physical evidence of this beating. And, obviously, my way of looking at these men is not the same as it was before..."

The Place to Be for African Web Activism Will Be Dakar, Senegal From November 26-28

On November 26, Senegalese and Guinean bloggers will launch a league of African bloggers and cyber-activists in Dakar known as Africtivistes.

24 November 2015

How the Ruling Oligarchy Imperils Japanese Democracy

How committed is Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to Japan's national defense, and what does that mean for the country's Constitution?

As Toxic Mud Ravages Brazil's ‘Sweet River’, People's Trust in Government Sours

"I feel an enormous sadness, a profound anger and unspeakable shame to live in a such negligent and irresponsible country."

If You Want to Know What #1in5Muslims Thinks, Don't Ask UK Newspaper The Sun

The British tabloid inspired the hilarious hashtag after twisting the results of an already dubious telephone poll into the Islamaphobic headline: "1 in 5 Brit Muslims' sympathy for jihadis".

‘Charlie Hebdo’ Tweets Are Now Banned Throughout Russia

RuNet Echo

A municipal court in Chechnya has banned the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's Twitter account. In accordance with Russian federal law, the ban is effective nationwide.

How Manila Became a ‘Walking Dead’ City During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit

Leaders from 21 nations arrived in Manila to attend an economic summit. As part of security measure, major roads were closed and flights were cancelled, which inconvenienced thousands of residents.

New Ukrainian Police Banned from Using Russian Social Networks

RuNet Echo

VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, the top Russian social network sites hugely popular in Ukraine, are now off limits for Ukrainian police officers.

Following Hostage Crisis, Mali Celebrates Its Heroes and Gets Back to Work

Grateful for its heroes, Mali has already resumed its ordinary economic activities, ignoring the risk of more attacks and the national state of emergency (which is still in force).

23 November 2015

Nord-Ost Siege Survivor Remembers Captivity After Paris Attacks

RuNet Echo

With the tragic attacks in Paris earlier this month, many Russians are now remembering how bullets and bombs littered their own capital thirteen years ago.