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17 June 2016

Stories from 17 June 2016

The Wild World of Telegram Stickers

RuNet Echo

It’s Friday and today we’re going to write about stickers—not just any stickers, but the stickers that have been flooding the instant messenger app Telegram for the past year.

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Just Do Your Job, Man.

This week we take you to Russia, India, Madagascar, Venezuela and Singapore.

As President Faces Impeachment, Brazil’s ‘Royal Family’ Wants to Play ‘Game of Thrones’ For Real

It's been 127 years since Brazil was a monarchy, but President Rousseff's possible impeachment has presented the country's last royal family with an opportunity to appeal to supporters.

Tajik Facebookers Make Persian Poetry Political

"I left, because now there is no place for love there. I left, because there was no use in staying there. I left, because oppression and pain crossed all lines."

Hong Kong Bookseller Says He Was Forced to Confess on TV During Eight-Month Detention in China

Advox

"This is not just my personal matter or Causeway Bay Books, this is about the human rights of Hong Kong people."

The Layered Graves of Syria's Douma City

Douma graves have taught us that death has its own art forms in this war.

‘Mother, Don’t Cry If They Couldn’t Find My Body’: Remembering the 4,000 Syrian Refugees Who Died En Route to Europe

A humanitarian agency is working to increase global awareness about the refugees from Syria who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, releasing a film called “The Sea Cemetery.”

Who Was Jalaluddin Rumi, and Whose Rumi Is He?

As Hollywood unleashes a Di Caprio-coloured plot to appropriate the life of a famous Persian poet, older battles over his legacy are coming to the boil.

Local Chinese Officials Promise They Won't Let the Yulin Dog Meat Festival Happen This Year

"Being humane to animals is not a western value. China has had laws against animal abuse since the Qing Dynasty."

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