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30 September 2016

Stories from 30 September 2016

Russian Politician Wants Journalists Prosecuted for Sharing Footage of His Ricky Martin Dance

RuNet Echo

A city councilman in Orlov has filed a police report against local journalists for sharing video footage of him dancing to Ricky Martin’s “Livin la Vida Loca.”

Afghanistan Prepares Warily to Welcome Back One of its Most Explosive Sons

"When will Mr. Hekmatyar be launched at Kabul?"

In Tanzania, Expressing Political Opinions on Social Media is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous

Advox

Since President John Magufuli won the presidential election in October 2015, 14 people have already being arrested and charged for insulting the president on social media.

Netizen Report: Swiss Citizens Say Yes to Surveillance

Advox

Swiss activists lose referendum on privacy, Jordanian authorities ban media coverage of writer’s assassination, and Mexico is spending even more money on surveillance tools than was previously known.

Thais in a Crowded Community Are Playing in the ‘World’s First’ Non-Rectangular Football Field

"This unusual football field has proven that designing outside boundaries can help foster creativity used to develop these useful spaces."

An Iranian-Canadian Academic Is Released, but Iran's Crackdown on Women's Rights Activists Continues

Efforts to increase women's participation in February's parliamentary elections were met with a campaign of repression from hardline institutions in Iran.

In Defense of My Right to Abortion in Macedonia

The Bridge

"Choosing not to bear a child for whom a nurturing environment cannot be guaranteed isn't a denial of responsibility— it's the ultimate assumption of responsibility for oneself and the world."

Pakistani Actors in Bollywood Become Targets of Hate as the India-Pakistan Tussle Escalates

"...culture and art and sport should be without boundaries and borders. These are the two areas which bring people together and encourage understanding of other cultures."

French Diversity Raises an Eyebrow at Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘Our Ancestors Are the Gauls’ Declaration

"When you're six years old and you read that your ancestors were Gauls, with fair hair and blue eyes... it wasn't only us who giggled, it was the teacher, too.”

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