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23 November 2016

Stories from 23 November 2016

An American Traveler Accuses Macedonian Customs of Corruption After ‘Ordeal’ at the Border

Rick Ray uploaded a video saying officials confiscated his drone -- not because he did anything wrong, but because they wanted to resell it for profit.

A Peek Behind the Curtains at Russian Esquire Reveals Debate on Putin Coverage

RuNet Echo

In a public exchange, Esquire's chief editor asked not to “burden” readers with politics, after an editor made a recent remark by Vladimir Putin the “quote of the day” online.

How My Father Recorded 100 Days of Curfew In Kashmir

The Bridge

"According to Google Maps, my father has his free movement restricted to 990 metres, 10 metres less than a kilometre."

Brazilian Activists Outsmart Facebook's Censorship of the Female Nipple

Advox

"What are the real differences between one portrait and another? What is offensive in one nipple that isn't in the other?"

Complaint of Moldy Buns Triggers Wave of Harassment at Chinese University

Advox

A students was forced to make a public apology after accusing his school cafeteria of selling moldy buns. He has now left Weibo, after receiving a flood of harassing comments.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Bans Photojournalist for this ‘Unofficial’ Photo

Advox

Hussein Baydoun was barred from photographing the PM after this image was published. Photographs he took during last year's ‘you stink’ protests against government corruption were featured in numerous outlets.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 4: “We Declared It a Revolution For Freedom”

The Bridge

"For them our triumphant chants for freedom have been a sort of rape, and now is their chance for revenge."

Porn Customers Have a Right to Privacy — But Who's Looking Out For Them?

Advox

Violations to privacy rights expose not only the personal data of adult sites' users but the cracks of legal systems unable to protect customers of such websites.

Leader of Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Movement ‘Bersih’ Arrested Under Anti-Terror Law

"Is this the type of country that we Malaysians want to live in, where corruption runs amok, elections are rigged and innocents are placed behind bars?"

Answering the Burning Question on Venezuelan Minds: To Stay or to Leave?

The recent and growing Venezuelan diaspora discusses ideas of country, identity and homesickness while they look back at the country's economic and political crisis.

Despite Challenges, Volunteerism is Giving Young Jamaicans Hope

"Volunteers make our communities safer; they stand up for human rights and lobby for positive change [...] Their collective efforts can make Jamaica a more vibrant, healthy country."

La Francophonie Summit Comes to Madagascar, Where Demonstrators Are Waiting

Madagascar, where the majority of people still live in poverty, has spent vast sums of money to organise a major summit. How much money exactly, nobody knows.

After Officers Kill 15-Year-Old “Known Pest”, Trindadians Take Aim at Police Tactics

"I am not saying either was right or wrong but excuse me if I DON'T take the word of the esteemed members of the T&T Police Service as gospel!!"

Bangladeshis Watch Launch of Uber in Their Country With Relief and Caution

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is known for its lack of public transport and notorious traffic jams.