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7 February 2017

Stories from 7 February 2017

Dispatch Beirut ‘Restores’ Damaged or Neglected Parts of the City With Legos

"Our goal is not erase our memories of war but to give hope to not give up on a country that has suffered so much."

‘Why Are We Still Doing This?': Iraq Shuts Down Internet to Prevent Exam Cheating—Again

Advox

Internet outages to prevent exam cheating have now become common in Iraq.

Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister Says Women Should Choose Their Men More Wisely to Avoid Violence

"As per our usual culture. Let's victim-blame, right? She should've chose[n] better? How about he should've been brought up better?"

‘Tambourine Army’ Gathers Recruits as Jamaicans’ Anger Over Child Sexual Abuse Grows

"I want a different kind of Jamaica for women and girls. And I hope the #TambourineArmy will create that different Jamaica that is needed."

Ukrainian Social Media Users Get Five Years in Prison For ‘Supporting Separatism’

RuNet EchoAdvox

The two men were sentenced to five years in prison by a Sloviansk city court for threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

In Trinidad & Tobago, Clamour for Action After Yet Another Woman Is Murdered

"Our women and girls seem to be the major target of crime and assault. We must do something now!"

Crowdfunding Makes Macedonian Board Game an International Hit

How a group of young Macedonians fulfilled their dream of designing and manufacturing a fantasy board game that went on to international success.

Russian Political Panic Returns, As Putin Ponders Reelection in 2018

RuNet Echo

With Russia's next presidential election now just a year away, expect lots of strange, staged viral videos depicting a nation desperate to squeeze another term out of Vladmir Putin.

In Turkey's Neighbour Georgia, a Gülen School Loses its License

Turkey has intensified its bid to close schools and universities inspired by the controversial educator since a coup attempt last year.

From Vietnam to the US, the Zodiac Is an Important Part of Vietnamese Culture

"...when you meet Vietnamese elders, they don’t ask how old you are as much a lot of the time as your year you were born, your zodiac year..."

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