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19 June 2017

Stories from 19 June 2017

‘Who Has the Most Selfies?’ Council of Bloggers Meets for First Time in Russian Parliament

RuNet Echo

"I have more than ten thousand [selfies]," firebrand politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky joked. "Who has more than me? No one!"

Chinese Cities Are Shaming Jaywalkers With Facial Recognition Software

Global Voices Advocacy

"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.

One Last Bolt: Jamaicans Party at National Stadium After Usain's Last Run on Native Soil

The man who redefined athletics has run his last race on home soil; the stellar lineup of athletes reflected the growing stature of Jamaican track and field.

With Economy Unravelling, What Awaits the Turkmen Regime?

"This is the end for Turkmenistan. The crisis has reached the country. Now we’ll see the appearance of the Central Asian Venezuela."

Thailand’s Junta Leader Wants Citizens to Answer Four Leading Questions About Elections

"If in the future, Thailand experiences another coup d’etat, will it be charged as a crime against the state?" wrote an activist in response.

Five Years on, Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Family Repeats Call for His Release

Global Voices Advocacy

Miriam was a four-year-old the last time she saw her father: "I try to remember you. Your voice, your hugs, but I can’t."

What Next for US-Australian Relations After Malcolm Turnbull Mocks ‘The Donald'?

Audio of Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull mimicking US President Donald Trump in a stand-up at Canberra's midwinter ball has been leaked by political journalist Laurie Oakes.

Fake News Twists Hong Kong Airline Hostesses’ Refusal to Wear Chinese Name Tags

Chinese media portrayed the refusal as another example of Hong Kong-mainland tension. In reality, it was about privacy.

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: Scenes to Help You (Try to) Understand Venezuela

The Bridge

"Venezuela is falling to pieces. We’re falling apart and I wonder if any of us are even aware of it."

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