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4 July 2015

Steven Salaita Lands Job at AUB, Talks Black Politics and Palestine Solidarity

After being denied tenure at the University of Illinois (UIUC) for pro-Palestine tweets, Salaita will be the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut.

Police in Russia Might Soon be Allowed to Shoot at Women, Unless They ‘Look Pregnant’

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers want to expand opportunities for the use of firearms with impunity by police officers, allowing them to fire into crowds or at women.

Timeline: 14 Activists Detained in Thailand for Protesting Against Junta

The arrest and detention of 14 anti-Junta activists in Thailand has sparked outrage across the country. It also inspired many academics to call for the immediate release of the activists.

Teenagers in Myanmar Are Organizing a Humanitarian Visit to Help 120,000 Residents Displaced by War

"When we heard that there were 120,000 people living as refugees, fighting for mere survival and living on less than 2 cents per day, we had to act."

Iran's Version of The Muppets Makes a Comeback

Kolah Germezi (or "Red Hat") is a beloved Iranian TV program featuring a collection of skits and musical numbers. Its producer says the program officially has 35 million viewers.

3 July 2015

You Can Now Legally Dance the Night Away in Japan

Late-night club-goers are celebrating the end of a police crackdown that shut dancing just when the party was getting started.

Here's How Russia's New ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Compares to Europe's

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

RuNet Echo looks at new Russian legislation that would introduce a "right to be forgotten" online, comparing it to the landmark European Court decision last year.

A Workshop Gathers Digital Activists Revitalizing Indigenous Languages in Colombia

Rising Voices

Indigenous youth from across Colombia gathered in Bogotá to share experiences and join the network of indigenous language digital activists.

Outrage as Ghana Demolishes ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’, the Country's Biggest Slum

Many Ghanaians have accused the government of failing to make good on its promise to help Old Fadama residents whose businesses and houses were destroyed.

2 July 2015

Nigerians Are Shocked by the ‘Kano Nine’ Death Sentence for Blasphemy

"No one can defend God to pass death sentence on others, I'm a Muslim and in totality I condemn it. #SaveKanoNine"

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