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20 August 2014

Prominent Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah goes on Hunger Strike

Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah has entered an open-ended hunger strike until he is released from prison, his family said in a statement posted on Facebook today.

Five Million People Have Had Enough of Myanmar's Current Constitution

Myanmar's opposition is pushing a large-scale constitutional reform effort to remove "undemocratic provisions" that it says sustain the country's current military-backed government.

19 August 2014

ISIS Beheads Kidnapped Photojournalist James Wright Foley in Horrific Video Message to the U.S.

A video allegedly showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley, missing in Syria for 636 days, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was released today.

Freedom of Information and Data Protection Dealt A Blow in Mexico: IFAI Won't Challenge Telecom Law

Disappointment and frustration prevail as the IFAI's decision leaves Mexico's citizens defenseless against the country's crucial new telecom law.

Armed Egyptian Group Hilwan Brigades Blasts State Violence and Muslim Brotherhood's ‘Pacifism’ in YouTube Debut

It's been one year since security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters opposed to the ousting of Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, killing hundreds.

Abuse of Syrian Child on Video Sparks Outcry and Arrests

“Beat his face and head,” says a voice off-camera. “No,” pleads the boy, a nine-year-old Syrian refugee. The video has sparked intense public debate about discrimination against Syrians in Lebanon.

Thailand's Military Junta Cements Its Power With ‘Undemocratic’ Interim Constitution

Thailand’s military government has enacted an interim constitution which critics described as a charter that is designed to perpetuate a military dictatorship.

Russia's Mockery of Jen Psaki Has Failed

RuNet Echo

One of the RuNet's latest attacks on the U.S. State Department spokesperson reveals how even Russia’s noblest patriots seem to rely on American resources when deriding the White House.

18 August 2014

Pope Francis’ New Wheels Cause a Stir in South Korea

Pope Francis' inaugural visit to South Korea caused a media frenzy, thanks in part to scenes of the pontiff riding around in a Kia, instead of a bulletproof sedan.

Deadly Diseases, Violent Conflicts and White Saviors: Hollywood's Skewed Portrayal of Africa

The film "Outbreak" about a fictional Ebola-like virus hit theaters nearly 20 years ago. Has Hollywood's perception of Africa evolved since then?

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