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28 July 2014

China's State Media Reveals Unapproved Genetically Modified Rice Is on the Market

A deteriorating environment and decreasing arable land threaten China’s ability to feed the world’s biggest population. The country is looking into GMO technology, but rice remains in a research stage.

27 July 2014

Macedonian Authorities Claim Social Networks ‘Have Always Been Blocked’ in University Dorms

Residents of a state-run student dormitory in Skopje began an online campaign to expose the horrific living conditions. Then, access to Facebook and other websites was cut off.

The Philippines’ ‘Anti-Corruption’ President Is Facing Impeachment Calls Over Accusations of Corruption

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who won on an anti-corruption platform, is now accused of corruption after one of his fund programs was dismissed by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

25 July 2014

Tajikistan Still Blocking Popular Russian Social Network

Tajikistan's government takes its role as public morals guardian - and protector against anti-government slander - very seriously. Russian social network Odnoklassniki joined YouTube on the blocked list July 18.

Russia Is About to Lose “Fake News,” But the Internet Freedoms Going with It Are Real

RuNet Echo

The owner of an independent TV channel has staged a curious "intellectual provocation" to shock people into understanding the peril of Internet freedom in Russia.

24 July 2014

Iraq Moves Toward a New Government With Fouad Masoum's Election as President

Iraq finally has a new president. Fouad Masoum, a 76-year-old Kurdish politician, has been elected to the post.

Indian Prime Minister Modi's First Budget Promises Lots of Change, Including an Expensive New Statue

Narendra Modi's first budget as India’s new prime minister was greeted with mixed reactions. The $34 million budget allocation for a 600-foot statue in his home state generated much buzz.

23 July 2014

Kuwait, the Gulf's Poster Child of Democracy, Strips Opposition Members of Citizenship

Kuwait's decision to revoke the nationalities of opposition members and their families has sent shock waves across the Gulf. Noor Mattar tells us why.

22 July 2014

Expired Meat Was on the Menu at McDonald's, KFC and Other Fast Food Restaurants in China

It's the latest food safety scandal to hit China, which has seen a spate of issues in recent years, including a 2008 milk contamination that killed six infants.

Pro-Democracy Protesters in Hong Kong Can Face Down Police, but Not Their Mom and Dad at the Dinner Table

Hundreds of thousands have vocally demanded democratic elections, but some of those same activists are having trouble speaking up to their conservative parents.

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