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22 September 2014

In Crimea, No Room for Blogger Liza Bogutskaya And Her Pro-Ukrainian Views

RuNet Echo

Liza Bogutskaya's outspokenness against what she sees as Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea has made her a favorite of pro-Ukrainians online and an enemy of the Russian state administering Crimea.

As Political Pressure From Beijing Mounts, Hong Kong Students Demand Democracy With Class Boycott

Student activists accuse Beijing of making Hong Kong empty promises of a democratic vote, so in return they are leaving their classrooms empty for at least a week.

21 September 2014

Egyptian Leftist Activist Mahinour El-Masry Freed after Spending 125 Days in Jail

Egyptian activist Mahinour El-Masry was ordered to be released today after spending 125 days in prison for breaking the country's controversial no protest law.

20 September 2014

Newspapers Predict Spain's Conservative Party Will Shelve Their Restrictive Abortion Bill to Save Face in Elections

Spain's abortion bill has met with pushback not only from parties in the opposition but also from within the current governing party's rank and file.

19 September 2014

Minority Scholar Ilham Tohti Denies Chinese Authorities’ Accusation That He Led a Double Life at Separatism Trial

Lawyers for Ilham Tohti said the prominent Uyghur scholar was chained with leg irons and denied access to food and warm clothes while detained. The verdict is due next week.

18 September 2014

Why the Construction of an American Military Base in Henoko Is Being Described as Japan's Ferguson

A US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma is being relocated from the central part of Okinawa Island to pristine Henoko. Authorities have broken up protests using aggressive methods.

To Go or Not to Go? Scotland Votes on Independence from UK

Twitter and Facebook have been flooded with heated discussions, with the #indyref hashtag mentioned over 2.6 million times just in the past 30 days.

16 September 2014

Criticizing the Government Could Get You Arrested in Malaysia. Is it Time to Repeal the Sedition Act?

The law was passed in 1948 and it has been used ever since to harass the opposition

Was a Popular Saint Lucia Blog Taken Down by Google Hateful or Just Outspoken?

Global Voices Advocacy

The no-holds-barred, muckraking blog had become both notorious and controversial among people interested in local politics -- and then it was blocked, without warning.

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