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21 March 2014

Stories from 21 March 2014

Suspected Government #SelfieMacedonia Campaign Backfires

As Elections Approach, Denial Runs Deep for Turkey's Erdogan

The Bridge

Turkey's Prime Minister is calling for democratic elections in a democratic state. Meanwhile, media outlets are under attack, Twitter is blocked, and protester oppression is at an all-time high.

Russia's No. 1 Separatist Dead, Again

RuNet Echo

Doku Umarov was declared dead by the official propaganda arm of the Caucasus Emirate, an armed separatist movement in Russia's south.

GV Face: How to Win the Rising Voices Microgrant

Rising VoicesGV Face

Are you brimming with ideas to help your community tell their story through citizen media? On GV Face the Rising Voices team discusses best practices for winning their microgrant competition.

The Daily Lives of Sub-Saharan Immigrants in Prague

Tajikistan Celebrates the Beginning of Spring

Do US Sanctions Against Putin's Cronies Fuel Russian Patriotism?

RuNet Echo

So far, it seems the West’s response to the annexation of Crimea has only reinforced Russia’s patriotic frenzy. But could tougher sanctions change that?

An Attempt to Intimidate? Sri Lanka Releases Human Rights Activists

Ruki Fernando and Praveen Mahesa were detained March 16, 2014 and accused of selling information abroad, attempting to damage harmony between communities, and aiding militant separatists the Tamil Tigers.

China Recruits Tencent and Alibaba for Private Bank Pilot

China has named ten companies, including Internet giants Alibaba and Tencent, to set up five privately owned banks. The move has some fearful for state-owned traditional banking.

Smog Insurance China's Latest Air Pollution Band-Aid

Smog insurance, the first of its kind, is targeting travelers and local residents of seven cities in China. Some cities have been plagued by smog for years.

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