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20 June 2014

Stories from 20 June 2014

Beyond the World Cup Headlines: Protests in Brazil, a Jailed Writer in Cameroon and Foul Play From Fans

You have to know more than just football to understand the World Cup. Deji Olukotun gives a play-by-play of the important free expression and human rights issues.

Honduras: Thoughts After the Match Against France

Why Some Cameroonians Protested the Visit of This Cote d'Ivoire ‘Warlord’

National Assembly President Guillaume Soro, who led the rebellion against Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo that sparked civil war in Cote d’Ivoire, was greeted as a unwelcome "rebel."

China and Hong Kong Are Supposed to Be ‘One Country, Two Systems.’ Someone Remind China

The Sino-British Joint Declaration gave Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy from China. A recently released white paper from Beijing is seen as a threat to that autonomy.

The Darker, More Violent World Cup Kick-Off in São Paulo That You Didn't See

Just before Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull performed in São Paulo's Arena Corinthians, dozens of protesters and journalists were injured in a heavy-handed crackdown against anti-World Cup demonstrations.

Cloudflare CEO Updates DDoS Attacks on Civic Referendum in Hong Kong

Urban Pakistani Musicians Jam With a Rural Folk Singer and Create Something Beautiful for the Internet

The video for "Sarak Sarak" was published on Facebook, SoundCloud and Vimeo, but not YouTube - that remains blocked in Pakistan.

Chile Sends Spain Packing in Stunning World Cup Defeat

In a duel of the "Reds", Chile defeated the defending world champion Spain, knocking the latter out of the World Cup.

“We are Leaderless” in Cuba

Russia's Failed e-Democracy?

RuNet Echo

Last year, the Kremlin launched an online portal where citizens can propose and vote on their own legislative ideas. The e-democracy experiment disappointed many, however.

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