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11 August 2014

Stories from 11 August 2014

Iranian Police Interrogator Gets 3 Years Jail Time for Killing a Blogger

America's Has-Been Stars Are Russia's A-List Pride

RuNet Echo

Some of Hollywood’s biggest has-beens have been making major headlines in Russia lately, thrilling a nation happy to receive approval from America’s formerly famous entertainers.

This Meat Advertisement Is Now Illegal in Russia

RuNet Echo

Russian police have banned a meat product commercial for breaking the country's advertising laws, which forbid the depiction of illegal acts, including traffic violations and the endangerment of children.

Improving Internet Access in Cambodia

Thailand's Junta Bans ‘Tropico', a Computer Game That Simulates Military Dictatorship

The game allows a player to be a dictator named 'El Presidente' and launch a coup in a tropical paradise island.

‘Never Alone', a Video Game That Immerses Players in Traditional Iñupiat Culture

Rising Voices

Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa) features a female protagonist in a traditional narrative of the Iñupiat people of Alaska.

Kyrgyz President Gatecrashes (New) Turkish President's Party

As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became Turkey's first popularly elected president, he had a surprise guest to help him celebrate. Kyrgyzstan's president Almazbek Atambayev became an overnight Twitter celebrity in Turkey.

Simón Bolívar, Esteemed Liberator or Infamous Dictator?

"It is harder to maintain the balance of freedom than it is to endure the weight of tyranny," said Simón Bolívar, known as the "Liberator" of many South American countries.

When Red Cross China Needs a PR Boost, Propaganda Authorities Have the Embattled Charity's Back

CCTV aired a confession from Guo Meimei, who impersonated a Red Cross executive, the evening after a deadly earthquake. Many speculated it was to help the charity's calls for donations.

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