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20 September 2014

Thailand’s Prime Minister Apologizes for Suggesting Bikinis Raise the Murder Rate Among Tourists

Thailand's Prime Minister has had to apologize for a sexist gaffe following the murder of two British tourists.

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.

The Streets of Lima Are Alive With the Sound of Music

The Bridge

19th-century waltzes, blind saxophonists, musical saws: Lima, Peru resident Juan Arellano pays tribute to the musicians who add delight and texture the streets of his city.

Bahraini Human Rights Activist Maryam Al Khawaja Is Released From Prison While She Awaits Trial

Maryam Al Khawaja was arrested when she tried to enter the country to visit her jailed father, who is on his 27th day of a hunger strike.

Turkey's ‘School of Nature': Reminding Us of What We Forgot

Doğa Okulu, Turkey's 'School of Nature', is a model of cooperation between activists, local communities and local government. In seven months the school has already done a lot of teaching.

Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone: ‘Yes! I Am a Woman. I Have Breasts and a Cleavage! You Got a Problem?!’

An entertainment news portal tweeted a screenshot of Padukone in the film "Finding Fanny" along with the comment "Deepika's cleavage show." The actress and numerous others hit back on Twitter.

18 September 2014

Right to Be Forgotten: A Win for Argentina's Lawsuit-Happy Celebrities?

Global Voices Advocacy

What kind of information is in the public interest? Is it possible (or desirable) to define this? Free expression attorney Ramiro Alvarez examines this question in the context of Argentina.

After US Ambassador to Ukraine's Twitter Gaffe, RT Says ‘World Won't Be Duped Again’

RuNet Echo

America’s social media outreach on the Ukraine crisis has always been flawed, if only because Uncle Sam is up against an adversary that frequently camouflages online propaganda as “grassroots” activism.

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.

Ebola Hasn't Reached the Gambia, and People Are Working to Keep It That Way

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed nearly 1,900 people so far. In the Gambia, a social media campaign and a specially composed song are trying to raise awareness.

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