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19 September 2014

Run! The Muslims Are Coming!

The Bridge

Mainstream perceptions often paint "Muslims" with one broad brushstroke, inevitably peppered with violence. In this irreverent satirical piece, Pakistani stand-up comedian Sami Shah breaks down the different types of "Muslim".

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.

Ice Bucket Challenge, Meet Ukraine's ‘Blood Bucket’ Challenge

RuNet Echo

A group of European youths are raising awareness of the conflict in Ukraine with a gory twist on the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge. The buckets are filled with metaphorical blood.

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.

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.

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.

Why Is It Such a Controversy to Start the School Day at 9am in South Korea?

Some schools in South Korea have adopted a new "9am late-start system," provoking a nationwide debate about reforming the way children are educated and mature.

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