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5 September 2015

An ‘Appeal to Affection and Empathy’: Barcelona's Mayor Wants Spain’s Cities to Welcome Refugees

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau's idea to create a network of refuge-cities for refugees has become a real-life plan after a Facebook comment went viral.

The Privilege of My Canadian Passport Weighs Heavy As the Refugee Crisis Unfolds

The Bridge

Passport privilege is perhaps the most valuable thing in the middle of the unfolding refugee crisis. Should a document be able to determine life or death in this world?

4 September 2015

Censored Memes, Search Terms and Images from China’s WWII Parade

Whilst the visible comments about the massive military parade on Weibo were overwhelmingly positive, posts which were removed and collected at FreeWeibo.com showed users making fun of the occasion.

The Mesoamerican Abacus That Gives Modern Calculators a Run for Their Money

Nepohualtzintzin, an abacus that was used in some Mesoamerican cultures, is still used nowadays to solve math problems as accurately as a calculator.

Alan Kurdi's Death Forces Canada to Confront Its Commitment to Helping Syrian Refugees

"As a grandfather, it's unbearable to see the image of that little body on a beach. Canada must act. Let’s not wait any longer."

I'm a Syrian Refugee in Turkey, but I've Decided to Return Home

The Bridge

As the news fills daily with reports of refugees risking their lives to cross into Europe, one Syrian Kurd who found asylum in Turkey has decided to go back.

You’re in the Army Now: How Drafted Ukrainian Journalists Cover the War in Their Online Diaries

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian journalists drafted for military service in eastern Ukraine have turned their social media accounts into personal military diaries, documenting their training, their combat, and their daily life.

Ghanaians Offer Glimpses of Their Everyday Lives With the Hashtag #233Moments

What do Ghanaians do at 2:33 GMT? #233Moments hasghtag will tell you.

Why Some Consider ‘Brand Jamaica’ a Problematic Idea

"It’s a matter of some irony that despite this history of inhumane servitude...Jamaica would develop in the 21st century into a country that fetishizes brands and branding."

3 September 2015

Guatemalan President Resigns After Arrest Warrant Issued

Otto Pérez Molina is Guatemala's president no longer. After months of marching to demand justice and accountability, Guatemalans received the news of the resignation of the now former leader

Postcard from San Salvador: The Subtle Tyranny of Gangs

"It is estimated that there are around 500,000-to-600,000 Salvadorans involved, in one way or another, with the maras (gangs)—about 10 percent of the population."

Zambia's First Lady Faces Accusations of Being a Political ‘Santa Claus’

Opposition leader Edith Nawakwi alleged that Esther Lungu was using the donations and tours in rural Zambia to campaign for her husband ahead of the 2016 presidential and general elections.

2 September 2015

The Plight of a Syrian Refugee Planning His Escape to Europe Brings Out Xenophobia on Twitter

"In Germany I want 2get treatment. Was in regime prison 3 days. Nusra jail 70 days. FSA 7 days. IS 2 days," says a Syrian refugee.

Buy a Pen, Save a Life: A Syrian Father Inspires a Fundraising Cause

The #BuyPens campaign is a collaborative effort to help a Syrian refugee father, recently photographed selling a handful of pens in Beirut, Lebanon.

Integrity Crisis Brews as Nigeria's President Buhari Disowns Election Promises

"Buhari now says that campaign commitments made by his party were not made by him... For a President elected on a platform of integrity, this is duplicitous. It is unacceptable."

Will a Visit From Taiwan's Former Vice President Lend Weight to China's Revisionist WWII History?

Lien Chan will attend a military parade in China commemorating victory over the Japanese, even though the mainland is downplaying his own party's central role in World War II.

Hundreds of Austrians and Germans Turn Out to Welcome Refugees Arriving From Hungary

Refugees travelling through Austria to Germany were greeted with applause at train stations by Austrians and Germans bearing not only good will, but food, water sanitary products and toys.

Russian Rock Legend Boris Grebenshikov Crowdfunds New Record

RuNet Echo

Boris Grebenshikov, often called the "Grandfather of Russian rock," has appealed to his fans online to crowdfund his new album, which looks set to be fully funded, despite the critics.

Are Term Limits and Mandatory Political Changeover Really in the Interest of African Nations?

The Bridge

In countries with few leading figures capable of securing the role of head of state, constitutionally mandated political changeover can be a real constraint on the political process.

Can Iranian TV Seduce Viewers in the Land of Telenovelas?

In an age when television offers intense melodramas produced domestically and abroad, can Iranian soap operas—packed with family values and little makeup—win a foreign audience?

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