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7 July 2015

China's New National Security Law Casts a Fearsome Shadow Over Hong Kong

China's new law is wide-reaching and furthers suppression of dissent. Hong Kong government officials have said the city cannot guarantee local activists' safety if they travel to the mainland.

6 July 2015

Russian Law Enforcement Advocates for Safe Selfies

RuNet Echo

Several recent cases of young Russians getting hurt or dying while trying to take selfies have led the Russian Interior Ministry to voice its concern over the practice.

Fines for Violating Russia’s ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Might Not Be So Stiff, After All

RuNet Echo

Lawmakers suggest that fines will likely be levied only after a search engine refuses to comply with a court order to delete links under the “right to be forgotten” protocol.

The Chaccu, a Millenary Andean Tradition All About Fine Vicuña Wool

Every year, by late June, Peru hunts these relatives of the llama for their exquisite wool, which help make some of the finest fiber in the world.

Provocative Images Depicting Differences Between Hong Kong and China Highlight Inter-Cultural Conflict

As China continues to undermine the 'One Country, Two Systems' accord, artists in Hong Kong strike back with provocative comparisons between the two territories.

5 July 2015

In the World's Most Violent City, Graffiti Artists Use Their ‘Weapons’ for Good

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has earned the bloody title of world's deadliest city four years in a row. Graffiti artists hope to change that with some spray paint and imagination.

4 July 2015

CNN's Countdown to Greek Bankruptcy Ignites Enraged Reactions

A provocative countdown to the Greek bankruptcy, inspired by CNN, triggered a storm of reactions in the Greek online community.

Tensions Between Government and Opposition Threaten Democracy in Ecuador

While protests and counter-protests continue to be held in Ecuador ahead of Pope Francisco's visit, the very concept of democracy is under siege, writes one analyst.

Steven Salaita Lands Job at American University of Beirut, Talks Black Politics and Palestine Solidarity

After being denied tenure at the University of Illinois for pro-Palestine tweets, Salaita will be the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut.

Police in Russia Might Soon be Allowed to Shoot at Women, Unless They ‘Look Pregnant’

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers want to expand opportunities for the use of firearms with impunity by police officers, allowing them to fire into crowds or at women.

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