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24 October 2014

There's an Island Made of Toxic Trash Rising Out of the Sea in the Maldives

Used batteries, asbestos, lead and other potentially hazardous waste dumped at Thilafushi island are seeping into the water, but environmental concerns have never materialized into a campaign by local activists.

West Africans Keep Calm Despite Ebola and Remind the World Who They Are

As the Ebola death toll nears 5,000, with at least 10,000 reported cases, many in West Africa are utilizing the power of new media in the fight against the disease.

23 October 2014

Argentinian Motorcylists Fight Against Discriminatory Regulations

New security measures imposed on Argentinian motorcyclists have generated an unexpectedly strong protest movement.

22 October 2014

Russia's Justice Ministry Targets Human Rights Group ‘Memorial’

RuNet Echo

Russia hasn't elaborated its grievances against the human rights group, but Memorial says the main issue is that officials want it to adopt a more centralized organizational structure.

Leaked Diplomatic Cables Show EU Strong-Armed Ecuador on Free Trade Agreement

The leaking of diplomatic cables between representatives of Ecuador and the EU reveals pressure from European negotiators and division among Ecuadorians regarding the FTA.

Learn Who's Who in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution With ‘Mr and Little Miss Hong Kong People’

Inspired by British cartoon "Mr Men and Little Miss," commercial artist Maxwell created illustrations of the important pro-democracy protesters and government workers caught up in the Occupy Central movement.

Iran's Conservative Media See a Reformist Plot in Coverage of Acid Attacks Against Women

Kayhan has accused reformist newspapers of publishing news related to the attacks in order to destroy the image of the "believers" and "supporters" of the Islamic regime.

21 October 2014

Baby Doc's Death Fails to Bring Closure for Haitians

Dictators Jean-Claude and Francois Duvalier never paid for their crimes while alive; indeed, the fact that justice was not served is still a thorn in the side of many Haitians.

Kyrgyzstan's Historical Matriarch Makes a Bid for an Oscar

The seven figure budget of Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains may not raise eyebrows in Hollywood, but in Kyrgyzstan the film has divided movie-goers and spurred an Oscar charge.

GV Face: In Conversation with the Activist Bahrain Doesn't Want Us Talking To

GV Face

Bahrain is in the third year of its crackdown on activists. International media reports the protests as a Shia-led revolution against a Sunni regime, but activists say this is simplistic.

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