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1 August 2014

Should the Caribbean ‘Free Up the Herb'? This Attorney Thinks So

As the debate on marijuana's legal status rages in the Caribbean, attorney and activist Richie Maitland argues in favor of decriminalisation.

Iran's Regime Likes the Washington Post's Op-Ed Space, but Not Its Reporter

Global Voices Advocacy

President Hassan Rouhani published an op-ed last year in The Washington Post explaining his moderate policies. Iranian authorities arrested the Post's reporter Jason Rezaian on July 22.

31 July 2014

Bahrain's Justice Minister Tweeted About Giving His Political Opponents a Political ‘Slap’

Slapping, kicking and other forms of physical violence were found to be part of the government's systematic mistreatment or torture of political opponents since the 2011 uprising.

Why July 25 Is a Tragic Date in Puerto Rican History

Constitution Day is celebrated on July 25, but it is also the date of the U.S. invasion in 1898 and the murder of two young pro-independence activists.

30 July 2014

Camera Phones vs. Kalashnikovs in Ukraine's Separtist-held Luhansk

RuNet Echo

How "streamer" journalism both empowers and endangers civic reporters in eastern Ukraine.

The Mouthpiece of Totalitarian Propaganda — Crimea's Colonel Cassad

RuNet Echo

Colonel Cassad has little love for Vladimir Putin. Despite this his blog has become massively popular among Putin's supporters. It has also earned him the ire of Ukraine's intelligence services.

28 July 2014

China's State Media Reveals Unapproved Genetically Modified Rice Is on the Market

A deteriorating environment and decreasing arable land threaten China’s ability to feed the world’s biggest population. The country is looking into GMO technology, but rice remains in a research stage.

27 July 2014

Macedonian Authorities Claim Social Networks ‘Have Always Been Blocked’ in University Dorms

Residents of a state-run student dormitory in Skopje began an online campaign to expose the horrific living conditions. Then, access to Facebook and other websites was cut off.

The Philippines’ ‘Anti-Corruption’ President Is Facing Impeachment Calls Over Accusations of Corruption

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who won on an anti-corruption platform, is now accused of corruption after one of his fund programs was dismissed by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

25 July 2014

Tajikistan Still Blocking Popular Russian Social Network

Tajikistan's government takes its role as public morals guardian - and protector against anti-government slander - very seriously. Russian social network Odnoklassniki joined YouTube on the blocked list July 18.

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