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Balkan Pride Parades Highlight Growing Support for LGBT Rights (and Politicians Are Taking Notice)

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:51:00 +0000

Serbia's openly gay prime minister became the 'first head of government to attend a Balkan Pride event.' Cynics see her appointment, however, as a move to impress the European Union.


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The Revolution Will Be Live-Tweeted (Not In Russian, Though)

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:11:51 +0000

RT's #1917Live, which marks the centennial of the October Revolution, is full of interactive and creative features. There is something missing, however: the Russian language.


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In Macedonia, Memories of a Crackdown on the Ajvar Culinary Tradition Remain Fresh

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:39:07 +0000

"Long ago, back in 2016, everything was OK in the country, except the preparation of ajvar in public spaces. 'Around ten people have been fined for making ajvar'"


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Russians Are Receiving Some Uncanny Answers From Alisa, Tech Giant Yandex's Siri Competitor

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:51:01 +0000

"— I want a new iPhone. — What keeps you from buying one? — I don’t have money. — Steal it...No one will know."


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Comical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan's State Visit to Serbia

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:25:59 +0000

The warm welcome of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a state visit this week incited many satirical comments on nationalism and media freedoms.


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‘The Eurovision Baby Has Arrived': Macedonian Contestant Jana Burceska Gives Birth to Daughter

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:59:52 +0000

The then-unmarried Burceska had revealed she was pregnant in her Eurovision introductory video. The move was controversial in her home country Macedonia, which has become quite conservative in recent decades.


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Russians Get Territorial After Chinese Newspaper Tweets Photos of the Remote Altay Region

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:23:58 +0000

China Daily regularly tweets promotional photographs from Chinese regions, but this time it caused a backlash from Russian users who thought China was claiming parts of Russia as its own.


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Serbian Groups Stage Blackout to Protest Media Intimidation By Tax Authority

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:14:42 +0000

The shuttering of a Serbian newspaper led to physical protest and an online blackout with 150 participating websites.


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On Telegram, Russian Politics and Memes Translate Into Big Bucks

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:09:44 +0000

One of the most popular Telegram channels made the headlines in the Russian press in September 2017 when it was sold for 5.5 million rubles (US$95,000).


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#WhereIsMySchool? Parents Fight for Proper Education for Children with Disabilities in Bosnia

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:57:18 +0000

"More and more parents...refuse to accept the social stigma that comes with developmental difficulties, and reject the misguided notion that they have to carry all the weight themselves."


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German Anti-Immigrant Party Targets Russian-German Voters With a Xenophobic Ad

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:37:27 +0000

The ad was highly criticized. One German woman wrote, "...because I'm all for fighting for our country, I’m considering suing you and your 'party' for incitement of ethnic hatred..."


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Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:05:42 +0000

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.


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In Ukraine, Fears of ‘Technological Terrorism’ Cause Free Expression to Decline

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:47:32 +0000

State of Internet freedom in Ukraine is a reflection of challenges brought to free speech and independent reporting under the conflict settings, explains legal expert Olga Kyryliuk.


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Vending Machines Around the World that Japanese People Find Surprising

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:12:55 +0000

Japan is often considered to have some of the world's most unusual vending machines, but there are a few in other countries giving them a run for their money.


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Estonian President Warns of ‘Self-Occupation,’ Prompting Praise and Political Spin

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:07:31 +0000

Estonian president's remarks against close-minded nationalism received different political interpretations abroad, obscuring her focus on the real challenges -- technological change, including the globalization of workforce.


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