IS jihadists taunt Turkish army at Syrian border


A video showing fighters from the group calling itself Islamic State talking to Turkish soldiers near the embattled city of Kobane has widely circulated online. The video has angered Kurdish activists, who see it as proof of collusion between the Turkish army and the jihadist group. However, the scene appears to be the result of provocation on the part of the IS fighters. Here’s why…
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Reality TV star shines spotlight on ‘trash islands’


In early October, an American woman posed for a series of striking photos to promote cleaning up the Maldives Islands. This photo campaign – which includes her wearing a bikini made of old bottles and surfing in a pile of trash – has received mixed reactions in the Maldives. Read more...
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Tehran tries to inspire residents to follow 'Islamic lifestyle' via comics


This week, the city of Tehran has rolled out an advertising campaign aimed at getting people to adhere to what its leaders consider a proper Islamic lifestyle. The comics, which have been put up in buses across the city, have amused some of our Observers and angered others, but either way, they’ve missed their mark. Read more...
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Five minutes: the length of a protest in Angola


Angolan law stipulates that anyone who organises a protest must inform the authorities, who are supposed to “provide protection” for the demonstrators. But when activists do this, authorities use this information to arrest them as soon as they arrive at the designated location. To circumnavigate the situation, a group of young people have been organising “flash mob” protests to gain a least a few minutes of activism before being shut down. Read more...

Machete-armed locals patrol cities after Beni massacre


After rebel attacks in the past few weeks killed 80 people, residents in numerous cities in the province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo have set up self-defence groups. These armed militias patrol at night and say that they are compensating for the powerless Congolese army and police force. But not everyone agrees. Read more...

Artists trade acid for roses in support of Iranian women


In the past few weeks, four women have been the victims of acid attacks in Ispahan, a town in the centre of Iran. Each time, these attacks have been carried out by helmeted men on motorcycles. A group of artists decided to accost women in the same way except, this time, instead of acid, they stopped them to give them roses. Read more...
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Taxing the Internet in Hungary: 'Our country is going backwards!'


Can you imagine having to pay a tax on how much Internet you consume? That could soon be the case in Hungary, if lawmakers get their way. Thousands of protesters in the capital Budapest took to the streets on Sunday night to protest this move. For them, taxing the Internet is definitely a move in the wrong direction. Read more…

Migrants, police chase and golfers: no, this is not Photoshopped


At the forefront of the photo, two people are busy playing golf. Just behind them, migrants are scaling a giant fence to try to get away from the police. This photo, which was taken in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, was posted online Wednesday by the NGO Prodein and quickly started circulating. Many Internet users were convinced it had to be a photomontage. But this photo is indeed real...
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Afro-Brazilian women criticise 'racist' take on Sex and the City


‘Sexo e as Negas’ is a Brazilian retake on the cult show ‘Sex and the City.’ The original show was famous for its depiction of four sexually liberated women. But black women in Brazil say that this Brazilian version of the show, which stars four black actresses, does the opposite: it reduces black women to a sexualized, racialized stereotype that they say does not represent them. Read more…

Acid attacks in Iran: ‘My sister won’t go outside anymore’


There have been at least four cases of acid attacks on women in the last two weeks in Isfahan, in central Iran. A rumour quickly spread throughout the city according to which the women were attacked because they weren’t covered up enough. This prompted several thousand residents to take to the streets in protest, and call on the authorities to act. Read more...
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