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Rocks, sticks and AK-47s: The weapons of Ukraine’s protests

 
Clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces reached unprecedented levels of violence in the streets of Kiev Thursday. One one side, the authorities no longer hesitate to use snipers. On the other, more protesters are using makeshift weapons, and in some instances light firearms. Read more…
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Algerian cartoonist faces prison for a drawing never published

 
Djamel Ghanem, a cartoonist for “La Voix de l’Oranie, a daily newspaper in the Oran region of Agleria, is being prosecuted for a drawing featuring President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. He risks spending 18 months in prison, though his cartoon was never published or otherwise made public. Read more...
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Taking stock of the dead in one of South Sudan’s most ravaged cities

 
As negotiations continue to end the conflict in South Sudan, displaced people are just starting to return home, notably in Bor, north of the capital Juba. This strategic town was the scene of particularly violent fighting between the army and mutineers. More than a hundred people were killed, and their bodies were left to decompose in the open air. These apocalyptic scenes were photographed by activists from the non profit organisation Enough Project, who traveled to Bor on February 9. Read more...
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Teachers share photos of 'disgusting' Los Angeles schools on Facebook

 
While officials roll out one billion dollars worth of iPads to Los Angeles students, teachers are flagging up a more pressing issue: the appalling state of city schools. From dead rats to broken toilet fixtures, they’re using the Facebook page ‘Repairs not iPads’ to post their photographic proof. Read more...
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Iranians use Facebook to save villagers from snowstorm

Facebook is banned in Iran, but many people still use it – even villagers in the country’s north, which turned out to be life-saving when the region was hit by the worst snowstorm in half a century earlier this month. Read more...

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Bosnia protesters: "People are unemployed and hungry"

Protests against government corruption and unemployment have continued in Bosnia-Herzegovina for more than a week now. After last weekend’s violent unrest – the worst since Bosnia's civil war ended in 1995 – activists are demanding that the entire government step down. Read more...

DR Congo’s 'road from hell' paved with illegal roadblocks

Unofficial roadblocks are a problem throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo, but the issue is particularly acute in conflict zones, like in the North and South Kivu provinces. In these areas, makeshift roadblocks keep popping up, and people have little recourse but to pay those who run them. This racket has become very costly for locals. Read more...

Activists block hotel construction to protest Tbilisi's shrinking green space

 
Day and night, activists in the Georgian capital are manning roadblocks in Vake Park to stop work on a new hotel. In a few months, a protest camp has grown around the site of the proposed hotel that protesters say would wreck one of Tbilisi’s last recreational areas. Read more...
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