Video of Navalny's Return to Moscow - New York Times, July 22, 2013
The Radio Free Europe blogger Brian Whitmore noted that, in YouTube video recorded from the press scrum around Mr. Navalny, after he thanked his supporters for the protests following his conviction - saying: "You have destroyed the main privilege that the Kremlin has claimed, its alleged right to arrest anyone in court and cause that person to disappear. It's because of you that we were released the next day. Thank you! We are a huge, mighty force, and I am glad that we are realizing this and I am glad to be one with you" - a man in the crowd could be heard shouting, "We are citizens!"
Caught in the Flytrap of Tehran - Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2013
The history comes to mind following a speech last week by Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president-elect and reputed moderate. Addressing a group called the "Assembly of the Pioneers for Jihad and Martyrdom," Mr. Rouhani made an overture to Iranians living abroad who wanted to make their peace with the regime. "Those [Iranians] who are ready to return should have the way paved for them, since repentance is for everyone," he said, according to a report by Radio Farda.
Decree targets online freedoms in Vietnam - Committee to Protect Journalists, July 22, 2013
According to a Radio Free Asia report, the decree prohibits using the Internet to "go against the state of the socialist republic of Vietnam, jeopardize national security or social order, damage national unity, issue war propaganda, carry out acts of terrorism, create hatred between ethnic groups ... or reveal state secrets, including those related to the military, security, and foreign affairs."
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy barred from poll - South China Morning Post, July 23, 2013
In an interview with Radio Free Asia on Friday the French-educated former banker warned that demonstrations might break out if he is not allowed to stand. "If I can't participate, after the elections all the Cambodian people will protest and the whole international community will condemn the result and regard this as a sham election," Sam Rainsy was quoted as saying.
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Cambodian election council rejects opposition chief's request to run - Xinhua, July 22, 2013
Sam Rainsy told the U.S.-backed Radio Free Asia (RFA) on Friday that if he is to be barred from contesting the upcoming election, he will not recognize any victory by Prime Minister Hun Sen's CPP in the polls.
Egypt's Foreshadow, Once And Again - The Chatanoogan, July 22, 2013
A series of large demonstrations against the virtually all-Islamist government and its invalid constitution broke out at the anniversary of Mubarak's resignation, and, while these eventually died down, rose up again in June 2013 at Morsi's first anniversary in office. In time, there were millions of people (17 million according to Radio Sawa) out in the streets demanding Morsi's resignation, both for his and his party's attempts to Islamicize the country and their incompetence at governing the country and managing its economy, brought about in large part by their refusal to compromise and cooperate. When the military moved in and removed Morsi on July 3, they did so with the backing of those millions in the streets.
3 Americans killed in IED attack in Afghanistan - Washington Times, July 23, 2013
Three American military members were killed Tuesday in an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan, local authorities reported. The attack took place in Wardak province, outside the nation's capital city of Kabul, Voice of America reported. The soldiers were part of a NATO mission.
Metadata and NSA surveillance - Examiner, July 22, 2013
Snowden's revelations have also created a political rift between the U.S. and various other countries, particularly Russia, since it appears that he may get at least temporary asylum in that country. In fact, as the Voice of America reported today, Snowden may leave the Moscow airport by Wednesday.
Hired Chinese gang attacks Tibetan villagers in land dispute - Tibetan Review, July 23, 2013
Residents of a Chinese township in Gansu Province have on Jul 17 set an around 100-strong armed gang on a neighbouring Tibetan village in Qinghai Province to settle score over a long-running land dispute, severely injuring at least 17 Tibetans, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA, Washington) Jul 21. Such tactic is commonly employed by officials and builders in mainland China to illegally dispossess villagers of their commercially valuable land.
Over a dozen Tibetans hurt in clashes - The Times of India, July 23, 2013
At least 17 Tibetans have been injured in clashes with majority Han Chinese in China's Gansu province, the US-based Radio Free Asia reported. Tibetan areas in China often witness self-immolation by the Dalai Lama's supporters. But ethnic clashes are rare.
Myanmar's radical Buddhist monk unhurt in bomb blast - Daily Times, July 23, 2013
Sources close to Wirathu could not be immediately reached for comment. However, the monk told Radio Free Asia's Burmese service that he had previously received a sound recording containing a threat to his life, which he believed was the voice of a Muslim cleric.
Mali Election: Problems Abound As The Pivotal Moment Approaches - International Business Times, July 23, 2013
For the past two weeks, a biometric ID card system of voter registration has encountered multiple problems, with many citizens complaining about long delays and confusing procedures. According to Voice of America, 7 million cards have already been handed out, leaving about 2 million yet to be disbursed as of Friday.
N. Korea kicks off mass games to mark 60th anniversary of Korean War armistice - Yonhap, July 23, 2013
Meanwhile, Radio Free Asia commented that the first mass games performance on Monday appeared to indicate the North's wish to point out traditionally close ties between Pyongyang and Beijing, as well as its desire for cordial relations with the rest of the international community.
It's a boy for Prince William and Kate as social media spreads the news in an instant - Culture Map Houston, July 22, 2013
Such has the Twitter world been focusing on the royal birth that Voice of America reports that within minutes of news breaking that Kate Middleton was going into labor, 200 tweets a minute were being posted with the words "Kate" and "labor."
Kazakh Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive - Green Prophet, July 22, 2013
"Small kids come every day singing," Lola Yunusova from Tashkent told Radio Free Europe. "We give them money. But when the same children come every day, we say, 'That's enough. Don't come again.' Many parents don't allow their children to go out singing and neither do we. They are like beggars. Nobody likes them. They pound on your door and keep ringing the doorbell. When you come out, there are usually three or four of them shouting, 'Blah, blah, blah, blah...give us some money.'"
Gulag historian, survivor dies - Moscow News, July 23, 2013
In [Anton Antonov-Ovseyenko's] last years, he saw attempts to whitewash Stalin's legacy. "The sad thing is that now there is a new wave of reviving the cult of Stalin, of worshipping him," he told Radio Liberty in 2005. "There is a new Stalinization."