Political Unrest
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Russia cracks down on anti-Putin protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/29/18, 11:54 am

Russian officials on Sunday released opposition leader Alexei Navalny hours after police arrested him, as thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across the country to protest the presidential election scheduled for March. Navalny had called for the protests and encouraged people to boycott the polls. Riot police wrestled him to the ground and pulled him into a police van shortly after he arrived at a protest in Moscow. “This means nothing,” Navalny tweeted from the van.

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Thinking for themselves

China | Surveys and interviews suggest young Chinese are less nationalistic than their parents
by June Cheng
Posted 1/25/18, 05:38 pm

When Jiang Zhongming, 30, studied abroad in New Mexico several years ago, he admired the patriotism the U.S. national anthem evoked in Americans. Personally, Jiang didn’t feel that same kind of patriotism for his home country of China.

While he knows a small number of very nationalistic Chinese citizens, he’s found that in general his peers are apathetic about the Chinese government as they focus on their own lives, jobs, and families. His experience contradicts a common narrative in Western media that portrays Chinese youth as more nationalistic than their parents.

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Signals of change

Iran | Protests in Iran have met censorship and brutality, but Christian broadcasters use daily media to spark lasting reformation
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/18/18, 12:06 am

It’s noon in Dallas and 8:30 in the evening in Tehran when Hormoz Shariat, founder of satellite television’s Iran Alive Ministries, steps to the camera to begin the station’s daily live satellite broadcast. The 62-year-old Iranian-American pastor, wearing rimless glasses and a suit and tie, strikes a friendly posture whether he is preaching to a large studio audience or seated in comfortable chairs with his co-hosts.

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