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30 September 2016

In Defense of My Right to Abortion in Macedonia

The Bridge

Choosing not to bear a child for whom a nurturing environment cannot be guaranteed isn't a denial of responsibility— it's the ultimate assumption of responsibility for oneself and the world.

Pakistani Actors in Bollywood Receive Hate as the India-Pakistan Diplomatic Tussle Escalates

"...culture and art and sport should be without boundaries and borders. These are the two areas which bring people together and encourage understanding of other cultures."

French Diversity Raises an Eyebrow at Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘Our Ancestors Are the Gauls’ Declaration

"When you're six years old and you read that your ancestors were Gauls, with fair hair and blue eyes... it wasn't only us who giggled, it was the teacher, too.”

29 September 2016

Mexico's Attorney General Secretly Purchased Costly Spyware (Again)

Global Voices Advocacy

The Mexican government, for many years, allocated millions of dollars to acquiring highly intrusive digital spy technology without being transparent on how they were using it.

Facebook Live Video Triggers Presidential Controversy in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago's President Anthony Carmona held a press conference on September 28 to respond to claims against his office, but many questions remain unanswered.

Kuwait Detains Activist Sara Al-Drees for Insulting the Country's Ruler

Global Voices Advocacy

The pro-democracy activist has previously served jail time for the same charge.

Khodorkovsky Announces ‘Open Media’ Project To Support Investigative Journalism Startups

RuNet Echo

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's "Open Media" project will provide as much as 30 million rubles in support to investigative journalism startups.

Luxury ‘Mosquito-Sized’ Flats Are Not Good News for Hong Kong's Poor

"I believe that this is not only a problem related to poverty, but also a significant social problem."

28 September 2016

Russian TV Airs ‘Separatist Coca-Cola’ Prank Video As Real News Footage

RuNet Echo

A practical joke published on YouTube has made it to network television in Russia, where it was aired as real footage of ethnic tension in Ukraine.

Puerto Rican Unity, a Bright Spot in the Darkness of an Archipelago-Wide Blackout

The blackout meant hardship for Puerto Ricans, but it also brought out the best qualities of many.

‘When Your Palms Itch, You Will Receive Money’, and Other African Myths

Africans are sharing common myths they've heard on Twitter under the hashtag #100AfricanMyths.

A Bangladeshi Man Who Knows Hunger All Too Well Provides Affordable Meals for Children in Need

"There was a time when I used to wait in the long lines in front of the temple for a little food," says one of the founders of the venture.

Fidencio Sanchez’s Inspiring Story Highlights the Best of Social Media—and the Plight of Latino Immigrants

"At a time when Donald Trump is calling Mexican immigrants drug dealers and rapists, the image of this hard-working Mexican immigrant has become a defiant symbol that challenges hateful stereotypes."

Vietnamese Land Activist Cấn Thị Thêu Has Braved Violence, Arrest and Prison

"I will live in a way that they will see that their brutality will never threaten our will to fight. We will hold on to our land until the end."

Jordanian Government Ignores Public Backlash, Signs Gas Deal With Israel

Despite significant opposition, Jordan signs controversial gas deal with Israel. Protests planned for this Friday could determine the agreement's future.

A Lavish Iranian TV Series Revises the History of the 1953 Coup for the Post-Nuclear Deal Age

The Bridge

Iran's 1953 coup d'état is widely depicted as a rupture in the modern history of Iran. It is also a Pandora’s box filled with contested narratives.

27 September 2016

Trinidad & Tobago's Deadline for Passing US Tax Legislation Looms as Politicians ‘Play Games’

"In essence, every bank in the world will become non-paid informants of the IRS."

Uzbekistan's Late President Islam Karimov Leaves an Enduring and Terrifying Legacy

The Bridge

Unlike his regional counterparts he didn't build a cult of personality, but while in power Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov exercised an iron-fisted control over his citizens—and over narratives about the country.

Artist Draws Attention to the Plight of Child Laborers and Young Women in Myanmar

"Art becomes more important for the people to see and feel the reality, and motivate them to make changes in society."

‘No Embarrassment’ Photo Exhibition in Moscow Ends Early Under Pressure From Conservative Activists

RuNet Echo

Conservative activists pressured the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow to close Jock Sturges' photo exhibition, arguing that his work violated Russia's laws against child pornography.

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