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24 October 2016

Saudi Mobile Data Quality Provokes National Protest Against Bad Service

Saudi social media users are protesting against the nation's wireless network operators' bad service and the continued blocking of VoIP apps that are supposed to be available for free.

Just How Welcome Are ‘Foreigners’ on Japanese Trains?

A private railway company in western Japan recently came under fire after a conductor apologized for the presence of “foreigners” on a train. And that was just the beginning.

Russian City Cuts Fuel to WWII Eternal Flame So Locals Won't Cook on It

RuNet Echo

Taganrog’s eternal flame isn’t burning today, and a local gas company official says it’s because he can’t guarantee that locals won’t roast sausages over the fire.

22 October 2016

Kyrgyzstan Is to Kok-Boru What Brazil Is to Football

The Bridge

The equestrian contact sport Kok-Buro is a test of skill and strength, and at the end of a game the players often get to eat the trophy.

A Short History of Halloween in Japan

Halloween in Japan has become a creepy tour de force. But trick-or-treating has never caught on. Why?

A Day in the Life of Immigration Limbo in the US

A mother who escaped gang violence with her children in El Salvador waits in Boston to know whether she and her family can stay in the US legally or not.

21 October 2016

An Indigenous Woman Could Be a Presidential Candidate in Mexico Two Years From Now

The extreme Mexican left hints at nominating an indigenous woman for the 2018 presidential election. Meanwhile, in Chiapas, women are forced to renounce their positions because of their gender.

Russian Search Engine Will Only List Top News Stories from State-Registered Media

RuNet Echo

Yandex is coming under pressure to register with Roskomnadzor, the state agency that regulates Russian media.

Ecuador Workshop Connects Digital Activists for the Good of the Kichwa Language On the Internet

Rising Voices

In an effort to bring together digital activists in Ecuador, a recent workshop was held in Otavalo to continue the movement to promote the Kichwa language online.

Netizen Report: As Protests Rage in Ethiopia, Zone9 Bloggers Return to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

In Venezuela, Indigenous Communities’ Struggles With Mining Are Far From Over

"With this decree, illegal mining in the Caura becomes legalized. Now they are definitely going to kill us."

Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

The huge sum of money spent canceling an order for new Airbuses could have funded a whole lot more.

20 October 2016

Peace Activist Khurram Parvez's Illegal Detention in Kashmir Valley May Be Proof He's “Doing Something Right”

The Bridge

After his arrest on September 15, Parvez was charged under the Public Safety Act and sent to a prison facility nearly 300 kilometers from his family and legal counsel.

Indigenous, Student and Afro Communities in Colombia Are Not Taking ‘No’ for an Answer

Communities from the most affected areas in Colombia's armed conflict took the streets of the capital to protest against the results of the referendum and support the peace agreement.

A Lack of Open Space Forces Kids in One Mumbai Suburb to Play in a Dirty Field

“We don’t tell our parents that we play here. They think we go to a proper ground to play. If they know...they will not let us out to play."

A Philippine Police Van Brutally Runs Over Indigenous and Minority Protesters Calling for Their Rights

"In our ancestral communities, the attacks are far worse...Everywhere we turn, we Lumads and other national minorities are brutalized."

Ghana's Opposition Party Is Running Wild With an Internet Challenge Surrounding a Juice Box

"Always love it when people turn their "misfortune" into a great success. That's what the #NPP has done with this #KalypoChallenge. Maturity"

Young Skaters in Rural South Africa Shred It Up in ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’

Skateboarding isn't popular in South Africa, especially in black communities. As one young Zulu puts it, "We are skateboarders because we want to live a life which is good...and awesome."

What Did Russia's Leading News Agency Tweet During the Final U.S. Presidential Debate?

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo recaps the debate-night tweets by one of Russia's biggest national news agencies to get an idea of what resonated in Moscow.

19 October 2016

Macedonia's Lake Ohrid Awaits You

The Bridge

Far from the frenzy of the capital, the cities of Ohrid, Struga and Bitola in southern Macedonia's offer history, culture, cuisine, biodiversity and some truly astounding landscapes.

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