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21 May 2018

Making Japan's hot springs more friendly for LGBT folks

"This is the first time I've entered a communal bath in 13 years. It made me so happy!”

20 May 2018

Photo essay: Stateless in the former Soviet republic of Georgia

"Citizenship is all I need to heal the scar of not belonging."

19 May 2018

Netizen Report: What do Iran, Pakistan and Russia have in common? They all ban Telegram.

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

Asunción, Paraguay: A city in transformation that is excluding its residents

"They do not want us here. They want an alternative Asunción, one where those in need are not in sight."

18 May 2018

Hungary’s regime is exporting instability and propaganda to the Balkans

An investigation by Macedonia's Nova TV has uncovered strong financial and ownership ties between a number of Macedonian right-wing news outlets and associates of Hungary's ruling party.

Was Bangkok Post editor Umesh Pandey fired for mismanagement or political pressure?

Advox

"I rather lose my position than to bow my head."

Kazakhstan's hunt for supporters of tycoon Ablyazov gets absurd and goes abroad

From blue balloon scares to arrests in neighbouring countries, the chase gets more farcical as it gets more serious.

17 May 2018

Yangon police and a group of ‘nationalists’ violently dispersed a peace march in Myanmar

"Who were those self-proclaimed “citizens” and why did the police officers present turn a blind eye when they attacked?"

Greece's parliament passes bill allowing child fostering by same-sex couples

The bill seeks, generally, to reduce the red tape which resulted in candidate parents and children trapped for years in bureaucratic limbo.

Pakistan Chief Justice's notice produces some hope for Hazara protections

"Finally voice of Hazara people heard. Army chief gives assurance of security and safety. Chief Justice takes notice of the killing of Hazara. Took us several years. Extremely shameful."

16 May 2018

Japanese high school girls wear badges warning would-be train gropers: ‘I'm not going to take it!

"We want the idea that 'you must have been doing something to attract a chikan' to stop!"

Nepal’s Kami Rita climbs Mount Everest for a record 22nd time

"Summiting Everest? It's just like another daily chore."

Following pressure by security forces, Beirut Pride 2018 is “suspended for the time being”

"Lebanon has always been known for respecting diversity and claims to be an inclusive country for ALL its citizens, despite their differences."

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of May 7-13, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 207 countries. Number 61 on the list? Kazakhstan. And number 19? Indonesia.

15 May 2018

A Beijing-Vatican deal could bolster China's persecution of religion, warns Hong Kong cardinal

"Any agreement on the side of the Vatican may be seen as collaboration with the government to persecute our own people; that’s terrible," says Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Trinidadian photographer Maria Nunes pays tribute to ‘Carnival dreamers and makers’ in new book

"For me it’s about immersion. It’s about going all out, no half way business. Also, as a photographer I see myself as a participant too, not a spectator."

Will Dominica's new environment minister address post-Hurricane Maria challenges?

"At present, too many people on the island lack information about what they can expect from the recovery programme and [...] begin to make a difference in their lives."

Family-run movie theater in northeast Thailand survives decades of changes

"We have always been adapting to people’s changing tastes. That’s why we redesigned the theater three times. Our business is family-run and our employees are mostly relatives."

Interview with Rosaly Lopes, a Brazilian NASA astronomer and the first woman to edit the journal founded by Carl Sagan

Her great inspiration? Francis Northcutt, the astronomer who, in 1970, helped to calculate the return route of Apollo 13.

Georgia's protests pit nightlife against nationalists

"We were on the cusp of civil confrontation!"

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