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27 June 2017

China's Great Firewall Grows Ever-Stronger As Virtual Private Networks Disappear

Global Voices Advocacy

"If one day I cannot climb over the wall, will you miss me?"

Colombians Send Love Letters to Guerrilla Fighters to Welcome Them Back Into Society

"The reality of the country hurts, but it is comforting to realize that all human beings, including those who have [...] caused so much damage, have something to teach us."

Satirical Cartoonists Take Aim at Bulgaria's Media Distribution ‘Monopoly’

"When holding this newspaper is a reason for jealousy. There is expression, but no freedom. #Prass-Press"

A Win for Citizen Activism After UNESCO Asks Macedonia to Stop All Construction Projects on Lake Ohrid

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is the oldest lake in the European continent but the previous Macedonian government wanted the natural heritage area to be converted into a mega resort.

In China, an Antagonistic Anti-Refugee Stance Finds Support Online

Netizens bullied Yao Chen, a famous Chinese actress who is the UN Refugee Agency’s first Goodwill Ambassador in China, and rejected the idea of taking in refugees.

26 June 2017

Iran's Revolution In Waiting

The Bridge

Without the active presence of justice in all its forms, it will remain impossible for any Iranian government to achieve coexistence among all of the country’s ethnic nations.

Mexico's Drug War Makes Everyone a Target

Global Voices Advocacy

The rise in use of digital surveillance tools has become part and parcel of Mexico's ongoing internal armed conflict.

An Angolan Governor Loses His Job After Criticizing His Own Political Party in an Interview

Isaac Maria dos Anjos, ex-governor of the Angolan provínce of Benguela, is famous for his criticisms of the ruling MPLA party.

Is the End Near for Telegram in Russia?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Blocking Telegram in Russia would surely decrease its popularity, but there is no guarantee that it will help stifle communication among violent extremist groups.

25 June 2017

False Rumors of a Collapsed Tunnel in Madagascar Raise Questions about Cybercrime and Punishment

Global Voices Advocacy

Moral of the story so far: No one is anonymous behind his screen; don’t take everything that is said on the internet at face value.

Romania Seeks to Draw Lines Around Notions of Family

The Bridge

But as shown by the increasing numbers of children with parents working abroad, the lines are already being redrawn by economic pressures.

Kazakhs Ridicule ‘Self-Made Man’ Puff Portrait of Presidential Grandson

"While the man toils towards the welfare of Kazakhstan, his policies are something that every prominent person can emulate."

24 June 2017

Transgender Woman Speaks on Chechnya's Persecutions and Life Pre-Kadyrov

"The man ran away. The women called an ambulance. I learned at the hospital that I had two stab wounds in my right lung."

Meet the Saudi Woman Who Ignited a Firestorm When She Got Behind the Wheel

Challenging prohibitions on driving in Saudi Arabia is no easy task.

In a Guardian Story About an Environmental Conflict in Kenya, the White Saviour Rides Again

The Bridge

The Guardian's portrayal of an Italian expat as the central figure in a noble fight to save the environment from local hordes erases the complex reality of a Kenyan region.

How Balkan Egyptians Are Asserting Their Identity and Fighting Discrimination in Macedonia

"Our community is just a small part of the Balkan cultural mosaic, but nevertheless it provides important contribution to the overall European diversity."

23 June 2017

Remembering Native American Civil Rights Pioneer, Lehman Brightman

The Bridge

Brightman was a key figure in many important acts of Native American resistance, including the takeover of Alcatraz Island and the occupation of Mount Rushmore.

Netizen Report: Arrest and Web Censorship Spark Online Protests in Palestine

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists expose Mexico's multi-million dollar surveillance market, spy tech threatens Chinese jaywalkers and Twitter suspends Venezuelan state supporters.

The 1944 Thiaroye Massacre in Senegal, a Shameful Episode of the French Colonial Period in Africa

"In 1944, African soldiers, liberators of France, were massacred by... France itself. These African servicemen had committed only one crime: that of being African."

June and July Mark the Anniversary of the Wartime Destruction of Japan's Cities

Bombing raids systematically targeted Japan's cities for complete and utter destruction in June and July 1945.

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