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6 October 2015

Kabul Taxi is Blocked on Facebook. Long Live Kabul Taxi!

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook and the government of Afghanistan combined to put the breaks on a popular online vehicle for political satire. But public demand for more is insatiable.

Solar Power Is Booming in India, But Will It Reach Those Who Need It Most?

As renewable energy ramps up, entrepreneurs work to bring its benefits to the 300 million citizens who lack electricity.

5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

RuNet Echo

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

Portrait of Nobel Literary Prize Winner Pablo Neruda Sparks Debate About Rape Culture in Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda included an account of a rape in his memoir. Now, an artist reimagines the author's memoir with a new title, "I Confess That I Have Raped."

Musicians Protest Over Hong Kong Metro's ‘Tone Deaf’ Enforcement of Luggage Rules

"Hong Kong people should protect children’s right to learn music. In the past it was allowed to carry musical instruments into stations. Why not now?"

The Self-Ruling Indigenous People of Cherán, Mexico, Celebrate Their First Government Transition

"Our people will continue on, united in our defence of nature, security, dignity, and animals, because we are an ancestral and learned people who have lived on these lands."

4 October 2015

Uncovering Attempts to Hide Oil's Footprints in Peru (Part II)

Convoca, an investigative reporting outlet in Peru, has gained access to hydrocarbons environmental monitoring reports, which were not made public and were ignored by the last three administrations.

#StopLumadKillings Campaign Demands Protection for Anti-Mining Tribes in Southern Philippines

"They are the bearers of our unique artistic traditions. Their murder is the murder of our peoples’ soul."

A Letter to the Rulers of Russia, From Oleg Kashin

RuNet Echo

On October 3, Oleg Kashin published an open letter addressed to Putin and Medvedev, where he discusses his case and the significance its abandonment has for Russia as a nation.

Why Young North Koreans Are Daring to Wear Skinny Jeans

Danbi is part of a generation of North Korean millennials who don't look to the country's leadership to provide for them in the same way their parents did.

Where Will China's Anti-Graft Campaign Go?

The Chinese government's anti-graft campaign, aimed at weeding out corrupt government officials, has been criticized for hindering economic growth and seen as an excuse to crack down on political opponents.

3 October 2015

Jamaicans to UK Prime Minister: Get Over Slavery? ‘You First.’

"David Cameron must listen with an open heart and mind to the call for reparations, and have the courage to do what is right."

Fears for Imprisoned Syrian Bassel Khartabil, Transferred to an Unknown Location

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists are calling upon the Syrian government to immediately release imprisoned Syrian-Palestinian blogger Bassel Khartabil (Safadi) after he was moved from his prison to an unknown location earlier today.

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

Kyrgyzstan's Youth ‘Against All’ on the Eve of Elections

As noisy electoral campaigns draw to a close many young Kyrgyzstanis have no interest in the October 4 parliamentary vote in their country.

2 October 2015

Kidnapped, But Sameera Is Ever-Present in the Memories of Syrians

The Bridge

Yasin Al Hajj Saleh is a teacher of hope. If he was able to smile in the face of hope, what is your excuse?

Thai Netizens Stage ‘Virtual Sit-in’ Against Single Internet Gateway Plan

Global Voices Advocacy

"The single benefit is to the government and security agencies. They will be able to secretly wiretap, filter, and censor everything that is sent and received by every Internet user."

Meet ‘Droncita,’ Mexico's First Graffiti-Artist Drone

On the first anniversary of the Iguala mass kidnapping, Droncita's first act was to graffiti a portrait of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, demanding his resignation.

Man's Beating Death Casts Harsh Light on India's Beef Politics

"Some get rich by exporting #beef, some die for consuming it? What warped & perverse nationalism is this ban fanning?"

A Quake-Ravaged Nation Now Faces Indian Blockade. Welcome to Nepal.

Officials in Nepal have accused India of imposing an “unofficial economic blockade,” as it is preventing Indian trucks carrying supplies from entering Nepal near the Madhes border zone.

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