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29 November 2015

How Many People Win the Nobel Peace Summit Award and a Latin Grammy in the Same Week?

Hip hop artist René Pérez has lent his voice to numerous causes over the years, such as the release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

Thoughts on Women, Power, Privilege and Black Friday Videos in Pakistan

The Bridge

Privilege and power exist on a spectrum and the video only made me question the conditions that could create this madness in Pakistan.

To the World, He's Malaysia's Most Famous Political Prisoner. To His Daughter, He's Simply ‘My Dear Papa’

Nurul Hana Anwar channeled her sadness into a recently published book, "My Dear Papa". The collages inside offer a deeply personal picture of her father Anwar Ibrahim.

Will Indonesia’s Police Circular on Hate Speech Suppress Freedom of Expression?

Global Voices Advocacy

"This hands the police a powerful weapon, allowing it to decide what can and cannot be categorized as hate speech, and is absolutely problematic and dangerous."

Kyrgyzstan Torn Between Russia and Turkey Over Plane Spat

As the Moscow-Ankara standoff continues, the small countries in the pair's respective spheres of influence have tough choices to make.

When in Doubt, Ask Yourself “What Would the Tanzanian President Do?”

Tanzania's President John Magufuli's radical measures to save money have led to a humorous trending hashtag, #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.

28 November 2015

In Malaysia, One Daughter's Long Wait for Her Father’s Return

When the Malaysian government imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim, they did not just take away his political career. They also took away a grandfather, a father and a husband.

Life for Bolivian Children in Prison Is Rough, But It Might Soon Improve

Bolivia is possibly the only country in the world that sometimes imprisons children and teenagers with their parents, while the latter serve out sentences for criminal convictions.

27 November 2015

The Big Laughs of Mexico's ISIS Threat

Far from showing fear, Mexicans have flooded the Internet with sarcastic jokes and dark comedy about the apparent threat from ISIS.

Australians Unite to Tackle Family Violence on White Ribbon Day 2015

"More than needing sympathy, those experiencing family violence need well funded services, decent housing, strong social welfare"

President Duda's Controversial Pardon Has Not Put Poles in a Forgiving Mood

Earlier this month, just a day after the new Polish government was sworn in, President Duda made the controversial decision to pardon Mariusz Kamiński, a member of Duda's former party.

Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done

"Lost in all the the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"

26 November 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Tweets Commentary on Global Conflicts, Blaming the US

"[Supreme] Leader in meeting with Russian president: America always try to put rivals in status of passiveness but you neutralized this policy."

Stranded Migrants, Syrian Refugees and Street Sexual Harassment Hit Costa Rican Headlines

Three events have caused Costa Rica to hit the headlines in Central America in mid November. Let's see what it was about.

Two Russian Lawmakers Want to Ban Homosexuality in Public. This Is How They'd Do It.

RuNet Echo

Many expected officials to strike down a 2013 law banning "gay propaganda," but they didn't. A new proposal, meanwhile, is an even more glaring affront to Russians' fundamental rights.

Commonwealth Youth Demand That Leaders Stop Talking and Act

The Commonwealth youth leaders meeting in Malta want their governments to walk the talk.

Ahmadi Muslims Once Again Become a Target for Violence in Pakistan

"We bleat about the West callously turning back refugees while we sit in abject silence at continued Ahmadi persecution in Pakistan."

‘If There Is One Thing the Angolan Government Is Scared of, It Is People’

Read part two of an interview with Laurinda Gouveia, who is accused of inciting rebellion against the Angolan government for participating in a book group.

25 November 2015

Iranian Cartoonist Who Drew Sadness of Paris Attacks Jailed

It's not the first time Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari has been a target for arrest.

With Messaging Apps Still Banned, Bangladeshis Turn to Tor (and Twitter)

Global Voices Advocacy

It is not clear whether the government has blocked the Facebook portal or banned the use of Facebook altogether.

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