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21 October 2017

‘Super Typhoon’ Threatens Japan, Japanese Elections

A "super typhoon"--equivalent to a category five hurricane--is threatening Japan and the country's general election.

Some Kashmiris Think Indian Authorities Are Behind Braid-Chopping Attacks Against Women

"Some people believe that it is the revival of old tactics of New Delhi, creating fear psychosis in the public to divert them from the sentiment of freedom."

The Femicide in Mexico by a ‘Cabify’ Driver That Shook Latin America

"#IfTheyKillMe I'm sure it will be for having been to a concert or to the theatre at night, I'm sure it will be my fault for enjoying my life."

20 October 2017

Netizen Report: Will Egypt’s Jailed Activists Ever See Justice?

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

In Nepal, Every Dog Has Its Day—and That Day Is Called Kukur Tihar

"Reverence to every creature is the basic norms of Hindu mythology. Today is the day of Dog in Nepal. Happy 'Kukur Tihar' (Dog worshiping)"

19 October 2017

Philippines: Human Rights Groups Ask Apple to Reject Games Glorifying President Duterte's War on Drugs

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is unacceptable that Apple is tolerant to making profit out of people’s unjust deaths and misery".

Balkan Pride Parades Highlight Growing Support for LGBT Rights (and Politicians Are Taking Notice)

Serbia's openly gay prime minister became the 'first head of government to attend a Balkan Pride event.' Cynics see her appointment, however, as a move to impress the European Union.

18 October 2017

A Conversation With the Founder of the Israeli Legal Clinic for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law

Transitional justice -- is this the future for the laws of conflict? Here is our interview with Yaël Vias Gvirsman, founder of Israel's first International Criminal and Humanitarian Legal Clinic.

Ethiopia’s Parliament Speaker Resigns Over ‘Disrespect’ to Oromo People. Is the Balance of Power Shifting?

"...his resignation is like throwing a gasoline to the fire that is already out of control. It is a historical step that signals and symbolizes end of OPDO's submission..."

17 October 2017

Mozambicans Want to Know If Militant Group al-Shabaab Was Behind Police Post Attacks

"*MOZAMBICAN BROTHERS*…Do not fall in the trap, do not fall for the bait of the exploiter… What happened in the north of the country aims to create war..."

One Activist's Vision of a Feminist Democracy for Catalonia

"I would like to continue thinking that I tried to create a revolution in the best way I knew how."

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

What's at Stake in Japan's Snap Election? The Country's ‘Peace Constitution’, for One

Japan votes on October 22. The campaign has seen the disintegration of one political party, and the birth of two new ones, plus plans to change the 'peace constitution.'

Was the Anti-Kleptocracy Rally That Gathered Thousands in Malaysia a Success or Failure?

"...the speakers were too heavy on condemnations of corruption, kleptocracy...instead of saying more about how a Pakatan government, if elected, will deal with issues..."

15 October 2017

Syrian Architects Challenge ‘Post-War’ Reconstruction with Real-Time Designs

"You as architects, planners sometimes draw beautiful drawings, but every line you put on your drawing will decide who gets to come back and who doesn’t get to come back."

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

Not Without a Fight: The Battle for Affordable Housing in Cape Town

The Bridge

For many residents of Cape Town, South Africa—a city often touted for its quality of life—the legacy of segregation and spatial apartheid persists in a tangible and powerful way.

14 Tweets from Kyrgyzstan's Colourful, Competitive and Concerning Presidential Vote

A real election in a region where that doesn't usually happen.

‘When You Write a Song About Racism, It's a Big Deal’

Songs of resistance are at the core of Songhoy Blues' latest album "Résistance." The band hails from Mali and tackles issues like racism and voter apathy.

14 October 2017

Climate Change Is Claiming Aspen Groves—and the History of Basque Immigrants in the US

Basque sheep herders left their mark in remote forests across the American West across nearly a century. Now their words are being lost to climate change.

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