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30 July 2016

Pampulha Ensemble, Precursor to Brasilia, Gets UNESCO World Heritage Status

The Pampulha Ensemble, as well as Brazil's capital Brasília, were designed by the country's late-great modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer.

Why the Russians Don't Care About Trump, Clinton, and the DNC Hack

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo asked more than a dozen leading RuNet voices to offer their interpretations of why most RuNet users seem not to care about allegations that Moscow hacked the DNC.

Ignorance About Transgender Identities in the US and Mexico and the Challenges of Winning Asylum

A recent report highlights transgender human rights abuses in Mexico, and how the US immigration system has made accessing asylum particularly difficult.

A Melting Pot of Global Music, Compiled from Haiti's Past

Ostinato Record's newest compilation brings together two decades of Haitian grooves from a pivotal time in the island's musical history.

29 July 2016

Kyrgyzstan in War of Words (and Billboards) Over Women's Clothing

For some it is about the Islam-secular divide. For others it is about men telling women how they should present their bodies.

It's an Eraser! It's a Pizza! No, It's Iran's Olympic Uniform

"Daesh has claimed responsibility for the design of Iran's Olympic uniform."

A Chinese Communist Party Ad Asks: ‘Who Am I?’ Social Media Responds: ‘Corrupt.’

"I am the one promoted, I am the one who enjoys privileges, I am the one you can never surpass, as you can never overthrow the party."

A Police Raid in Bangladesh Leaves Nine Suspected Militants Dead. ISIS or Not ISIS?

"What we have in Bangladesh is a curious case involving a terrorist group that publishes magazine articles to boast about its plans, while the government...keeps on blaming the opposition..."

28 July 2016

Iran Takes Aim at American Sanctions by Threatening Apple

Tehran threatens to ban all Apple products, if the company doesn't set up a local office, and experts say it's to weaken US sanctions now restricting investment flows into Iran.

A Documentary Shows Macedonian Students Are Still Living in Dismal Conditions, Despite Government Promises

"This is an everyday picture of a student who is not from the capital and does not have money to pay for an apartment."

27 July 2016

Ugandans Don't Want Their Government to Bail out Big Businesses

The privatisation of profit and socialisation of loss. Must we all pay for business failure when we didn't all share in the profits made?

Jalisco Moves to End Political Immunity and Usher In a New Kind of Politics for Mexico

"For many years they've told us we have to get used to the political class' privileges, but today in Jalisco we heard the historic call of society: no more impunity."

Critics of ‘Military Impunity’ Take On Indian-Administered Kashmir

In recent weeks, there have been protests in Delhi and Calcutta, where demonstrators called for the revocation of two controversial laws, and the immediate demilitarisation of the Kashmir region.

How Economic Hardship Pushed a Tiny Town in Macedonia Into Becoming Pro-Trump

The news that the owners of a number of pro-Trump websites are Macedonians from the little town of Veles came as a surprise to many.

Playing Pokémon Go in China Is Not Easy, but Many Are Still Risking It

Global Voices Advocacy

Here are six things to keep in mind while playing Pokémon Go in China from our Northeast Asia editor Oiwan Lam.

26 July 2016

Is Malaysia's Prime Minister at the Centre of a Billion Dollar Corruption Lawsuit in America?

"I'm angry that the money is used like a personal bank account. More angry at the fact that Malaysian Official #1 is an untouchable here."

Disturbing Abu Ghraib-Style Abuse at a Juvenile Facility in Australia's Northern Territory

The Australian government is to set up a Royal Commission to look into the shocking abuse of children in a Northern Territory youth detention centre.

Political Conflict Triggers Turmoil in South Sudan, Leaving Hundreds Dead

An altercation involving President Salva Kiir and the Vice President Riek Machar, who have long been political rivals, swiftly unraveled into an armed conflict that lasted for several days.

This Classic Ukrainian Cartoon Can Help Parents Talk About Human Trafficking

Thanks to YouTube, almost half a century after it was first created, the Ukrainian cartoon series "How the Cossacks.." is making a global comeback.

So Long, Phone Companies. Mexico’s Indigenous Groups Are Getting Their Own Telecoms.

Rising Voices

For the first time in history, the Mixe, Mixteco, and Zapoteco populations will get licenses to operate a telecommunications network for indigenous communities to access cellular and Internet services.

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