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19 February 2017

Fleeing the Shells of War, Kachin Civilians Struggle Against Freezing Cold in North Myanmar

Almost 2,000 fled their villages after recent skirmishes between the Kachin Independence Army and the Myanmar army

Aussie Media Cop Criticism for Coverage of Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist's Meltdown

"Please consider the impact of sustained coverage on the #mentalhealth of a celebrity – important to be respectful." #GrantHackett

Whale-Themed ‘Suicide Groups’ Present Opportunity for Internet Crackdown in Central Asia

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite no clear link to actual suicides in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, authorities are dreaming up restrictions.

Thousands Joined ‘Walk for Life’ to Protest Extrajudicial Killings and Revival of Death Penalty in the Philippines

"If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We should match it with non-violence."

18 February 2017

Islamist Groups Demand Removal of Sculpture in Front of Supreme Court in Bangladesh

Authorities have less than a week to respond to a request that top officials and social media users alike are arguing is unreasonable.

Controversial ‘Crashing Airplane’ Advertisement Stirs Serbian Presidential Elections Debate

"No one in political history has released a [campaign ad] showing he's ready to take citizens to their deaths if they don't do his bidding."

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Global Voices Advocacy

State-sponsored Iranian hackers targetting civil human rights users have a new virus targeting Apple computers.

Uproar After a Syrian Judge Says Taking a Second Wife Could Fix ‘Spinsterhood’

"[The decreasing number of men] exacerbates the problem and negatively affects young women and families, given the social norms that stigmatize unmarried women, divorcees, or even widows."

17 February 2017

Divisions and Danger Loom Ahead of Turkey's Upcoming Referendum

On social media, hundreds of "No" Facebook pages have popped up, with humour deployed in the face of strident state propaganda.

Facebook Gives a Voice to Missing People in Mexico

Families in Mexico searching desperately for missing loved ones are turning to social media and other digital platforms as an effective way to get the word out.

Belgrade Mayor’s Ex-Wife Reignites Political Scandal With Bombshell Interview

The ex-wife of Belgrade's mayor gave a bombshell interview this week, making waves across Serbia, implicating her former husband in a political firestorm.

Award-Winning Hong Kong Political Cartoonist Refuses Self-Censorship

"You speculate that the government may sue the publisher, and so decide to censor the work. The whole incident goes against my principles."

16 February 2017

Here Are Some of the Southeast Asian Artifacts in the Met Museum's Public Domain Collection

"Since our audience is really the three billion internet-connected individuals around the world, we need to think big about how to reach these viewers..."

‘We Need to Normalize HIV Now, Not Tomorrow,’ Says One Chilean Artist

"I have HIV. I am a person."

What It's Like to Drive for Uber in Russia

RuNet Echo

Last month, writing for the popular news site TJournal, Denis Gavrilov interviewed several Uber drivers in Russia, learning about their work, their habits, and of course their passengers.

15 February 2017

An American Artist Is Inking ‘RESIST’ Tattoos for Good Causes

"...it's our collective responsibility to make sure they're positive and progressive steps towards a brighter future for EVERYONE."

Battle of the Hashtags: Mapping the Online Conversation Surrounding Mexico's Gas Prices

Global Voices Advocacy

In the wake of protests following Mexico's hike in gas prices, social media has become a battlefield over the propagation of false stories.

Mystery Oil-Like Substance Pollutes Macedonia and Albania's Lake Ohrid

It's just one of a long list of threats to Europe's oldest lake that are putting its World Heritage designation in jeopardy.

Please Drink in and Inhale These Unusual Superstitions Before You Visit Kyrgyzstan

Pour tea sparingly, wave money at a full moon, burn plenty of pine needles and tell your nightmares to running water.

Kenyan President's #DabChallenge Backfires After Critics Create #DabOfShame

"Kenyans are suffering with this drought and all we are asked to do is dab #DabOfShame"

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