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24 August 2017

A Look at Some of Syria's Destroyed Heritage

"This is like blowing up the Taj Mahal or destroying the Acropolis in Athens. This is a disaster."

Global Support for Five Thai Academics Charged with Violating Ban on Political Assemblies

"How can we achieve reform when the state still treats those who voice concern about public issues as its enemies?"

23 August 2017

Men’s Relay Team Gives Trinidad & Tobago an Early Independence Day Gift With Historic IAAF Win

Trinidad and Tobago's 2017 IAAF 4x400 relay team made history by winning the country's first ever gold in that event -- and mustered up some regional love into the bargain!

22 August 2017

Is Rio de Janeiro at War? Its Residents Debate

A newspaper decided to create 'war pages' to cover Rio's rising violence numbers and cases. The decision raised questions if it does any good for Rio itself.

Serbia and Macedonia at War? The Headlines Say So, But Citizens Disagree

While Serbian politicians and pro-government media step up war-mongering rhetoric against Macedonia, the common citizens on both sides of the border refuse to get drawn into the fray.

20 August 2017

Why French Muslim Comedian Samia Orosemane Says She's Like a UFO

"I try to be as useful as possible. If I can create bridges where there are walls, I’m very happy."

A New Documentary Shows the Human Side of Male Sex Work in Japan

"The clients are powerful," says one interviewee in "Boys For Sale." "I end up giving in... So no matter what the customer forces me to do. I cannot really refuse."

Cambridge University Publisher Removes 300 Academic Articles for the China Market

' If this is what they demand, CUP should give up its China- based site and carry on elsewhere. '

19 August 2017

Afghan Asylum Seekers’ Anti-Deportation Protest in Stockholm Marks Two Weeks

"Stop deporting minors. Or even better, stop all deportation of refugees."

A New App Wants to Help the Blind ‘See’ the Solar Eclipse

“Nothing is ever just visual, really. And [this] just proves that point again.”

Dear Tanzanian Cinephiles, Your Local Film Industry Needs Your Support

The Bridge

Tanzania is blessed with countless stories and young people who are craving to tell them. But they need their compatriots' support in order to succeed.

18 August 2017

Seventy-Two Years Later, Japan Remembers the End of a Devastating War

Prime Minister Abe's remarks on the anniversary of the end of World War II did not express Japan's guilt. The emperor's remarks expressed feelings of "deep remorse".

A Kenyan Artist Designs Revolutionary ‘Kanga’ Celebrating Queer Love Around the World

The Bridge

"We need to open up a space to talk more about sex, and then artists like me want to open that up even more, to talk about queerness."

In Paraguay, Your Health Data and Credit Records Can Be Used Against You

Global Voices Advocacy

The uncontrolled use of personal data means your financial past and health information can be used against you when applying for jobs, enrolling in schools and much more...

Malaysian Political Cartoonist Zunar Sues Police for Unlawful Arrest, Seizure of Books

Global Voices Advocacy

"You can ban my books, you can ban my cartoons, but you cannot ban my mind. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink."

Netizen Report: US Tech Company Bans White Supremacist Group for Being ‘Assholes’

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.

InfoBus Provides Remaining Calais Asylum Seekers and Migrants With WiFi and Information

Rising Voices

Dismantling the Jungle has not gotten rid of the migrants in Calais. An organization is helping those that remain to communicate by providing Wifi access, portable devices, and information.

17 August 2017

In Tunisia's ‘State of Emergency’, a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse — With Impunity

Global Voices Advocacy

Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

Palestinian Journalists Become First Targets of Controversial Cybercrime Law

Global Voices Advocacy

The journalists were accused of "leaking information to hostile entities" under a newly-adopted cybercrime law.

Banning School-Going Mums Probably Won't Reduce Teen Pregnancy in Tanzania

President John Magufuli has chastised NGOs in Tanzania for encouraging teenage mothers to go back to school, stating that they were leading to a state of "moral decay" in Tanzania.

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