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25 May 2017

Kaqchikel and Other Guatemalan Languages Gain Momentum Online Thanks to Digital Activism

Rising Voices

The Digital Activism Meeting for Indigenous Languages took place in Guatemala and brought together important initiatives for the visibility and strengthening of Mayan languages through technology.

Netizen Report: In India and Jamaica, Women Face Threats for Resisting Misogyny Online

Global Voices Advocacy

In Malaysia and Azerbaijan, officials go after media for political coverage. Meanwhile, with major social media sites banned, Kashmiris have turned to local platform KashBook.

The Election of Dr. Tedros as WHO Director-General Isn't Exactly Uniting Ethiopians

"You won a free election, congratulations. Now, why don't you try that here in #Ethiopia?!"

The Long and Winding Road of Chile's Gender Identity Law

After four years of parliamentary process, Chile's Gender Identity Law goes to the Senate. And there are some big problems with the legislation.

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Global Voices Advocacy

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

Cries of Impunity as Macedonia's ‘Bloody Thursday’ Parliament Attackers Get Suspended Sentences

According to members of the security forces who spoke anonymously to journalists, the attackers planned to execute people, but were deterred by the eyewitnesses filming the event on their phones.

‘We Can Finally Get Married!': Taiwan to Become First Asian Country to Recognise Gay Marriage

Taiwan's constitutional court ordered the legislature to either amend the Civil Code or introduce new provisions to recognise same-sex marriage within two years.

Is the Belt and Road Project the Answer to China's Economic Woes? Some Aren't So Sure.

"...the risk for bad debt is huge. While other countries can easily back down from the initiative, as the leader of the initiative, China will be the last to quit."

24 May 2017

Following Uproar, Shia Leader Tries to Make Amends With Iraq's Christian Community

Past comments by Alaa al-Moussawi sparked a number of lawsuits by Christian Iraqi families for disturbing the plurality of Iraq. He has since apologized.

When a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Wrong Words

NewsFrames

The story of how a photo of a horrific accident in the Democratic Republic of Congo seven years ago took on a life of its own. WARNING: Contains violent images.

A Russian University Wanted to Award Duterte an Honorary Doctorate, but He Flew Home Too Soon

RuNet Echo

One of Russia’s most prestigious universities planned to award controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte an honorary doctorate, but he left the country before the ceremony could take place, Russian media...

New Database Aims to Track Rights Violations of Caribbean's Most Vulnerable Communities

The Caribbean has just launched its first online database aimed at tracking human rights violations and providing data to assist advocacy work.

Why Trump's Hostile Handshake Routine Was No Big Deal for Tajikistan's President

Never try to strong-arm the strongman.

23 May 2017

A Wikipedia Made for—and by—the Atikamekw First Nation in Canada

Rising Voices

An ongoing project, funded by the Wikimedia Foundation, is working with the Atikamekw community to develop Wikipedia content in their own language.

Flooding Washes Up Jamaica’s Poor Planning and Environmental Practices

Changing weather patterns, poor planning and development, inadequate drainage, and careless waste disposal converge to create disaster zones in Jamaica after just three days of heavy rains.

22 May 2017

Russia's State Duma Invites a YouTube Star to Speak

RuNet Echo

A woman who once submerged herself in a bathtub filled with potato chips for her 5 million YouTube subscribers, Sasha Spilberg addressed the State Duma this Monday.

Mumbai Technologists Are Using TV Spectrum to Bring More Internet Access to India

Global Voices AdvocacyRising Voices

Poor Internet infrastructure leaves the vast majority of Indians limited to mobile Internet only, making it difficult to engage deeply with Internet technology.

Diaspora* and Other Free Software Are Available in the Occitan Language, Thanks to Volunteer Translators

Rising Voices

"I don’t like when people decide that one language has more value than another. In my opinion, every language is as equal as the next."

In Japan, Plastic Food Models Aren't Just for Restaurants Anymore

"Is there anyone out there who is going to say, "Wow, cool, I can customize my smartphone case with salmon roe?" I think I'll be the only one."

Russian Crooner Joins Effort to Attract Tourists to War-Torn Eastern Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Nearly three years into the war in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics are making a renewed attempt to attract foreign tourists to their Russian-backed statelets.

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