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25 September 2017

After Years of Cultural Appropriation, Mayan Weavers Want Legal Protection for Their Heritage

The Bridge

“...our work is not being valued [...] Rather, there has been an appropriation and a commodification of the culture and the designs.”

Ayotzinapa: It's Been Three Years Since 43 Students Disappeared in Mexico

Three years and three prosecutors later, calls for justice for the Ayotzinapa case have been drowned out in a sea of scandals surrounding the Mexican government.

Report Reveals a Company Linked to Paraguayan Minister Drives Deforestation in the Chaco Region

Investigators of the organization Earthsight revealed that the largest exporter of Paraguayan charcoal, a company associated with Paraguay's public works minister, deforests about 10 football fields of land per day.

Puerto Rico, Trapped Between Colonialism and Hurricanes

The Bridge

Irma and Maria's passing and aftermath have once again brought to light Puerto Rico’s primordial conundrum: colonialism.

Purple March Unites a Thousand Malaysian Women Against ‘Toxic Politics’

"It was quite a sight to behold. 1,000 people does not sound like a lot, but in Malaysia...protesting is not looked upon kindly..."

23 September 2017

Myanmar Government Vows to Address Refugee Crisis in Rakhine State, but Avoids Saying ‘Rohingya’

"Aung San Suu Kyi today demonstrated that she and her government are still burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State."

Is Ex-Soviet Georgia Backsliding on Justice?

The Bridge

While Georgia still scores respectably in international rule of law rankings, public confidence in the justice system is dipping.

22 September 2017

Saudi Arabia Eases Restrictions on Messaging Apps, But WhatsApp and Viber Are Still Blocked

Global Voices Advocacy

Since 2013, the Saudi government has partially or fully blocked chat and call applications including WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime.

Criticism of Trinidad & Tobago's State Enterprise System Follows Fraud Allegation Against Oil Supplier

"The State enterprise system is the vehicle by which the unholy facilitations are carried out [...] It has been destructive of honesty, accountability and transparency."

The Earthquake that Revealed Mexico's Strength and Solidarity

"A people's greatness is out there, in the streets. Face to face. Hands holding hands. Heartbeats that don't give up, and ask that others don't fade."

21 September 2017

Equatoguinean Artist Carmen Bolena Explores Her History and Identity Through Her Drawings

"All of this discovery was restorative for my troubled conscience. It no longer hurts to recognize that I am black. I am and I say it bursting with pride."

Are Hazardous Vapors Seeping Into Basements Across the United States?

The movement of underground contaminants into buildings is attracting increased scrutiny from health experts, advocates and agencies.

Afghanistan Mourns Honorary ‘Grandmother’ Nancy Hatch Dupree

"One of a few with unconditional love and adoration for Afghanistan."

Lawmakers From Uganda's Ruling Party Want to Remove the Country's Presidential Age Limit

"20 or even 30 years from now, President Museveni will be asking for more terms...At that time, you will look back and wish you did something today."

Human Rights Group Prevented by Police and Anti-Communist Mob From Commemorating 1965 Massacre in Indonesia

"The complete inaction of the police to stop this violence, contributes to the erosion of democracy and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly in Indonesia."

Mexico Earthquake: ‘I Thought I Was Going to Die When Pieces of the Ceiling Began to Fall’

People who lived through the September 2017 earthquakes in Oaxaca and Mexico City tell us their experience.

In Tanzania, Hepatitis Is a Serious Concern, but HIV/AIDS Remains Deadlier

Data shows that while infection and transmission rates for hepatitis are growing, HIV/AIDS causes more deaths overall.

The Perils of Military Engagement Against North Korea

The Bridge

"Any country that considers an attack on North Korea must confront the question of who turned the DPRK into such a defiant rogue nation."

20 September 2017

Netizen Report: Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech

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.

Sentenced to One Year in Prison for ‘Inciting Protest,’ a Moroccan Journalist Goes on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Several journalists have been arrested by Moroccan authorities over their coverage of the unrest in the Rif region.

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