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23 July 2017

Bahraini Rights Activist Ebtisam Al-Saegh Charged Under Terrorism Law

Global Voices Advocacy

Bahraini authorities have constantly harassed Al-Saegh because of her rights activism.

A North Korean Refugee and Cartoonist Draws What Life Is Like for Those Who Escape

As a child, teachers praised Choi Seong-guk for his sketches of American soldiers that he says he made look “as ugly and violent as possible.”

22 July 2017

Mongolian Nomads Say Goodbye to Herding, Hello to Smog

Climate change is forcing many of Mongolia's nomadic herders to abandon their traditional lifestyle and move to Ulaanbaatar. That's making a big smog problem in the city even worse.

In the Depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Digital Communications Aid the Process of Self-Determination

Rising VoicesNewsFrames

Residing within the southern part of Ecuador’s Amazon region, the approximately 1,200-strong Kichwa community of Sarayaku have drawn international attention for their battles over land and indigenous rights—battles that have...

Georgian Women March Against Misogyny and Racism

“I’m not too hopeful that the change will come soon, but we will do our part to push for it.”

Arrest Over a Facebook Rant Brings Trinidad & Tobago's Cybercrime Legislation Into Sharp Focus

Global Voices Advocacy

"Overbroad content offences are always illegitimate, but are particularly dangerous online, where many people are still in the process of discovering their voice."

21 July 2017

Brazil’s First Indigenous Online Radio Station Uses Digital Media to Promote Native Languages and Communities

Rising Voices

Rádio Yandê uses technology to shred stereotypes and misconceptions about Brazil’s native communities.

Kyrgyzstan Blocks Archive.org on ‘Extremism’ Grounds

Global Voices Advocacy

Russia also moved to block the website and its popular 'Wayback Machine' two years ago.

With China Now the Top Market for Initial Public Offerings, One Economist Fears for Ordinary Investors

"To be honest, the Chinese stock market has become the tool of the state to make money."

Lebanese Government Bans All Protests Right Before a Syrian Refugee Solidarity Sit-In

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.

Between Worlds: The Complicated Life of a Young Japanese Returnee

The Bridge

'We said "sorry" in Japanese, to which she replied, “Oh, you're Japanese? Then always speak Japanese, you foreigner!”'

Three Decades After Dictatorship, Theater Aids the Search for Identity and Truth in Argentina

"There are already two generations that do not know their identity, we do not want to witness a third."

Luxury Lifestyle of the Congolese President's Entourage Attracts Attention of French Investigators

"Between 2008 and 2011, several tens of millions of euros from the Congolese public purse are thought to have passed through offshore companies."

Thai Academics to Be Summoned by Military for Raising ‘Anti-Junta Placards’ at an International Conference

The Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights reminded authorities that the country's constitution does not forbid people from holding up placards.

20 July 2017

Netizen Report: Authorities in China and Indonesia Threaten Whatsapp, Telegram Over Political Content

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.

Up-and-Coming Trinidadian Soca Singer Devon Matthews’ Journey Comes to an End

The 36-year-old, whose "star was on the rise", collapsed after performing at a Carnival band launch and was rushed to hospital, where he could not be revived.

Dhaka Citizens Show Mayors Red Card for Failure to Control Mosquito-Born Diseases

"No, Mr. Mayor, nobody has called you to fix mosquito nets inside their homes. You were given the responsibility to kill mosquitoes so we don't require mosquito nets..."

Caracas the Deceiving City (and Other Forms of Pain)

The Bridge

“Caracas is different, it has a sense of identity. There is fear for sure, but there is also the happiness of small things. [...] The small hidden treasures.”

I Dread Setting Foot on U.S. Soil While Trump is President

The Bridge

Visiting the U.S. now "would mean having to overcome too much frustration over how the country I used to know has changed."

A Look Back at Japan's Transformative ‘Showa Era’

One Twitter account combs encyclopedias, photo magazines, guidebooks and other sources for nostalgic images from Japan's postwar recovery.

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