Stories about LANGUAGES from November, 2016
The Botched Affair of India's Demonetization Drive Against Black Money
"Found an ATM with cash and absolutely no crowd. The ATM has only 2000 notes hence no one wants"
“The End is Near”. “Remember What We Sacrificed”. Dispatches from Eastern Aleppo.
"I direct my message to Syrian activists [...] I ask them to send out our message that we have sacrificed for and keep on sacrificing."
Law Professor Says Trinidad and Tobago’s Education Failures Are an Abuse of Human Rights
Trinidad and Tobago's longstanding commitments to universal education are juxtaposed with the harsh reality of society's marginalised.
Experts Cast Doubt on Tunisia’s Biometric Identification Bill
Digital rights advocates and Tunisia's Data Protection Authority are voicing concern about the bill. At present, Tunisia does not require government authorities to obtain court approval before accessing citizen data.
Mixed Reactions to Kyiv's New ‘Theater on Podil’
Residents of Kiev cheered and jeered the unveiling of the "Theater on Podil" on one of the city's oldest streets.
These East African Countries Show How Teamwork and Technology Can Thwart Illegal Fishing
Innovation sparks success as nations collaborate to identify and take action against fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing.
Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say
"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."
Meet South Africa's Prophet of Doom…Literally
"Doom is the answer brothers and sisters lets bow our heads and sPray."
Today is #GivingTuesday—Donate to Global Voices
The events of this year remind us that the work of building bridges of understanding and of safeguarding basic rights is never done. Please donate to Global Voices this #GivingTuesday.
Tajikistan's Qurutob: ‘Food for the Poor'?
"The rise of qurutobkhonas means the domination of rural culture over urban culture, and is therefore a sign of downfall."
News Commentators Decry the Errand Economy as ‘Ruining’ Friendship on Chinese University Campuses
"Laziness is the driving force of scientific progress. Washing machines were invented because people were too lazy to wash their clothes."
Political Satire Returns to Russian TV, Neutered As Ever
Political parody is a perilous thing in Russia, where the last unbridled satire to grace the small screen came and went more than a decade ago.
A Bollywood Actress Inspires Hilarious Book Misinterpretations With Her ‘Animal Farm’ Gaffe
"The Hobbit is good. All children should develop good hobbits. #ShilpaShettyReviews"
Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus
Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.
The Hotly Contested Gambian Presidential Race Enters Its Final Stretch
In the run up to the elections, there have been anti-government political protests, mostly in the Greater Banjul Area.
Myanmar’s Refugee Returnees Struggle to Build New Lives
“We returned from a refugee camp. We didn’t come back bringing heaps of money. How are we supposed to pay 3 million kyats [US$2,200]?”
Bold Film About an Indian Woman's Sexual Awakening Accused of Pardoning Pedophilia
"In a country where women and kids are often subjected to violent crimes, this normalization of an aggressive act becomes even more problematic."
Corporate Japan must now offer stress tests to overworked employees. But is it enough?
"When you work over 100 hours of overtime, you won't have time to be with your family, friends or lover...you start to think...'I don't know why I'm living this life.'"
Why You Shouldn’t Stick Your Chopsticks in Your Rice Bowl and Other Vietnamese Superstitions
"I don’t personally know if the superstition can bring misfortune but I still avoid it because I consider it as bad manners."
Facebook’s Controversial ‘Free Basics’ Project Spreads to 47 Countries
Free Basics is a collaboration between Facebook and mobile providers that allows access for free but limited access to internet.
White Ribbon Campaign Enjoins Singaporean Men to Reject Gender Violence
"We need a culture of equality, not disrespect. As an athlete, I want everyone to know that strength does not mean dominance and aggression."