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· May, 2015

Below are posts about citizen media in English. Don't miss Global Voices, where Global Voices posts are translated into English! Read about our Lingua project to learn more about how Global Voices content is being translated into other languages.

Stories about English from May, 2015

Odia Wikipedia Set to Celebrate 13 Years of Volunteer Contributions

A project that was virtually unknown a few years back with monthly page views in the low thousands recorded 8,08,834 page views in March 2015 alone.

Second Shia Mosque Attacked by ISIS in Saudi Arabia

On Global Voices Checkdesk, a collaboration project between Meedan Checkdesk, an online news verification tool, and Global Voices Online, Joey Ayoub charts the initial reactions on the bombing of a...

Did Saudi Arabia Bomb Yemen's Ancient Marib Dam?

Unconfirmed reports say that Saudi coalition forces, which have been bombing Yemen for more than two months have targeted the Marib Dam, one of the engineering wonders of the ancient...

Syrian Antiques on Sale on Facebook

Ancient Syrian antiques, looted from ISIS controlled areas, are being peddled on Facebookand sold on the black market for millions.

These Maps Show Where Cambodian Journalists Have Been Killed and Harassed

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has launched a portal documenting the human rights violations experienced by Cambodian journalists. Cambodia's constitution guarantees freedom of speech but journalists are still harassed...

The Gold Rush for Himalayan Viagra Begins in Nepal

People in Karnali region of Nepal leave their villages in search for the caterpillar-fungus fusion known as the Himalayan Viagra that is more expensive than gold.

Women Entrepreneurs Are Blossoming Amid China's E-Commerce Boom. But Can They Peg Back Patriarchy?

"What I see is Ma’s fear as a male leader of increasing female power, having already made so much money from women."

After 33 years, Cuba Is Off the US List of Countries Sponsoring Terrorism

The list is reserved for nations that, according to the US government, repeatedly provide support for international acts of premeditated, politically motivated violence against non-combatants.

The Biggest Source of Plastic Trash You've Never Heard of

From acres of sheeting to miles of twine, farms use billions of pounds of plastic each year. What can we do to reduce the impact?

Despite Attacks by Guards and Thugs, These Factory Workers in the Philippines Remain on Strike

About 90 percent of the workforce in the factory are contractuals or temporary workers. The striking workers were violently dispersed by goons reportedly hired by the company.

Chinese Authorities Leap to Discredit Detained Citizens’ Rights Activist

"Now wicked people have taken control and good people are in jail."

Tagline of Zelalem Kiberet’s Blog: ‘Let Freedom Ring’

Because of his wit, humorous writings and uncompromising digs on religion, his friends nicknamed Zelalem after the imminent French writer, Zola.

FIFA Elections Are in Progress

Despite the recent arrests of FIFA officials due to indictments laid by the US Department of Justice, the world football governing body has said that its elections, which it calls...

In Pakistan's Peshawar, Where 132 Children Were Slain, a New School Promotes Peace

The Peshawar School for Peace, which was inaugurated on 6 May 2015, aims to promote interfaith harmony, girls' education and social cohesion. Global Voices spoke with those behind the school.

Too Soon to Joke About FIFA Arrests? Not in the Caribbean!

There was also a video featuring a popular local puppet as he spent a night in jail with Jack Warner, a Trinidadian former FIFA vice president who was indicted.

Hungary Lays the Xenophobia on Thick in National Questionnaire About Immigration

The questionnaire seems to be more of a tool to influence public opinion than to weigh it. Civil society organizations are speaking out against the government's rhetoric.

Pakistan's Media is Silent as Hundreds Protest Government Gag on Bol News Group

Despite protests by journalists outside the Karachi Press Club, Pakistan's vibrant but cutthroat broadcast media industry has been mostly silent on the government's gag on Bol, a new media outlet.

No Protection for Quetta's Vulnerable Child Garbage Sellers

Like thousands of other children in Balochistan's capital city Quetta, 12 year-old Jummah and 11 year-old Razzaq are forced into child labor because of extreme poverty.

Did Russia Just Effectively Outlaw Internet Anonymizers?

A Russian court has ruled to block a webpage for being "an anonymizer," raising concerns that tools like Tor and other anonymizing proxy services might soon be banned wholesale.

An Online Joke Captures China's Censorship Practices

Letscorp, a site devoted to bridging information across Chinese speaking communities, reposted an online joke on Twitter that vividly captures mainland Chinese censorship practices. 老大:官员好不好,百姓说了算。宣传部:我补充一句,大多数百姓不明真相。团中央:没事,我们有一千万网评员保证舆论。公安:还有漏网的我们就抓。央视:再让他们嫖娼。环球:就说他们收了美国人的钱。外交部发言人:依据相关法律和政策,我国有充分言论自由。人民日报:你瞧,这是人民的选择嘛 — 墙外楼 (@letscorp) May 28,...

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