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22 October 2016

A Short History of Halloween in Japan

Halloween in Japan has become a creepy tour de force. But trick-or-treating has never caught on. Why?

21 October 2016

An Indigenous Woman Could Be a Presidential Candidate in Mexico Two Years From Now

The extreme Mexican left hints at nominating an indigenous woman for the 2018 presidential election. Meanwhile, in Chiapas, women are forced to renounce their positions because of their gender.

In Venezuela, Indigenous Communities’ Struggles With Mining Are Far From Over

"With this decree, illegal mining in the Caura becomes legalized. Now they are definitely going to kill us."

Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

The huge sum of money spent canceling an order for new Airbuses could have funded a whole lot more.

20 October 2016

Ghana's Opposition Party Is Running Wild With an Internet Challenge Surrounding a Juice Box

"Always love it when people turn their "misfortune" into a great success. That's what the #NPP has done with this #KalypoChallenge. Maturity"

Young Skaters in Rural South Africa Shred It Up in ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’

Skateboarding isn't popular in South Africa, especially in black communities. As one young Zulu puts it, "We are skateboarders because we want to live a life which is good...and awesome."

18 October 2016

Meet Eufrasia Vieira, the ‘Next Angelina Jolie’ From Timor-Leste

"Sometimes, I take those compliments as a joke. Angelina is so beautiful and she’s just wow. I’m just ordinary woman living a simple life."

Paraguay, a Country Where Cows Fly While Schools Crumble

The first in a series by Kurtural on Paraguayan education and how the country is taking this right for all and turning it into a privilege for a few.

Threatened With Suspension Over Its Rights Record, Maldives Up and Quits the Commonwealth

"Don't we as...citizens get a say in whether or not we want to be a part of the commonwealth? Or is Maldives just a one man country now".

Journalists Call on Timor-Leste PM to Drop Defamation Complaint Against Reporters

Global Voices Advocacy

Around the world, reporters are trying to get the prime minister of Timor-Leste to abandon a criminal complaint against two journalists who say he was involved in government corruption.

17 October 2016

How High Homicide Rates Affects Women from Low-Income Communities in Brazil

Homicide victims in Brazil are mostly men, young, black and part-black people from low-income families. How does this impact the future of black and low-income women?

WhatsApp and Viber Blocked on Election Day in Montenegro

Global Voices Advocacy

Parliamentary elections in Montenegro had been marred with allegations of irregularities, reported via social networks, and a temporary ban on use of Viber, WhatsApp and similar messaging apps.

A Japanese Artist's Highly Realistic Paper Sculptures Are Coming to the US

"My animal sculptures, made from an accumulation of newspapers, might perhaps be portraying ourselves and our lives, on many levels."

An Animated Video Explains the Powers of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Not sure what the court does? This video might help.

16 October 2016

Nigerian President Says First Lady ‘Belongs to My Kitchen’ and ‘The Other Room’

"I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room," the president said.

Mobs, Memes, Meanings, and Minds: Meet Porto's Medialab for Citizenship

The city of Porto, Portugal, is nearly ready for the ninth installment of “futureplaces”—a convention that combines citizen labs, performances, presentations, and debate.

A US City Recognizes Its Native American Past, Present, and Future

“History from his perspective is told by victor, and in our case the conqueror...Colonial perspectives of our history do not work for us. They’re wrong.”

15 October 2016

Upcoming Book Celebrates Citizen Journalism in the Deserted Syrian City of Daraya

A small publishing house in Spain wants to launch a free book about one of Syria's best-known citizen journalist groups: “Enab Baladi.”

Iceland Is Trying to Elect Politicians Who “Know Who They Work For”

The Bridge

Icelanders' campaign to get their citizen-drafted constitution enacted "could be a rare victory for democracy reform this election cycle—and one that could inspire many elsewhere."

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