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3 December 2016

Dancehall Directory? A New Yellow Pages Cover Stirs Controversy in Jamaica

"When [they] attacked the Yellow Pages for their representation of this aspect of our culture, they didn’t just attack a genre of music…they attacked an identity, a way of life."

2 December 2016

Dismantling Patriarchy at the Roots – One Video, One Conversation at a Time

Why are the aspirations of young girls’ treated differently from those of young boys? Why are girls prepared for housework from an early age and boys are allowed to play?

30 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"

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.

29 November 2016

A Bollywood Actress Inspires Hilarious Book Misinterpretations With Her ‘Animal Farm’ Gaffe

"The Hobbit is good. All children should develop good hobbits. #ShilpaShettyReviews"

28 November 2016

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."

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.

27 November 2016

In Afghanistan, Women's Rights Still Struggle to Take Root

"Being delivered into this world by someone brain-defected, the deputy to the Kabul clerical council must himself be without a brain."

One Year on, Belo Monte Dam Is a Nightmare for Indigenous Peoples in Brazil

"It's impossible to live in the Xingu River today. I don't stand a chance. People use to live well. Now they survive," one local woman said.

Exit Castro: The Caribbean Says Goodbye to the Force Behind the Cuban Revolution

"To all the other Caribbean government heads, please take a page from his book. One of the good pages."

25 November 2016

Yet Another Report on Extrajudicial Killings Backs Up Jamaican Human Rights Defenders’ Calls for Police Reform

Amnesty International's new report explores the abuse of power by Jamaican police and the fraught, protracted path to justice for victims' families.

24 November 2016

Looking Back on the Evolution of Citizen Journalism with the Organisation ‘Periodismo Ciudadano’

Ten years after its first appearance, Periodismo Ciudadano, an organization devoted to user-generated content, reflects on the evolution of online media and the cases that moved readers and witnesses.

23 November 2016

An American Traveler Accuses Macedonian Customs of Corruption After ‘Ordeal’ at the Border

Rick Ray uploaded a video saying officials confiscated his drone -- not because he did anything wrong, but because they wanted to resell it for profit.

Brazilian Activists Outsmart Facebook's Censorship of the Female Nipple

Global Voices Advocacy

"What are the real differences between one portrait and another? What is offensive in one nipple that isn't in the other?"

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Bans Photojournalist for this ‘Unofficial’ Photo

Global Voices Advocacy

Hussein Baydoun was barred from photographing the PM after this image was published. Photographs he took during last year's ‘you stink’ protests against government corruption were featured in numerous outlets.

Despite Challenges, Volunteerism is Giving Young Jamaicans Hope

"Volunteers make our communities safer; they stand up for human rights and lobby for positive change [...] Their collective efforts can make Jamaica a more vibrant, healthy country."

La Francophonie Summit Comes to Madagascar, Where Demonstrators Are Waiting

Madagascar, where the majority of people still live in poverty, has spent vast sums of money to organise a major summit. How much money exactly, nobody knows.

After Officers Kill 15-Year-Old “Known Pest”, Trindadians Take Aim at Police Tactics

"I am not saying either was right or wrong but excuse me if I DON'T take the word of the esteemed members of the T&T Police Service as gospel!!"

Bangladeshis Watch Launch of Uber in Their Country With Relief and Caution

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is known for its lack of public transport and notorious traffic jams.

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