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16 August 2017

Deadly Floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal Wreak Havoc

At least 6 million people were affected by the floods in Nepal's Terai region and more than 48,000 homes were submerged.

15 August 2017

‘Dagdag Gastos’ Calculator Debunks Philippine Government Claim That Tax Reform Will Benefit the Poor

"Ultimately, more Filipino families will have to shoulder added expenses to their already gravely inadequate incomes."

12 August 2017

Jamaica Police Review Absolves Officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

The Jamaican Constabulary Force's assessment of its actions during the 2010 state of emergency is being interpreted as "defensive and dismissive in a manner that is not appropriate or useful."

10 August 2017

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

Global Voices Advocacy

The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

9 August 2017

Thousands of Families Face Forced Eviction From Their Homes Over Sardar Sarovar Dam in India

One activist movement launched a hunger strike to support the dam's victims, but police forcibly removed the leader from the protest site by police and shifted her to a hospital.

Jokes, Hashtags and Fake News: The Story of Social Media in Kenya's Closely Contested Election

This year’s campaign has made history as the most affected by the spread of fake news, a recent study showed.

6 August 2017

How an Indian Village in West Bengal Successfully Campaigned to Get Its Own Ambulance Service

Many risked their lives due to the lack of an affordable ambulance service in a village in West Bengal, but things turned around when Bikash Barman made a video.

A Retired Teacher and Granddaughter of Slaves Gives Her Personal Account of Racism in Modern Brazil

Diva Guimarães asked for the microphone during a literature festival and recounted her experience with how Brazil treats the black population. Video of her talk went viral.

Guinean Filmmaker Paul Théa Speaks About His ‘Slave Route’ Project

"We are the first to propose a museum about slavery in Guinea, and to include the story of the slaves in South Carolina," says the filmmaker.

Pesesín and His Neighbours: A Tale of Community Spirit in Spain

Neighbourhoods are usually in the news because of hostilities, but this community in Gijón, Spain gave an example of solidarity by caring for a pet whose owner was travelling.

Firing His Last Bolt — Jamaica's Superstar Sprinter Comes In Third To An Old, Unloved Rival In His Final Race

"His bronze medal proves his humanity [...] It is highly unlikely that those of us living now will ever see the likes of him again."

Maitree Express: The Friendship Train Between India and Bangladesh

"The Kolkata-Khulna (Maitree Express) train has been relaunched 52 years after the Indo Pakistan War 1965. Cheers!"

5 August 2017

Angolan Activists Create a Platform To Monitor Presidential Elections

"...All of us complain of malpractice and electoral irregularities, so it is necessary that everybody acts as election monitors and remains alert."

‘Arepa, the Taco Is With You’ — The Hashtag of Solidarity From Mexico to Venezuela

With a big wave of tweets, hundreds of Mexicans sent messages of solidarity and good wishes to the Venezuelans struggling in the country's current crisis.

Behind Bars for 30 Days: EU Leaders Condemn Turkey's Detention of #Istanbul10

Global Voices Advocacy

The European Commission called for the “immediate release” of the group, calling the detentions part of a “deeply worrying pattern” of imprisonment in Turkey.

4 August 2017

‘With Empty Hands But Deep Beliefs,’ Jamal Hosseini Lost His Life Fighting for Human Rights in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

The third anniversary of the mysterious death of Jamal Hosseini, a bridge between underground activists in Iran and the global community of human rights activists.

3 August 2017

Bulgarian Wikipedia Announces National Entries for ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ Photo Contest

Wikipedia Bulgaria announced the top 10 photos that will represent Bulgaria in the "Wiki Loves Earth" international photo contest.

2 August 2017

‘My Freedom Is Mine’ — Caribbean Netizens Discuss Emancipation Day

"I choose to question myself every day and put down other people's loads that are no longer mine to carry. That is my freedom. What is yours?"

31 July 2017

Crisis in Maldives Parliament: Rejection of the ‘No-Confidence Motion’ Sparks Lockdown

The country is tilting toward authoritarianism as growing accusations mount against President Yameen for silencing dissent and imprisoning political opponents including former President Nasheed, under allegedly made up charges.

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