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20 January 2018

State of Emergency Over Worsening Crime Has Some Jamaicans Relieved — But Is It an Effective Approach?

Is a state of emergency "making progress", or is it a shot in the dark as Jamaica grapples with addressing the social and economic inequity that fuels violent crime?

13 January 2018

This Week in the Caribbean: From ‘Shithole’ Comments to ‘Wining’ Laws

This week, Caribbean netizens rail against the US president's "shithole" comment, discuss violent crime in Jamaica and debate the new "wining" law that will impact Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

Pakistanis Demand #JusticeForZainab, 7-Year-Old Raped and Murdered in Kasur

"12 young girls, have been raped and murdered in the last one year...Failure of Pakistan’s 'Criminal Justice System' lies at the root of this public anger."

12 January 2018

Africans ‘School’ US President on Good Governance After ‘Shithole’ Comment Sparks Global Outrage

"Yes, Africa [has] problems. We don't dispute it. But name calling & outright disrespect by the very nation that has stripped off its resources for years is totally crossing it."

Post-Earthquake Tsunami Scare in the Caribbean Region Highlights a Shaky Range of Preparedness

"I want to know, now what? How will these alerts be communicated to the citizenry that's not on Social Media? This is quite sobering I tell you."

11 January 2018

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Global Voices Advocacy

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

With Age Limit Abolished, Ugandans Fear They Are ‘Stuck’ With President Museveni

"32 yrs of inefficiency and we are now stuck with this incompetent, self serving individual whose government is characteristic of nepotism!"

10 January 2018

After Facing Harassment from Authorities, Pakistani Journalist Narrowly Escapes Abduction

Global Voices Advocacy

Taha Siddiqui is the bureau chief for WION news. He also is an avid social media user and critic of the military.

9 January 2018

The Draft Budget That Inflamed Protests in Iran

"You’ve turned as all into beggars. Please tell Mr. Khamenei, tell the president, tell everyone, tell them we are desperate. We don’t need this revolution. We hate the clerics."

8 January 2018

What's In a (Nick) Name? Ask the Caribbean!

"Acid". "Leech". "Totee Muff". Caribbean people love to rename things. Check out a few of their most spectacular sobriquets...

The Untimely Death of an Exiled Ethiopian Journalist

Global Voices Advocacy

"His reward for having conscience in a country that criminalises it was torture & death in exile."

Angolans Left Snickering After Post-Launch Glitch in Country's First Satellite

"Launching a satellite into space while on the ground there is no medicine, food, quality education, healthcare worthy of that name...seems to me a terrible irrationality"

7 January 2018

Corruption and Poverty Lead to Rage and Despair in Iran

"The members of parliament need to know that they are accountable to the people, that they represent the people, and that the eyes of the people are upon them."

6 January 2018

Trinidadian Man Transforms Pothole Into a Hot Tub in Humorously Effective Protest

"So that's how to get things done in this country…you have to get on social media..."

5 January 2018

Jamaican Police Under Pressure After New Year's Party Delays International Flights

"There will be calls for an inquiry. For accountability. Blame will be shifted. Promises will be made. There is one step, however, that we rarely take. Questioning the ‘WHY?’. "

4 January 2018

Iranian Technicians Have Been Ordered to Disrupt International Web Traffic Amid Protests

Global Voices Advocacy

“We have been ordered to interrupt international traffic,” a source at an Iranian internet exchange point said.

3 January 2018

‘Offensive’ Soca Song Gets Boost After Ban From Carnival Contests in Trinidad & Tobago

"There is much that we have to talk about in Trinidad and Tobago as regards race, sex, class and even State-sponsored censorship..."

Growing Popular Opposition Continues to Put Pressure on Ethiopia’s Ruling Party

"2017 was the year of the Oromo People's Democratic Organisation...The OPDO was able to shake the puppet label and actually prove to be quite vocal in #Ethiopia's political arena."

Caught in Conflict, Internet Users in Yemen Face Blocking, Shutdowns and Slow Speed

Global Voices Advocacy

Authorities in Yemen have a long history of imposing restrictions on freedom of expression and the right to access information.

2 January 2018

Despite Challenges, Jamaica’s Capital City Welcomes 2018 With a Dash of Optimism

While clouds linger, it appears that Kingston is determined to look on the sunny side of life in 2018.

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