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· August, 2014

Stories about Citizen Media from August, 2014

31 August 2014

Indian Security Forces Open Fire on Peaceful Protestors in ‪‎‪‎Manipur

The Nagas in Ukhrul are protesting the ban on rallies and the militarisation of their home, which defies decade-long ceasefire between Naga separatists and the Indian Government.

A Home-Grown Campaign in Bhutan Is Giving Refurbished Shoes to Thousands Who Need Them

Bhutanese entrepreneur Dawa Drakpa cleans and recycles old footwear and distributes them to those who can't afford a decent pair. Nearly 1 percent of the country's population have received shoes.

30 August 2014

NGO Organizes First Interview via Twitter

Mexican Cartoonist Compares James Foley's Execution with Presidential Interview

Bahraini Activist Maryam Al Khawaja Denied Entry to Her Country, Goes On Hunger Strike

Bahraini human rights activists Maryam Al-Khawaja was denied entry to Bahrain upon her arrival at the airport. Now in detention, she has started a hunger strike.

Keeping Inuit Culture Alive Through Video

Stop Complaining About the Government! Instead, India Wants Citizens to Help

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has launched the “MyGov” website, which invites Indian citizens to participate actively in the country's governance and development.

Azerbaijan's President Doesn't Really Get Twitter. He Doesn't Really Get Azerbaijan, Either

Azeri president Ilham Aliyev's official Twitter feed is so bad it is funny. But behind the comedy lurks the darker realities Aliyev's bumbling forays into social media are covering up.

Between Bombs and Rebuilding in Gaza, Palestinian Activists are Fighting for the Environment

What is it like to be a climate activist in Palestine living under occupation? We speak to a West Bank-based environmental activist.

29 August 2014

Ukraine Asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Bots

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian Facebook users have complained to Mark Zuckerberg himself that their accounts are being blocked on the site in droves—and they're blaming the Kremlin's bot army.

28 August 2014

From a “Gaza Stripper” in Texas to Chinese Migrants in Egypt, Kim Badawi Photographs Intercultural Encounters

In this interview, photographer Kim Badawi discusses his work on cultural encounters, and on the role of social media when mainstream news fails to report stories that matter to communities.

Powerful Video Shows a Syrian Toddler's ‘Rebirth’ From Under the Rubble of a Bombed Building

A barrel bomb destroyed little Ghina's home and killed her mother. She survived, despite being buried in rubble herself.

Outspoken Mozambican Hip-Hop Artist Azagaia Is Appealing to Fans for Donations to Remove His Brain Tumour

Edson da Luz, better known as Azagaia, has won fans for challenging those in power and addressing social issues in his music.

Shame and Outrage in Algeria After Cameroon Footballer Albert Ebossé Is Killed by an Object Tossed from the Stands

"No desire to resume the league after the death of #Ebosse! #Disgusted. Our lives are worth more than this rubbish."

Locusts Invade Madagascar's Capital City

Ukraine Blows Up Twitter with News of Russian Invasion

RuNet Echo

As Russia expanded its push across the Ukrainian border in what the media described as a stealth invasion, Ukrainian Twitter users replied with thousands of posts and trending hashtags.

27 August 2014

Former Prime Minister Feeds the Meme Machine With Rejection of Trinidad & Tobago's Highest Honour

Patrick Manning doesn't want the Order of Trinidad and Tobago from current Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who he accused of breaking proper award protocol and attacking him in the past.

A Private Hospital in Bangaldesh Held a Patient's Body Ransom Because the Family Couldn't Pay Up Immediately

The deficiencies in Bangladesh's government hospitals and the uncertainties regarding service prompts people to chose private hospitals -- at a huge expense.

Why Activists Sent 128 Tomatoes to Every Single Member of Lebanon's Parliament

Fearing that lawmakers will once again extend their term without elections, Lebanese are saying #NotoExtension in protests on and offline.

‘Showcase of Shame’ Campaign Is Forcing Venezuelans to Confront the Uncomfortable Reality of Teen Pregnancy

The campaign set up a shop window of mannequins dressed as schoolgirls with pregnant bellies to raise awareness of the issue of teen pregnancy.

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