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· May, 2013

Stories about Citizen Media from May, 2013

29 May 2013

The “Brave” Democrats of Russia's Growing Civil Society

RuNet Echo

Last week, when Surkov-ally Alexey Chesnakov quit United Russia and publicly criticized the party, few in the English-speaking world noticed, but the event—like Surkov's ouster weeks earlier—could just as easily...

Video: Citizen Journalists Capture Hong Kong's Captive Dolphins Harming Themselves

Footage of dolphins at Hong Kong Ocean Park appearing to self-harm by slamming themselves against the pool wall, recorded by citizen news outlet inmediahk.net, has created a wave of online...

28 May 2013

Human Rights Activists Hone Digital Skills in 2013 Empowerment Lab

Eleven international human rights activists participated in this year's Empowerment Lab, a week-long training program that aims to empower digital activists who face growing threats of freedom of expression.

Syria Untold: Raqqa Lessons, From Freedom to Creativity in State Building

After the withdrawal of the Syrian army from Raqqa in March 2013, the city suffered a tremendous power vacuum, especially in public services. Syria Untold speaks to activists on the...

VIDEO: Journalist Who Fled Mexico Speaks

García and Toledo: Two Former Peruvian Presidents in Trouble

In recent weeks, former Peruvian presidents Alan García and Alejandro Toledo have been accused of being involved in cases of illicit enrichment and corruption. However, some believe that these accusations...

The Trouble with Counterfeit Medicines in France

There is an area in which the harmful effects of counterfeiting are even more devastating: the pharmaceutical industry. This activity is far from marginal: the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates...

LGBTQ Rights in Puerto Rico Slowly Improve Step by Step

A battle is currently unleashing in discussions over LGBTQ rights in Puerto Rico. In recent weeks both advances and setbacks have been seen. Groups in favor of LGBTQ rights and...

Shock Over Chinese Teen's Graffiti in Egypt

Brazil: Petition for Slander-Accused Journalist

VIDEO: Impromptu Georgian Chorus at Kyiv Airport

Coffee Art Goes 3D in Japan

In Japan where green tea remains the hot beverage of choice, latte art is growing phenomenon, whether it be 3D foamy creations or a vending machine that serves cappuccino with...

Global Hack for Good: Connecting Refugees with Lost Families

Interview: Cartoonist Slams Forced Evictions in Brazil for World Cup

In an interview with Brazilian investigative journalism agency Pública, cartoonist Carlos Latuff criticizes the rash of forced evictions in Rio de Janeiro to make way for the 2014 World Cup...

27 May 2013

From Guinea to Italy to France and Back: An Interview with Blogger Abdoulaye Bah

Global Voices author and translator Abdoulaye Bah, originally from Guinea, is a retired Italian citizen who has worked for the United Nations. He now splits his time between Rome and...

YouTube Blocked in Tajikistan After Video of President Dancing Goes Viral

As tensions surrounding elections slated for November continue to poison the political mood in Tajikistan, a video of President Emomali Rahmon singing and dancing at his son's wedding has gone...

Yemen: Two Men Killed for Overtaking a Sheikh's Wedding Convoy

Two young Yemeni men were killed last week for bypassing a wedding procession of a Sheikh (tribal leader) in Yemen's capital Sanaa. Khalid Al-Khateeb and his friend Hassan Aman were...

Brazilian Amazon Struggles to Keep Up with Power Plant Population Growth

An exploding population along the Madeira River in Brazil spurred by the hydroelectric dam construction in the state of Rondônia should have meant the creation of more infrastructure, such as...

Hackers in Arab Cities: Slow Internet and Girl Power in Algeria

Meet those Internet geeks in the Middle East & North Africa. Global Voices re-posts excerpts of the blog "Hackers in Arab Cities'' by Sabine Blanc & Ophelia Noor. In this...

26 May 2013

A Thin Line Between Democracy and Independence in French Polynesia

On the heels of French Polynesian anti-independence politician Gaston Flosse's victory in the islands' presidential elections earlier this month, the United Nations has adopted a resolution calling on France to...

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