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· October, 2014

Stories about Citizen Media from October, 2014

28 October 2014

People in Burkina Faso Are Taking to the Streets Against a ‘President for Life’

Protests swept cities in Burkina Faso over President Blaise Compaoré's proposed changes to the constitution to let him run for office again. He has held power for 27 years.

GV Face: Asylum Seekers Are Fleeing Conflict to Face Brutal Politics in Europe and Australia

GV Face

According to the UNHCR, 612,700 applied for asylum in North America, Europe, East Asia and the Pacific last year – the highest since 2001.

Ukraine Elections Online: Crowdmaps To Report Voter Fraud, Hashtags To Vent About Politics

RuNet Echo

As Ukraine counts the votes in its parliamentary elections, we take a look at the online citizen tools that Ukrainians used to report violations and discuss the candidates.

5 Muslim Countries Where Gays Are Not Prosecuted by the Law

Gabriela García Calderón, Making Global Voices Part of Her Daily Life for 7 Years

To celebrate 10 years of Global Voices, we are interviewing our contributors. In this installment, early GV Spanish member Gabriela Garcia Calderón tells us about her long-lasting commitment.

Poignant YouTube Videos Give Voice to Ordinary Iranians

What are Iranians biggest fears? A filmmaker asked people in the streets of Tehran to find out.

50 Years Later, Zambians Are Asking What Independence Day Means

While Zambians all over the world celebrated the holiday with food, the national colours, and more, some observations have raised serious questions about the country's past and future.

27 October 2014

Off-Field Drama in West Indies Cricket Strike Heats Up Online Discussion

The West Indies' 2014 tour to India has been cancelled, thanks to a players' strike. Could this be the beginning of the end of West Indies cricket?

Japan’s Cabinet Members Are ‘Falling Like Dominoes’ to Corruption Scandals

The month of October has seen a tidal wave of allegations against members of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet. Has Abe lost control of the narrative?

Get to Know Global Voices’ Managing Editor Sahar Habib Ghazi

"Whenever someone asks me what Global Voices is like, I say it is the kindest place in the world." A crowsourced interview of managing editor Sahar, curated by Juan Arellano.

Russia Step Ups Censorship of ISIS Social Media Content

RuNet EchoAdvox

The move to forbid ISIS’s media content joins a trend of growing Internet surveillance and censorship in Russia, but the feasibility of weakening ISIS by targeting social media is questionable.

‘Hunger Games’ Salute Gives Hope to Democracy Activists in Thailand

Attendees at a cremation of a former public official made a three-finger salute which was last used by activists denouncing the coup and loss of democracy in Thailand.

The October Sky Above Colombia Is Full of Migrating Birds

The birds, which are migrating south for the winter, are blowing up social media in Colombia as users document the yearly migration.

Uruguayans Will Elect Their President in a Runoff

26 October 2014

‘Storytelling and Media for a Better World': the 2014 Transformational Media Summit in DC

Participants at the TMSummit will discuss storytelling, collaborative creativity, new technology, sustainable business and living, wellbeing and health, photography, film and music, and journalism, among other issues.

Thai Students to Hong Kong Protesters: ‘Do Not Give Up’

It is illegal in Thailand today to organize or join rallies, but a group of Thai students expressed their support for Hong Kong's protesters in a special Google Hangout discussion.

Tunisians Head to Polls to Elect a New Parliament

Tunisians are heading to polls today to elect a new parliament almost four years after they toppled the regime of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

25 October 2014

GV Face: To Vote or Not to Vote? Voices from Tunisia as the 2014 Election Begins

GV Face

More than 9,000 candidates from over a 100 parties are contesting in this election.

24 October 2014

Hitting Below the Belt? Trinidad & Tobago President Tries to Gag Comedian Over Jokes About First Lady

A president, a first lady and a comedian walk into a bar...and what happens next, no-one could have anticipated. Did good-natured teasing hit below the belt?

Kyrgyzstan Ready to Adopt Gay Propaganda Law

Once branded Central Asia's 'Island of Democracy', Kyrgyzstan now seems to be trying to outdo Russia in the homophobic legislation stakes. For LGBT groups, it is a big worry.

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