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· November, 2014

Stories about Citizen Media from November, 2014

25 November 2014

Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps

Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.

As Turkish Women Struggle for Freedom from Violence, Their President Tells Them: Give up on Equality

2014 has been another horrendous year for violence against women in Turkey. In this context, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's suggestion women should seek "equivalence" instead of equality has disappointed many.

Internet Trolls Use ISIS to Write About Eastern Ukraine

RuNet Echo

Some believe the strange videos and images are the work of pro-Kyiv activists trying to smear Ukrainian rebels with ISIS affiliations. Or is it the other way around?

Meet Global Voices Contributor and Free Spirit María Angélica Marín

Volunteer María Angélica Marín has translated more than 1,300 stories. Juan Arellano asks her about her experiences with Global Voices and beyond.

Bahrain's Justice Minister Picks Fight With Newspaper Editor on Twitter

"Calm down, your excellency, an open mind makes more room for justice," Mansoor Al-Jamri tweeted at the minister of justice, who had criticized Al-Jamri's column about Bahrain's elections.

24 November 2014

Venezuela: Draft Law Would Criminalize Online Protest, Remove Checks on Surveillance

Advox

Under the law, a person using digital media to “promote or attack the constitutional order” or “disrupt public peace” could face between one and five years behind bars.

Another Celebrity Wants to Help Africa, And He's No ‘Band Aid’

When it comes to helping Africa, there is Bob Geldof's approach with "Band Aid," and then there is Akon's.

Experiences After Working at a Youth Hostel

Colombians Push for Peace After Kidnapping Derails FARC Talks

"It is difficult to achieve peace when bullets are flying."

Strong Earthquake in Japan's Nagano Injures Dozens, Topples Homes

Forty-one people were injured during the magnitude 6.8 temblor, but no deaths were reported. Twitter users snapped photos of public transportation gone dark and disheveled supermarkets.

Three Cases that Show Social Networks Are Helping Hold Mozambique's Government Accountable

Kyrgyzstanis Skeptical about Government Biometric Data Drive

Over two decades' worth of state intrigue and corruption has forced Kyrgyz citizens to be cynical about anything the government wants them to do, especially if it involves submitting fingerprints.

22 November 2014

Hossein Derakhshan Released from Prison

Over 2000 Macedonian Students Celebrated International Student Day in Protest

Over 2000 students went into the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje on November 17 to march against the decision of the government to impose external testing in the country's universities.

Japan's Snap Elections Overshadow a Faltering Economy

While some commentators are calling Abe's move "self-serving", others think Abe is facing political oblivion anyway and that the snap elections may be the spark that reignites Japan's moribund opposition.

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