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· September, 2016

Stories about Citizen Media from September, 2016

25 September 2016

The Beginning Autumn Gives Japanese People a Great Excuse to Post to Social Media

It's that time of year when pictures of flowers, food, and cats are washing over Twitter in Japan.

Allegations of Rigged Ethnic Hungarian Voting in Croatia’s Latest Election

The number of people who registered to vote as ethnic Hungarians dramatically increased between Croatia's last two elections. Why?

Polish Lawmakers Move Forward With a New Abortion Ban That Critics Say Will Be ‘Hell for Women’

Poland's “Black Protest” movement picks up steam, after lawmakers vote to proceed with legislation that will criminalize abortions in nearly all circumstances, threatening women and doctors with prison.

Kyrgyzstan's World Nomad Games and the Hypermobile Archer Who Shocked the Internet

She did what???

24 September 2016

Convicted of Sexual Assault, Elite Japanese University Students Get Suspended Sentence

After the sexual assault of a university student, sex, class, privilege -- and strong cultural attitudes -- all play a role in the lighter sentences handed down to the perpetrators.

Sudanese Authorities Use ‘Pornography’ as Evidence in Criminal Trial of Human Rights Advocates

Advox

Sudanese authorities are using what they deem as "pornographic" and "immoral" evidence in a trial of ten civil society activists, six of whom are facing capital punishment charges.

Yemen's ‘Forgotten War’ Intensifies After Saudi-Led Air Strike in Al Hudaydah

Earlier this week, Saudi-led airstrikes struck Yemen's key port city of Al Hudaydah, killing at least 30 people.

23 September 2016

The Struggles of Peacebuilding in Mali

Between the signing of the peace accord on June 20, 2014, and June 25, 2015, Mali recorded 191 attacks, leaving 385 people dead.

A Specially Designed Keyboard Allows Yorùbá and Igbo Speakers to Type Their Languages

Rising Voices

"With this keyboard, we are addressing technical barriers to the use of Yorùbá and Igbo online."

Poles Dress in Black to Protest Legislation That Would Mean a Near Total Ban on Abortions

Thousands of Poles share photos of themselves dressed in black to protest against legislation that would criminalize almost all kinds of abortion and toughen the country's already severe anti-abortion laws.

22 September 2016

The Russian Political Prisoner's Cookbook

RuNet Echo

You lose a lot when you're locked up in prison, but one thing you gain is time to hone your talents. Russian political prisoners are certainly familiar with this experience.

Why Aren't We Talking About Mexican Prisons?

Mexican prisons are an example of inequality in the country. We look at prison facilities and the impact the implementation of the New Penal Justice System will have on them.

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

In Bulgaria, an Example of How Refugees Need Not Be a Problem, but a Solution

Refugees can help solve shortages of workers—if they're given the chance.

A Toxic Mix of Illegal Logging and Corruption Is Devastating Europe’s Last Primeval Forests

The documentary film “Clear Cut Crime” shows the toxic effects of collusion between illegal logging and politicians in Romania and Ukraine.

21 September 2016

The Role of Hashtags in a Country Searching for Peace

"The fact that the war in Colombia also takes place on social media is an undeniable truth," writes Renata Cabrales.

Theatre Helps Heal Wounds After Ecuador's Devastating Earthquake

Ecuadorians have found a way to heal from the damage caused by the strongest earthquake in the country's history: art, laughter, and solidarity.

A Totem Pole Unites Indigenous Resistance to Fossil Fuel Across North America

"We need to let them know they cannot in the name of profits do this to the people, the water, the land, and to the future generations."

Queer Tango: A Twist on Tradition in Favor of Diversity and Inclusion

As a response to discrimination on the dance floor, the Queer Tango opens spaces for diversity and exploration of the tango without gender discrimination.

20 September 2016

Lies, Damned Lies and the Health of Central Asian Presidents

The hype over Hillary Clinton's pneumonia was nothing. These guys spend their lives on the verge of death.