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· June, 2013

Stories about Digital Activism from June, 2013

20 June 2013

A Year of Demanding Justice in Paraguay: What Happened in Curuguaty?

A year after a clash that resulted in the death of 11 farm workers and 6 police officers in Curuguaty, Paraguay, organizations that defend human rights and farm workers point...

ABRE LATAM: Open Data Unconference

‘Qandisha’, the Women's Webzine that is Ruffling Feathers in Morocco

A webzine for women in Morocco is causing a stir for its frank treatment of religion and sexuality. Global Voices recently caught up with the founder, Fedoua Miski.

19 June 2013

Russians See Themselves in Turkish Protests

RuNet Echo

As Turkish protests continue, Russians draw parallels between events in Turkey and their own protest movement and hard-line political leader.

18 June 2013

Nothing Can Stop Brazil's Vinegar Revolt, Not Even FIFA

As the international Confederation Cup football tournament played on in Brazil, massive protests against rising bus fares spread throughout the country.

Julian Assange, Calle 13, and Twitter Users Write a Song Together

René Pérez, from the musical group Calle 13, and Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, gathered ideas and suggestions from Twitter users to write a song together that will go...

17 June 2013

Baloch Separatists Bomb Historic Residence of Pakistan's Founder

A series of bombs planted by militant nationalists in southwestern Pakistan have destroyed the 19th-century residence of the country's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Fed up with ‘Rats’, Mexicans Support ‘Candidate Cat Morris’ for Mayor

The people of the state of Veracruz express their support for Morris, a cat who is "running" for the upcoming mayoral elections on July 7 under the slogan of “no...

Free Bus Fare Protest Posters in Brazil

Experts and Citizens Discuss ‘Free Culture’ in Quito, Ecuador

The Second International Congress on Free Culture was held in Quito, Ecuador, focusing on universal access to knowledge, artistic and cultural creation, the administration of culture, collective production, open access...

16 June 2013

Paying Tribute to Captain Mbaye Diagne, The Senegalese Hero of Rwanda

At the time of writing, June 2013, official commemoration of victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide is continuing around the world. But few people still remember Captain Mbaye Diagne. However,...

15 June 2013

Anonymous ‘Baba Jukwa’ Facebook Dishes Dirt on Zimbabwe Politics

New Facebook phenomenon Baba Jukwa has become a major talking point as Zimbabweans hungry for political intrigue visit “his” Facebook wall to get the latest on what is happening in...

14 June 2013

Pastor for South Korea's Biggest Church Charged with Financial Crimes

The largest Pentecostal Christian congregation in South Korea, and the world, Yoido Full Gospel church went under fire as its founder and senior pastor Cho Yong-gi await trial along with...

13 June 2013

Iran's Presidential Candidates Armed With Social Media

Iranian presidential candidates are competing with each other in use of social media like Facebook and Twitter even though these sites are filtered and generally inaccessible to internet users.

Brazilian Court Gags Activist from Protesting Construction Project Online

A Brazilian court has forbidden an agricultural engineer from speaking out on the streets and on the Internet against the construction of a high-rise apartment complex. Freedom of expression advocates...

New York Times Profiles Global Voices Cuba Contributor

12 June 2013

No Witnesses? No Rape, Says Pakistan's Islamic Council

A ruling by Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) dismissing DNA as primary evidence in rape cases has received much flak from activists in the country. The ruling has its...

Cuba Increases Internet Access From Designated Public Centers

Cuba opened 118 public centers with Internet access on the island. Called Nauta, the service can be requested in any Cuban State Telecommunications (ETESCA) commercial unit that has partnered with...

11 June 2013

Senegal's Democratic Tradition Takes Worrisome Turn

Senegal has a solid tradition of democracy and protection of freedom of expression and human rights. But recent months have seen the West African nation's reputation as a stronghold for...

Bangladesh's Capital City Dhaka Gets Its First Bus Map

Commuters who take the bus Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka, home to 15 million people and very heavy traffic, can for the first time look at a map to plan...