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· August, 2014

Stories about Digital Activism from August, 2014

21 August 2014

Crisis Data at Your Fingertips

Movement Calls for Review of Imprisonment of Cameroon's Former Chief of Staff

Moscow Shutters 4 McDonalds for Poor Sanitation, But You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

RuNet Echo

Russia closed four McDonald's locations in Moscow for "sanitary violations" in what some say is another stage of the sanctions war. The RuNet exploded with disbelief—and photos of Russian bathrooms.

20 August 2014

SMS Death Threats Stoke Fears on Fate of Abducted Journalist in Maldives

Advox

The messages came just days before the unexplained disappearance of journalist and democracy advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla.

Russians Don't Care for Bloggers, Approve of Bloggers’ Law

RuNet Echo

Russians are mostly unaware of the new bloggers' law, and those who do know about it think it's a good idea, a new public opinion poll has found.

19 August 2014

Abuse of Syrian Child on Video Sparks Outcry and Arrests

“Beat his face and head,” says a voice off-camera. “No,” pleads the boy, a nine-year-old Syrian refugee. The video has sparked intense public debate about discrimination against Syrians in Lebanon.

Sex, Censorship, and the Internet: Take the EROTICS Survey

Donetsk's Guerrilla Separatists Kidnap the Ukrainian Guerrilla Artist Who Dared to Mock Them

RuNet Echo

A Ukrainian guerrilla artist who has been stealthily putting up artworks mocking the separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic in the occupied city of Donetsk was captured by the rebels.

18 August 2014

Deadly Diseases, Violent Conflicts and White Saviors: Hollywood's Skewed Portrayal of Africa

The film "Outbreak" about a fictional Ebola-like virus hit theaters nearly 20 years ago. Has Hollywood's perception of Africa evolved since then?

A Gathering of Indigenous Language Digital Activism in Oaxaca, Mexico

Rising Voices

Global Voices, through its Rising Voices initiative, is co-organizing the Indigenous Language Digital Activism Gathering to take place in Oaxaca, Mexico in October 2014.

17 August 2014

Twitter Popularity Brings No Joy to Self-Dubbed “Shitty Slovyansk” Blogger

RuNet Echo

The information war and the real one have almost become synonymous for a Ukrainian Twitter blogger from Slovyansk, and he is sick of both.

A Syrian in Brazil: An Interview With Global Voices Contributor Rami Alhames

From Syria to Brazil, from engineering to activism and finally Global Voices, Rami Alhames has an interesting story of his own to tell.

16 August 2014

Activists Are Connecting Peruvians With Their Country's Impressive Archaeological Heritage

Lima is famous for its cuisine and Republican, colonial-style historic center, but not so much for its archeological history. A group of activists are working to change that.

15 August 2014

Russian APCs Cross Into Ukraine, Mystery Convoy Still Stuck on Border

RuNet Echo

As speculation swirls around the Russian humanitarian convoy traveling into Eastern Ukraine, Western journalists following the procession have witnessed a column of armored vehicles crossing the border into Ukraine.

National Gallery of Jamaica Director Faces Accusations of Intimidating and Bullying Employees

Blogger and cultural critic Annie Paul has criticized the management style of the gallery's Executive Director Veerle Poupeye, which she says drove two curators to leave.

14 August 2014

Palestinians Tweet Tips to Ferguson Protesters Dodging Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Police Aggression in Missouri, USA

As soon as police used teargas on protesters in the U.S. suburb Ferguson, Palestinians on Twitter responded with advice on how to deal with it.

In the Fight Against Russia, Ukraine Flirts with Kremlinesque Internet Censorship

RuNet Echo

A new draft law in Ukraine could grant the government extensive powers to shut down media outlets and block websites in the name of national security.

Why Brazilian Authorities’ Case Against 23 Anti-World Cup Activists Reads Like a Soap Opera

Love, betrayal and jealousy. The complaint against the 23 arrested includes statements from three witnesses who had personal disputes with some of the activists.

Hundreds Join a Grieving Father's Silent Protest of Slow Hit-and-Run Investigation in Serbia

Luka Jovanović, 21, was killed while he was fixing his own car on Branko Bridge in Belgrade with several friends.

13 August 2014

Crimea's One-Woman Resistance to Russian Occupation

RuNet Echo

Daria Karpenko says she is determined to stay in Crimea and report the realities of life on the ground, but she fears for her country and her family.

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