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20 January 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Site at Risk: Bulgarian Government Allows Construction in Pirin, Citizens Protest

Protesters want the controversial decision withdrawn and credible guarantees given that park preservation and the rule of law will be protected -- including the resignation of Environmental Minister Neno Dimov.

16 January 2018

Gold Mining Threatens Communities in Macedonia's Agricultural Heartland

"We've given mining concessions on top of water springs to dig out an insignificantly small amount of gold. Someone has decided to poison us with arsenic, sulfuric acid, and cyanide."

15 January 2018

Instagram in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan: A Path to Celebrity and Scandal

"Do not make yourself out to be married and decent! You've made a porridge that is not tasty and full of lumps!"

11 January 2018

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Global Voices Advocacy

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

3 January 2018

Amman's Yellow Taxis Compete for Passengers After the Arrival of Uber and Careem

For Yellow taxi drivers, the struggle for passengers is a real. Once Jordan's only private transportation option, they are totally overwhelmed by new competition.

2 January 2018

Despite Challenges, Jamaica’s Capital City Welcomes 2018 With a Dash of Optimism

While clouds linger, it appears that Kingston is determined to look on the sunny side of life in 2018.

27 December 2017

Bleak Christmas in Oil-Rich Nigeria as Fuel Scarcity Disrupts Holiday Commute Home

Christmas frenzy ground to a halt in Nigeria as Nigerians were unable to power their vehicles and businesses.

19 December 2017

The Story Behind China’s Online Literature Boom

China is experiencing a boom in online e-book sales which is changing the landscape of publishing and literature in the country.

8 December 2017

What Future for the ‘Wikipedia Seagull’ on Kazakhstan's Brand New Banknotes?

A seagull appearing on the 500 tenge note was claimed by a Swiss photographer, but officials have not acknowledged copyright infringement.

5 December 2017

In China, Skepticism Surrounding Police Investigation of Kindergarten Child Abuse Is Censored

"In a matter of a few minutes, thousands of questions popped up...Then in a matter of a few seconds, all the comments vanished and the comment function was closed."

23 November 2017

Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."

22 November 2017

Identity Theft Risk Prompts Estonia to Block the Certificates of 760,000 ID Cards

Global Voices Advocacy

On November 4, 2017 the Estonian authorities disabled the certificates of more than 760,000 national electronic ID cards due to a security vulnerability that could have compromised cards issued between...

13 November 2017

How a Female Scientist Became a Symbol of Resistance to Sexism in Kyrgyzstan

"Take that patriarchs! A woman scientist is saving lives while you make judgements on how to correctly collect dirty socks!"

12 November 2017

Albanian Activists Hold Two-Day Protest Against the Building of Hydropower Plants in Valbona National Park

There are three hydropower plants under construction, and eight more are being considered by the Ministry of Energy in the pristine natural heritage areas across Albania.

11 November 2017

Female-Run Restaurant Bends Back Social Barriers in Pakistan's Quetta

"Years ago, women’s lives were limited to the four walls of the house in Hazara Town, but it is no longer the case now."

9 November 2017

One Nation, One Tax: The Impact of India's Goods and Services Tax

The Indian government deems the newly implemented Goods and Services Tax a success, but many small businesses have been adversely affected and protests are mounting.

30 October 2017

A Son of Indian Billionaire ‘Resides’ in a Modest Post-Communist Building in Macedonia

Indian billionaire son's residence in Skopje -- and whether or not he actually resides there -- has brought up questions of corrupt ties to the former ruling party of Macedonia.

26 October 2017

Ex-Refugee Who Slept Rough in Rome Now Runs Several Businesses, Dreams of Rebuilding Afghanistan

The Bridge

"I want to invest in Afghanistan, I have never forgotten my country and I can’t live happily, knowing that my people are suffering."

23 October 2017

Documentary: Lost in the Ruins of Georgia's Soviet-Era Tea Industry

"There was not a single unemployed person in Laituri. Everyone was employed at either the plantation or the factory."

15 October 2017

Not Without a Fight: The Battle for Affordable Housing in Cape Town

The Bridge

For many residents of Cape Town, South Africa—a city often touted for its quality of life—the legacy of segregation and spatial apartheid persists in a tangible and powerful way.

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