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22 September 2017

Criticism of Trinidad & Tobago's State Enterprise System Follows Fraud Allegation Against Oil Supplier

"The State enterprise system is the vehicle by which the unholy facilitations are carried out [...] It has been destructive of honesty, accountability and transparency."

21 September 2017

Lawmakers From Uganda's Ruling Party Want to Remove the Country's Presidential Age Limit

"20 or even 30 years from now, President Museveni will be asking for more terms...At that time, you will look back and wish you did something today."

17 September 2017

Mexico's Appeal for an Impartial Federal Prosecutor General

Mexico's ruling party wants one of its members to become the Federal Prosecutor General. Many believe this represents a conflict of interest.

16 September 2017

Estonian President Warns of ‘Self-Occupation,’ Prompting Praise and Political Spin

Estonian president's remarks against close-minded nationalism received different political interpretations abroad, obscuring her focus on the real challenges -- technological change, including the globalization of workforce.

15 September 2017

Thousands of Indians Take to Streets Seeking Justice for Murdered Journalist Gauri Lankesh

"There has rarely been a period of such constructed, deliberate terror and hatred. We are up against the largest machine of hate."

13 September 2017

China Makes Chat Group Administrators — i.e. Regular Users — Criminally Liable for Unlawful Messages

Global Voices Advocacy

Chat group administrators are becoming a key human resource in China's internet control infrastructure.

8 September 2017

The Endless Conflict That Plagues the Central African Republic

The signs of a foreseeable genocide are present everywhere at the moment with limited support available from the international community on the ground.

As Myanmar Violence Spikes, Why Is India Threatening to Deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims?

"Surely Modi's government must know of the terrible suffering these Rohingya have fled from."

6 September 2017

On WhatsApp, Fake News Is Nearly Impossible to Moderate. Is That a Bad Thing?

Global Voices Advocacy

People are keen to tackle fake news on Facebook. But picture becomes more complex when news and information spread through WhatsApp.

Iran's Foreign Minister Says He Won't Tweet in Persian Because of Twitter Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

The rhetoric of the Rouhani administration is giving off less hope for online freedoms, and the popular foreign minister's statements about not tweeting for Iranian audiences has increased concerns.

Scenes From the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border, Where Rohingya Refugees Are Seeking Refuge From Violence

"...at least few more hours of walk[ing] before they can rest and maybe one kind villager will show up and offer them some food and some water."

2 September 2017

Papua New Guinea’s Health Minister Accused of Ordering Public Hospitals to Stop Speaking About the Country’s Drug Shortage

"I must make it very, very clear, that if we run short of medicines, we will continue making noise, irrespective of the ministerial orders in place."

31 August 2017

India’s Supreme Court Says Privacy Is a Fundamental Right. How Did This Happen?

Global Voices Advocacy

A series of citizen petitions attempting to challenge the implementation of India's Aadhaar biometric ID system preceded the historic court decision.

An Indian Transgender Couple Receives Death Threats After Announcing Plans to Marry and Adopt

"We too have the same rights to live in this world, as you all are having...We aren't disturbing anyone else. In fact, we've to fight a lot to survive itself."

30 August 2017

Rape Conviction of an Indian Cult Chief Leaves Millions of Followers in Limbo

As the chief headed to court in Panchkula with a convoy of 700 cars, thousands of followers gathered on the streets of Haryana and Punjab in support of their 'godman.'

Guatemala's Top Court Rules President Can't Expel Anti-Corruption Commissioner

Guatemalans headed back to the streets to celebrate the court's decision and demand that the president step down.

29 August 2017

Guatemala’s Battle Against Corruption Reaches a Critical Tipping Point

On a rocky road toward more transparency, Guatemalans are back on the streets to protest corruption and demanding their president to step down... again.

Nigeria's President Surprises With a Speech Not About His Health, but About Ethnic Tensions

President Muhammadu Buhari finally returned after three months in the UK on medical vacation, and his first public address flagged online comments that "question[ed] our collective existence as a nation."

28 August 2017

Chinese Tech Firms Are at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence — But at What Cost?

Global Voices Advocacy

China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?

27 August 2017

Shanty Towns in Conakry and Freetown: Mismanagement and Vulnerability in Africa's Booming Capitals

For several days now, bulldozers have been demolishing houses in Démoudoula, Conakry, leaving men, women and children on the streets.

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